Institution Spotlight: University of Toronto

Kristina (KK) Miller

May 13, 2018

Located in the biggest city in Canada, the University of Toronto (UofT) is sprawled across three distinct campuses in the vast city. It operates on land that, for thousands of years, has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River and is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island.

The university was officially established in 1827 as a royal charter by King George IV, with the name changed from King’s College to the University of Toronto in 1849. The three campuses, St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough, all have unique features that inspire students, staff and faculty from around the world to join their team. The St. George campus is in the heart of the 6ix and is a pocket of nature snuggly nestled amongst towering skyscrapers. One feature of the downtown campus is the Hart House, which is one of the earliest student centers in North America when it was built in 1919. One of the most famous and successful clubs is the Hart House Chess Club which encourages players of all levels to pull up a chair and play.

The satellite campuses of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and the University of Mississauga (UTM), both became a part of the UofT system in the 1950s and have developed specific focuses of study and impressions. UTSC is located in a suburban parkland and is home to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, while UTM is hidden behind lush trees and greenery where wild animals can frequently be seen. These three campuses are home to the 700 undergraduate programs and 200 Master’s and Doctoral level programs that the UofT has to offer. Whether looking for a program of study or a break from the hustle of the city, the University of Toronto welcomes all to their campuses.

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