University of Toronto Information Session on Feb

University of Toronto Information Session on Feb. 12 2013
Presenter Natasha
UofT was established in 1827. Received Nobel prize for medicine for discovery of insulin.
The Times of Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013
UofT ranked
UofT is the top Canadian university on this list.
Diverse community- students from 163 countries from all over the world.
10 Nobel Laureates were based at UofT during significant points in their career.
20 M items in UofT s 42 individual libraries.
700 + programs offered to undergrad students.
700 + student clubs.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city. A multicultural city.
UofT is a place of neighbourhoods. A university of communities in 3 campuses. One university
three campuses. Students graduate from the university, irrespective of the campus.
St. George Campus
Earlier formed on farm land. Over 50,000 students on this campus. 32,000 undergrads.
Five different faculties on campus. These are first entry programs from high school.
1. Faculty of Arts and Science: Arts and Science are offered in all three campuses. Six ways to
apply to this faculty- Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical and Mathematical
Sciences, Rotman Commerce and Social Sciences.
Over 300 programs. Over 2000 courses. Admission average 80% or higher. Commerce high 80s
and low 90s.
Big Ideas- new course. Interdisciplinary . Promotes critical thinking.
2. Faculty of Architectural Studies- This was earlier housed in grad studies. Now there is a
Bachelor of Arts , BA, in Architectural Studies. Students can choose either Architectural Design
or History, Theory and Criticism. Small faculty. This is an evolving project.
3. Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education: Small faculty. New Bachelor of Kinesiology , BKin,
program. More of science and biomechanics. Students do two foundation years. After that they
can choose Bachelor of Physical and Health Education , BPHE, or BKin.
4. Faculty of Music: One of the smallest faculties.
Program Areas:
 Artist Diploma
 Composition
 Comprehensiv e
 Concurrent Education/Music Education
 History and Theory
 Music Education
 Performance
5. Faculty of Engineering (Applied Science) BASc
General First Year- TrackOne. Spend first year exploring a variety of disciplines, an
opportunity to discover which core program is right for you. After first year, transition
into second year core program. You cannot get into Engineering Science from TrackOne.
Core Programs: Enter directly into one of the eight core programs.
Engineering Science. First two years build a solid foundation and in last two years focus
on one of the eight specialized majors. See engineering booklet.
Engineering minors and certificates:
Minor in BEERS. Minor is quite unique to UofT
B ioengineering
E ngineering Business
E nvironmental Engineering
R obotics & Mechatronics
S ustainable Energy
Engineering Certificates – Explore more than one topic outside your main area of engineering study.
Most people stay in engineering for about five years. After that they go into something else like
consulting for eg. Retention rate this year in engineering is 94%. The remaining 6% have gone into other
faculties or programs.
Mississauga Campus- UTM
Younger campus. Shuttle service included in their campus fee. Also included in fees is Mississauga transit
pass. Don’t meet English requirements. They have English program. See brochure. 12,200 undergrad
students on campus. Home to the latest academies in medicine. This is helpful for their forensics
sciences program.
Unique to UTM
 Forensic Science- brand new crime scene house. Those who are not so much into Science but
like forensics can do anthropology, psychology.
 Visual Studies
 Theatre and Drama
 Communication and Culture
 Computer Science
Program Areas
Offer both Commerce and Management.
Communication, Culture, Information and Technology Major (CCIT) Sheridan College is only 20
minutes from this campus. Can take Communication, Culture at UofTM and IT at Sheridan
College. The CCIT program combines academic courses in the arts and social sciences taught at
the University of Toronto Mississauga with hands-on applied courses in digital media and
technology taught at both UTM and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced
Learning, offering an appealing opportunity for students to concurrently obtain both an
undergraduate bachelor of arts degree and a Certificate in Digital Communications from
Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies offers three programs:
Theatre and Drama Studies (Specialist; joint program between U of T Mississauga and Sheridan
College) , Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Major , Theatre, Drama and Performance
Art & Art History and Visual Culture & Communication are joint programs with Sheridan Institute
of Technology and Advanced Learning. Students combine academic studies at UTM with handson classes at Sheridan, studio art in the case of Art & Art History and media production studios
in the case of Visual Culture & Communication.
UofT Scarborough- UTSC
Smaller, tight knit. Lots of green space. Great for hiking. At the same time very modern. 11,000 students.
Family and residential neighbourhood.Over 100 programs. UTSC is nicknamed coop campus. 8 to 12
months of paid work experience. Yet the programs are so designed to graduate in 4 years. But
academically identical with non-coop program. So no extra time. Jobs are closely related to their area of
study. Resumes, interview skills built into coop. Over 50 different coop programs.
Unique to UTSC
 Paramedicine (Life Sciences BSc):The paramedicine program is a joint program
with Centennial College. Over the course of four years of study, students receive an
Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Paramedic Diploma
from Centennial College. By the end of the third year of study, students are ready to write
the appropriate examinations to become a practicing paramedic. This program combines
the academic aspects of university study with the practical aspects of college study.
Through their courses at UTSC, students will gain a solid foundation in topics such as
biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, genetics, histology, pathology, psychology
and statistics/data analysis. At Centennial College, students will learn the theory and
practical requirements for the paramedic profession.
 Mental health studies (Life Sciences BSc) focuses on pathologies of the mind. It seeks to
understand the causes of mental disorders from the level of the brain to the impact on
everyday life. Clinical psychology- unique in North America.
Journalism Program (Humanities BA)- UofTs only journalism program in this campus.
UofT degree plus Centennial College diploma earned.
New Media Studies
 Biodiversity, ecology and evolution- work with Toronto Zoo
Colleges – Within faculties. Divided into 7 colleges. They have their student governance. All are
fantastic. They have their own personalities. It’s all about the right fit for you. They have residences,
clubs. They are little neighbourhoods. Trinity, Innes and Victoria college need to be listed first if you
want to be considered for these.
Unique Learning Opportunities at UofT
 Third largest in terms of publishing. First Harvard, next The University of Tokyo.
 Global Learning- international exchange, summer programs abroad, do minor in other
universities like University in Singapore.
 Coops and Career Learning- In the Professional Year (PEY) students take one year off and work
for a company for one year and then go back to university for their 4th year. Coop students apply
directly from high school. Whereas for PEY students can apply in second year of university.
Students in any academic program can do an international exchange program.
 Life at UofT boundless enthusiasm.
 UofT they are having a co curricular record. When they graduate they get a transcript of all their
co curricular activities. Many universities in Canada are doing this.
 About 23 varsity athletics. Has Canada’s largest intramural sports- play for fun
 Transition- Eng. Has first year office to help Ist year students. There is help. Ask for it. It’s there.
St. George Campus has clubs day. Walk around and look at all the things they offer.
 Apply online at
 Recommended to apply to apply by Jan. 1. Hard deadline to apply is after this
 Some divisions like engineering, Rotman Commerce (time supplemental) need student
 Join UofT portal and check status
 Admission based primarily on academic assessment
 Two broadcasts every week- Tuesdays and Thursdays . They do Q and A. Ask a recruiter and
they will answer your questions live. All broadcasts are archived. Will be done till July.
Receive tons of information
 Change- Need only 4 approved subjects including English for admission. If Calculus is
required for a program it can be part of the 4 required courses. Engineering needs five
courses. Calculus is the fifth course for engineering. For all others it is only 4 courses.
Exception: For engineering if students present IELTS/ TOEFL etc score for English then GPA is
based on 4 program specific courses (except English 12). They however still need to have a
fifth course.
 In Science, Engineering and Business students study university level Calculus, hence they do
need some Calculus background in high school.
 Now accept more courses for admission. For eg. Law 12. Check website for the list.
Counsellors website.
 If Calculus is required, C, then it must be Calculus 12 or Calculus AP (AB or BC).
 Engineering applicants must also present Chemistry and Physics.
 Engineering does not give transfer standing for AP and IB courses. All others do.
 In program choices if students first choice is engineering they must indicate engineering as
their first choice in the application. Engineering would like to know that students are really
keen on getting into their program and it is students first choice.
 Transcripts- Need paper copies throughout the year. Term 1, Term 2 . TRAX through PSI. If
admission offer is received based on term 1 mark then students don’t need to send in their
term 2 marks. But if they apply for multiple programs and want to be considered for them,
then it is better to submit term 2 marks. No harm in sending multiple transcripts. New this
year all transcripts need to be sent only to Central Enrolment Services at the Registrars
Office. They will scan and send copies to engineering faculty. But students can send their
transcripts to engineering directly if that is the only faculty they are applying to.
 Engineering is the only faculty where you can self-report marks
 Recommended to have 70 to 75% in English 12. For engineering need 70% in English 12.
 English Language Requirement: 4 years of study in English, where English is the primary
language of instruction. 4 years including ESL. Otherwise need IELTS or TOEFL. Students who
present IELTS/TOEFL and other scores can use one course other than English 12 in their
admission average for all faculties.
 Challenge Courses- Will not be used in GPA
 Second Language Course- Will be accepted if it taken as a course in class or online. But if
only exam is challenged then it will not be accepted.
 English 12 Provincial Exam Mark- timing of provincial is too late for admission. So basicallcy
admission is based on classmark. But final blended mark is looked at. Admission can be
revoked if final mark does not meet admission requirements.
 Online courses- If approved by the Ministry of Education is okay. If ministry approves, UofT
is obligated to take it. In Ontario students need permission from home school to take an
online course. For online courses students get a transcript only if 50% of the course work
has been completed. If these courses are taken outside of school, students must inform
UofT, especially if transcripts will be sent in later.
 Repeat Courses- Engineering and Rotman Commerce do not accept repeat marks. UTM,
(Mississauga ) will accept repeat marks for admission but not for scholarship. UTS Prefer
they don’t repeat a course. How they handle these marks varies. Whether it is a prerequisite course or multiple courses. What was their mark for their first time etc. Repeat
courses may not show on the ministry transcript but will on school transcript.
 When BC students apply 105 application, they are considered for programs based on their
choice rankings. If students want to be considered for all their choices, then they must write
to the registrar. Engineering might consider all their applications.
 Foundations Math 12 is one of the acceptable Gr. 12 courses. But if a program requires a
math that is F, then the BC equivalency is Pre-Calculus 12.
 First admission offers sent out in Feb.
 Gr. 11 marks can be considered if they are very good for early admission.
Application Deadlines
March 1 is the deadline for Arts and Science
Engineering extended to March 15
OUAC will show deadlines
One can create dummy accounts on OUAC to see how it looks like.
Scholarships and Awards
Entrance scholarships from $500 to $25000. Guaranteed assistance for Canadian students with
demonstrated financial need. Encourage all students to apply for UTAPS. UofT Advanced Planning of
Studies. Start filling UTAPS in January but by end of Feb. This is an online planning tool. UTAS
application is good for getting some extra money, other than BC student loan amount.
Workstudy Program- earlier tied to student loans. Now it is not dependent on financial need. Anybody
can apply for these campus jobs. About 12 hours a week, about $10 per hour.
Degrees will be received from UofT irrespective of the campus of study. But transcripts will say which
campus they are from. Lots of professors from Rotman Commerce teach at UTM.