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Small Class Experience

There are a wide variety of small class experiences available in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

In first year, a number of initiatives provide such small class experiences:

  • First-Year Seminars: The program features 100 first-year seminars, capped at 24 students each, in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and in interdisciplinary studies. Each course focuses on issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular topic or theme. Details here.
  • First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs): The First-Year Learning Communities program is designed to improve the transitional experience for first-year students. FLCs (pronounced “flicks”) provide first-year students with the opportunity to meet classmates, develop friendships, form study groups, and develop academic and personal skills while introducing students to the resources and opportunities available on campus and in the surrounding community. Details here.
  • College ONE Programs:  The Faculty of Arts & Science offers several first-year initiatives that help students with the transition to university life. Each program requires a separate, online application. Details here.
  • Vic One Hundred Seminars:  One Hundred Seminars are small courses offered by Victoria College designed to introduce first-year students to university learning. Details here.


Did you know that of the almost 500 lecture sections in first-year courses, over 60% are smaller than 40 students?   And even in larger first year classes, many have opportunities for small group learning in tutorials and labs.

And when you consider courses in all years, there are a multitude of small classes. In fact, of over 3500 lecture sections offered in 2012-2013, more than 85% have fewer than 100 students, and almost 70% have fewer than 50 students.