Innis College

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Named in honour of the late Harold Innis, political economist and pioneer in communication studies, Innis College makes its home in a unique building designed by the award-winning architect Jack Diamond, who blended a distinguished Victorian home with a sunny, modern atrium and classroom/office complex. At its centre is the newly-renovated Town Hall, a state-of-the-art auditorium that serves variously as a classroom, meeting hall and movie theatre, not just for the Innis and wider-university communities but for city events and the many film festivals that Toronto hosts. The building also includes a popular café offering breakfast and lunch, a rooftop deck, outdoor patio and gardens, library and comfortable student and study space over multiple floors. Innis offers student services such as the Writing Centre which was the first writing lab to be established in Canada. Situated directly across the street is the Innis Residence, the first apartment-style residence on campus giving students single bedrooms in a shared common space suite. Innis employs a parity governance structure giving students and faculty/staff equal voice in its management.

Innis College contributes interdisciplinary programs to the Faculty of Arts & Science, including Urban Studies, which was the first to offer an experiential learning component in its program. Innis also sponsors the Writing and Rhetoric program, chosen by a wide range of students for its attention to honing critical thinking and writing skills across many disciplines. Finally, Innis College houses the Cinema Studies Institute, teaching and inspiring undergraduate and graduate students in a city renowned for its love of film.

 

SIZE: 1,950 students

DATE FOUNDED: 1964

 

Distinguished Alumni

    •  Dr. Alan Bernstein (President & CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)
    • Linda Schuyler (co-creator of Degrassi TV franchise)
    • Jessi Cruickshank (TV personality, talk show host, actress)
    • Jonathan T. Fried (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization)
    • Mark McDowell (Canada’s Ambassador to Myanmar)
    • Jeff Rubin (economist and former CIBC World Markets expert)

     

    Scholarships and Awards

    Innis College offers a wide range of scholarships for new, returning and graduating students, including over 130 awards based on academic achievement, with a further 30 for academic achievement and financial need. The college especially prizes leadership and innovation; accordingly, over 20 scholarships recognize committed community engagement whether at Innis, on campus or beyond.

     

    Contact Information

    Tel: (416) 978-2513
    registrar.innis@utoronto.ca
    Innis Website