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 Town Hall, an auditorium that serves variously as a classroom, meeting hall, and movie theatre, not just for the Innis and university communities but for city events and the many film festivals that Toronto hosts. The building also includes a popular café/bistro with an outdoor patio, library, student services such as the Writing Centre (the first writing lab established in Canada) and comfortable student space over multiple floors. Across the street stands the popular Innis Residence, the first apartment-style residence on campus. Students and faculty/staff jointly direct the College by way of its parity governance structure. Innis College contributes three interdisciplinary programs to the Faculty of Arts & Science, including Urban Studies, the first such program in the Faculty and the first to offer experiential learning. 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 new Cinema Studies Institute, teaching and inspiring undergraduate and graduate students in a city renowned for its love of film.
SIZE: 1,900 students
DATE FOUNDED: 1964
- Dr. Alan Bernstein, Executive Director, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
- Jessi Cruickshank, TV personality, talk show host and actress
- 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.