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The Faculty of Arts & Science

Since the first classics, chemistry, philosophy and physics classes were taught at King’s College U of T’s precursor in 1843, the Faculty of Arts & Science has evolved into one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in North America and established itself as the heart of one of the world’s leading universities.

Home to the majority of undergraduates on the St. George campus, Arts & Science offers an unparalleled breadth of programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in arts, science and commerce.

Our students both graduate and undergraduate are at the core of our research enterprise, working on campus, in the community and abroad. Our location at the centre of Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse cities, opens up a broad range of experiential opportunities, from service learning to internships.

Our faculty members, past and present, include many of the world’s leading scholars and scientists. Their discoveries and innovations have advanced our understanding of the world and continue to address many of society’s most pressing challenges.


Arts & Science at a Glance (PDF)
September 2014

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Quick Facts

  • Students
    • 25,848 undergraduates
    • 4,299 graduate students
    • Students in the Faculty come from over 140 different countries around the world
    • More than half of U of T’s students self-identify as a visible minority
    • One in five is the first in their family to attend university
    • Housing is guaranteed to new full-time students entering their first year of an undergraduate program
    • Arts & Science students take part in exchanges at more than 150 universities in more than 40 countries
    • 25 per cent of the student population are international students
  • Faculty & Staff
    • 944 faculty
    • 792 administrative staff
    • 50 per cent of our professors are immigrants or nonpermanent residents
  • Alumni
    • 243,109 alumni in more than 160 countries worldwide
    • Notable alumni include:
      • Nobel Laureates:
        • Bertram Brockhouse, Physics 1994
        • Walter Kohn, Chemistry 1998
        • James Orbinski, Nobel Peace Prize 1999 - who accepted this Prize on behalf of Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
        • Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize 1957
        • Arthur Schawlow, Physics 1981
      • Award-winning authors: Margaret Atwood, Joy Fielding, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat and Stephen Leacock
      • Renowned film directors: David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Arthur Hiller, Norman Jewison and Shelley Saywell
      • Former Prime Ministers: William Lyon Mackenzie King, Paul Martin, Arthur Meighen and Lester B. Pearson and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

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Note: All content up to date as of August 2015.