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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.

Students

    • 25,848 undergraduates
    • 4,049 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

    • 971 faculty
    • 835 administrative staff
    • 50 per cent of our professors are immigrants or nonpermanent residents

Alumni

We have over 253,000 alumni living in more than 190 countries. Every day, and in every sector – government, industry, business, scientific research, arts and culture, education, health, human rights and more – our alumni are stepping up to make a far-reaching and positive difference in their communities and around the world.

Notable alumni include:

  • Canadian Prime Ministers: William Lyon Mackenzie King, Paul Martin, Arthur Meighen, Lester B. Pearson
  • Canadian Governors General: Adrienne Clarkson
  • Nobel laureates: Bertram Brockhouse (Physics), Arthur Schawlow (Physics), Walter Kohn (Chemistry)
  • Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Lester B. Pearson, Dr. James Orbinski (who accepted on behalf of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières)
  • Supreme Court Justices: Rosalie Abella, John Douglas Armour, Henry Hague Davis, Lyman Poore Duff, Andromache Karakatsanis, Albert Clements Killam, John Henderson Lamont, Bora Laskin, John Sopinka, Wishart Flett Spence
  • Canadian literary luminaries: Margaret Atwood, Joy Fielding, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat, Stephen Leacock
  • Juno Award winners: Sophie Milman
  • Renowned filmmakers: David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Arthur Hiller, Norman Jewison, Shelley Saywell

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 Last updated: September 2017