Choosing your College

When you apply to the Faculty of Arts & Science, you will be asked to select your college preferences. They are all good choices, but you should choose according to your personal interests. 

Each college has its own character or personality. In ordering your choices you may wish to consider location, residence type and space, size of membership, architecture, religious affiliation, family tradition, choices made by your friends, or any other factors which may make some colleges more appealing to you than others.

It is important to remember that whichever college you are a member of, you will have access to all courses and programs offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science. College affiliation does not restrict academic choices. In your classes, you will meet students from every college. And in your college, you will meet students studying arts, sciences and commerce.



Important things to consider when choosing colleges

  • The style of residence varies by college. Innis and Woodsworth Colleges have apartment-style residences, the other five colleges have traditional dorm-style residences. The Student Experience page provides more details about each residence.

  • From east to west, the seven colleges are scattered across the St. George campus. See the campus map to get a sense of where each is located.

  • Similarly, the colleges vary by size: Trinity and Innis are small, whereas Woodsworth is large. See the Arts & Science viewbook and the college websites for specific details. 

  • Due to demand, the following colleges will ONLY consider students who select the college as their first choice:
  • Additionally, you need to rank Woodsworth College first if you are a Rotman Commerce student wishing to be a member of Woodsworth College and/or if you wish to live in Woodsworth residence.

  • Each college has its own academic criteria for membership and residence acceptance. Some colleges have higher grade requirements than others. Academic "cut-offs" may change from year to year, depending on the size and range of the applicant pool and the admission targets set by the Faculty of Arts & Science. Two colleges – Trinity and Victoria – also base their decision on an applicant profile.

Get to know the colleges