University of Toronto

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s top university with a long history of challenging the impossible and transforming society through the ingenuity and resolve of its faculty, students, alumni and supporters.

With over 1.45 billion dollars in research funding, we are proud to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, bringing together top minds from every conceivable background and discipline to collaborate on the world’s most pressing challenges.

Our community is a catalyst for discovery, innovation and progress, creating knowledge and solutions that make a tangible difference around the globe. And we prepare our students for success through an outstanding global education rooted in excellence, inclusion and close-knit learning communities.

The ideas, innovations and contributions of more than 640,000 graduates advance U of T’s impact on communities across the globe.

Together, we continue to defy gravity by taking on what might seem unattainable today and generating the ideas and talent needed to build a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future.

The University of Toronto is comprised of three campuses, St. George in downtown Toronto, and Scarborough and Mississauga campuses. The University of Toronto offers over 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs. The university consistently ranks in the top ten public universities in the world and as the top university in Canada.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1827
Total Number of Staff 25253
Number of Academic Staff 15111
Number of Students 97066
Focus Areas

Researchers and academics across the University have made significant contributions to Arctic research in Canada and beyond, in diverse areas including health and technology; environmental science; architecture; and the arts.

With respect to Arctic research, we have approximately 25 researchers who do research with an Arctic focus, in addition to many co-investigators and graduate students.

Thematic areas include:

Climate and environmental sciences (Professors Rudy Boonstra; Laura Brown; Irena Creed; Sarah Finkelstein; Jochen Halfar; Yuhong He; Peter Kotanen; Paul Kushner; Igor Lehnherr; Bailey McMeans; Kent Moore; Trevor Porter; Kimberly Strong) with research programs in the departments of Physics, Geography, Chemical and Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences. This includes connections to the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network (, and founding members of CANDAC – the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change, which has established the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut.

Health and health technology: (Professors Jeffrey Ansloos; Allison Crawford; Tracey Galloway; Carmen Logie; Jana MacLachlan; Alex Mihailidis) with research programs in the the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and Department of Anthropology. Areas of research include Indigenous knowledges, health and wellbeing; suicide prevention and life promotion; health technologies; nutrition science; sexual and reproductive health and rights; chronic disease; medical ethics; and health and public health policy.

Humanities and the Arts: This is an emerging area at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mark Cheetham, in the Department of Art History, leads a working group on Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North at the Jackman Humanities Institute. The group brings together interdisciplinary perspectives on Indigenous, environmental, and settler pasts, presents and futures around the Circumpolar North to examine the complex visual/textual cultures of this region. Ms. Lisa Boivin, Dene artist and PhD candidate brings together bioethics and the land-based practices of Dene medicine through her paintings and writing. Dr. Allison Crawford brings medicine and the arts together through her work in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of English.

Architecture: At the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design Professor Mason White leads a research group that understands architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its environment and history. Lateral Office, the design practice he founded, was awarded Special Mention from the international jury for the project “Arctic Adaptations,” at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture. His SSHRC funded research has included studies on housing in Nunavut.

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Fields of Study Offered Basic/broad, general programmes
Teacher training and education science (broad programmes)
Fine arts
Music and performing arts
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Journalism and information (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Law (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)