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No matter what subjects or on which campus the student in your family has chosen to study, you can expect them to be challenged intellectually, to be exposed to a wide range of choices and opportunities, and to find support if they encounter any difficulties.

When your student has been admitted to U of T communication on all academic matters takes place with your student directly. This does not mean, however, that you cannot play a role in your student’s continued academic success.

Understanding how the university is organized, what is expected of students, and how they can get help if they need it, will prepare you to be a good source of advice to your student should they ask for it.

In order to maintain a personal level of service and consistent quality, U of T operates in a decentralized manner. The academic programs of the University of Toronto are organized into:

Transition programs

First-entry faculties

Second-entry faculties

Graduate programs

In this Section

  • The College system

    Within the Faculty of Arts and Science, all students also belong to one of seven colleges. This provides the advantages of a small college experience, combined with membership in the nation’s top research university. Colleges become a home base for students in a large and diverse university — a place for them to go for […]

  • Choosing courses & programs

    The course selection procedures differ by faculty and it is your student’s responsibility to read carefully all of the instructions and requirements. At first glance, the course selection materials appear daunting. Don’t worry, help is available at their campus, faculty or college. Generally, Arts and Science students should select their courses in first year with […]

  • Workload

    When they first look at their timetables, many students assume that they will have lots of free time. A humanities or social sciences student, for example, may have 15 hours of classes per week, a life science student will average about 20 hours, while an engineering student will have approximately 25-30 hours in class per […]

  • Grades & student records

    The grading system can be a bit of a shock both to students and family members. U of T accepts only the best students, so expectations are understandably much higher than in high school. Since the majority of our students enter university with high school averages in the 80’s or 90’s, they may experience a […]

  • U of T Libraries

    U of T libraries can help your student Librarians often see students who struggle with the research component of their assignments. They can help put them on the right track by showing them how to look for credible sources of information, and how to start their search. Students really appreciate their help. Librarians are available […]