University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto is Canada's largest university. U of T offers teaching programs in 17 academic divisions. Its programs are held on the St. George campus in downtown Toronto, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto. U of T has over 6,000 international students, about nine per cent of the student population.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • 67,692 students (59,389 full-time), 11,365 faculty and staff and 387,000 alumni
  • operating budget: $1.107 billion
  • research grant and contract support: $517 million
  • 75 PhD programs, 14 professional faculties
  • library has over 15 million holdings and is one of the top 4 research libraries in North America

Research Achievements:

  • developed first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant and artificial pancreas
  • isolated gene that allows plants to grow in salt water
  • developed the chemical laser
  • developed the anti-blackout suit, later adapted to create the astronaut space suit
  • created the infant cereal Pablum

Noted Alumni:

  • authors Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry and Stephen Leacock
  • film directors David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Arthur Hiller, Norman Jewison
  • opera singers Measha Brueggergosman, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Teresa Stratas and Maureen Forrester
  • business leaders Edward S. "Ted" Rogers (Rogers Cable) and Jeff Skoll (eBay)
  • media personalities Peter Gzowski, Barbara Amiel, Evan Soloman and Barbara Frum
  • astronauts Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette
  • comedy duo Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster
  • Prime Minister Paul Martin; also William Lyon Mackenzie King, Arthur Meighen and Lester B. Pearson
  • former Ontario premiers Bob Rae, David Peterson and William Davis
  • Ontario's first woman lieutenant-governor Pauline McGibbon
  • Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and past Governor General Vincent Massey
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