What Students Say About U of T - Princeton Review

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Subject: What Students Say About U of T - Princeton Review
What Toronto Students Say About...

Student Body

"There is no typical student" at U of T because "Toronto is a multicultural city, and the university is in the middle of that." The school is home to "a high concentration of Indian and East Asian students. Most stay within their own ethnic groups." Because the majority of students live off campus, "the typical student is a commuter who spends most of her time on the bus or subway going from the university to where [she lives]. I think students feel very isolated, and it is hard for them to get involved with school activities." That sense of isolation is further intensified by the sense that "many of the students are very competitive and do not help each other out." Competition is most pronounced, students agree, in the sciences and engineering; humanities students, conversely, report a more friendly, cooperative atmosphere. Because of the relatively small population of campus residents, "there is a lack of participation in anything nonacademic, and there is very little (if any) school spirit."

What Toronto Students Say About...


University of Toronto (U of T) is the quintessential large public university, offering its students "excellent research opportunities," "a wide variety of co-op programs," "multiculturalism and a huge selection of courses," and, unfortunately, "a huge student body that makes one feel like just one more in a crowd." Students warn that there´s "not much outreach to us students" and "not enough staff to run the school smoothly." In other words, self-sufficiency is a requirement to succeed here. Making the U of T experience even more stressful is its notoriously demanding academics. Students warn that "professors are extremely difficult graders. They require immense commitment to studying. You can´t ever slack off or fall behind." As a result, "students are extremely competitive. Grades are all-important to many." Upping the ante is the fact that "everyone wants to get a good GPA to get into the ´specialist´ programs, which I think should be open to everyone who is interested, not only to those who have a specific GPA." Toronto profs are a mixed bag; writes one student, "Professors are either extremely helpful, or they don´t give a hoot about you." Many note that "professors seem more personable and approachable in higher-level courses." Summing up the U of T experience, one student writes, "The strength of this school is also its biggest weakness: it is really, really big. That means we get the best academics, researchers, city, etc. However, if you like the small-town experience, don´t come here."

What Toronto Students Say About...

Campus Life

Toronto students generally agree that their school is not conducive to an active social scene. Many factors, they report, contribute to the dearth of extracurricular life here. As one student puts it, "Since U of T is extremely large, it has a huge student population, and it is hard to feel like you actually belong and are wanted here." The large commuter population means that "many here are already in their own cliques formed previously, and it is very hard to find a good group of people to spend time with on campus." Finally, there´s the intensity of the academic pressure and the competitiveness among students, which means that a student´s schedule typically consists of nothing more than "going to class, studying, procrastinating, cramming before a test, drinking to celebrate afterward, and sleeping a lot." On a positive note, some tell us that "if you make an effort to participate, you´ll probably find an organization that is suitable for you because the school is so large. There are revolver clubs and Kendo clubs, for example, to name just two." Fortunately, hometown Toronto is a major metropolis offering a near-endless stream of options. As one student put it, "The best thing about U of T is that it is right in the middle of Toronto." Students here also like the fact that "all the buildings are connected. Therefore there is no need to go outside in the roaring winds to run from class to class."


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How can you tour India and China in just one hour?

Just visit U of T.


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Uof t is school for people who know what they want, ie. mature, intelligent, sussed. If you´re not of this ilk, go elsewhere. We´re the biggest, brightest and the best in this country. Get used to it.
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U of T is boring and it has no style.
Steve Jobs
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We also have a 90% acceptance rate, far larger than any university in canada and the world
my 2 cents (in reply to: What Students Say About U of T - Princeton Review)
The mentality of the criticism of this article EXPECTS the school to do stuff for you. That´s just not the way is it, and that´s not the way anything in life is. You want anything you go out and get it - in school or in life. U of T is like Toronto or any big city... its top notch, but if you want anything you gotta earn it. You can´t be lazy and spoiled... like a lot of these kids.

Anyway my two cents, and personally I think U of T was a great school, socially, academically and in every which way.

U of T Application process and others (in reply to: What Students Say About U of T - Princeton Review)
I´ve been trying to get into a specific course at U of T and YORK university for a while now. To compare and contrast, YORK´s website took 30 minutes for me to gather all the info that I needed to apply, and they allowed me the option of applying via a paper application that I would mail directly to the university.

The U of T website is hard, annnoying, illogical and doesn´t follow a logical path of application. It took 5 hours to find all that I needed, and after 3 phone calls to the administration office for awards and Admissions, I was told that I HAD TO apply via the OUAC website or paper application. What does this mean? It means I have to shell out 210 dollars to apply to one school that will include the cost of processing at U of T, and OUAC. York costs me, get this....90 dollars! Hey there´s a novel idea. DIRECT CONTACT WITH A UNIVERSITY!

I do not know why a simple question to the people at U of Toronto ends with a friggin essay of words. Alot can be said for simplicity and YORK has it.

Plus I did not get a feeling of welcome during the U of T orientation and welcoming tour. It seemed very cold, impersonal. I guess when you are THIS big a university, indivudals don´t matter. Funny, I didn´t get that from York at all.

It seems to me that I won´t apply to U of T. Why? they don´t care. Administration doesn´t care and the faculty doesn´t care. My questions went relatively unasnwered, their office of registrar is no help. Again, simple questions seem to make these people with degrees, rather stumped. Andf I wanted to go there, why?

Reality is, I haven´t seen maturity from U of T. I´m unimpressed. It´s a wasteful school that doesn´t seem to care about applicants. And why should they? They are a name-Brand of education. And I think they are full of themselves.

Hello YORK University, goodbye U of T. I won´t be missing U.


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