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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a sophomore and had only 1 mediocre teacher, all of the other have been amazingly supportive... The class sizes can be intimidating but it never stopped me from getting to know my professors and keep a good relationship with them. My friends and I used to have coffee with our socilogy professor during first year and like him many professor are very approachable and friendly towards you.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The new athletic facility built close to UTSC is AMAZING. I don't think any university can display a facility like that since it will be the place where the Pan AM games will happen.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Top notch, Campus Police is always at your disposal if you ever need them, even if you need transportation to somewhere during the night. The campus seems always overall pretty secure, I have never felt unsafe around here.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties can be founded within Residence as long as you know the right people, depending on big University parties will leave leave you disappointed.

1 College Freshman

Academics: Academics here is horrible. Low quality teaching and crazy bell curves guarantee a C average. Class sizes here are huge, each class uses a variety of different websites for coursework, the university requires its students to use multiple websites, such as the email, ROSI, blackboard etc. Everything is so confusing here and the administration does nothing to help. While my hs friends going to other schools found out about their dorms and roommates and academic advisors in May, I didn't hear about any of that until the week before I started school. That's when I also realized that UT does NOT assign academic advisors to students. If you need advising, you can email your extremely unhelpful registrars who really don't give a damn about you. To UT, you are just a number. The administration and the professors could care less. At the same time, the workload (especially if you're in Life Sci or Engineering) is insane, coupled with longer class hours can be overwhelming and depressing. Did I mention that professors only have 1-2 office hours per week? Yeah, i laughed out loud in class when my math prof announced that. Absolutely ridiculous. I only came here for the "prestige" and boy do I regret that decision. That UT "prestige" comes from the huge amount of research done by the graduate schools, who the professors only have time for. So, if you're an undergrad, bend over and grease up for 4 years of loneliness because people here have to be selfish in order to survive.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: U of T is building a new athletics centre this year which is going to be even better than the one we have now -- it will be great when it is finished! :)

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love it! I wouldn't mind living here after I graduate but maybe a bit further out so you can have a quiet space but still be within 15-20 minutes of downtown on the bus or subway.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety in downtown Toronto for everyone! Some places are more expensive than others but convenience wise you can never go without a meal as there is dining on every street near U of T. :)

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had friends who lived on campus and they said that it is great for the "University experience" meaning close to classes and events but not so great for the spaciousness and close proximity to other roommates. It can be very expensive as well so after first year be sure to look around, maybe find a place that isn't right next to your lecture hall. ;) You will have to commute on the TTC but I go on the train for an hour and you can get a lot of your readings done for a much cheaper living accommodation. Be sure to get the best deal as being a student is very expensive! :)

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: U of T is known for it's harsh marking and lots of reading. You have to be prepared to do them if you want to succeed! Some people can pull all nighters and get alright grades but this isn't the way to as they know when you're writing it the night before! Plan ahead and you'll be fine but don't expect to get amazing grades if you aren't willing to take the time way before the paper is due and talk to TA's of professors.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is smooth but scholarships at U of T are poor after admissions into University. When going from high school to University you will get an entrance scholarship based on grades but after that you are competing with 25,000+ students who have excellent GPA's! Be sure to look out for well rounded scholarships that don't focus too much on the grades but also events and volunteering that you may be a part of. :)

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't party much but there is always life at the U of T St.George campus! :)

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Can be expensive so be sure to look around. :)

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: U of T has wonderful professors and great amenities.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Proximity = Difficult

Transportation = TTC

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: It's a very laissez-faire school, most of the rules on campus are very liberal; there's even a student run pub in the basement of the engineering building and I've done very stupid things on campus that can't be mentioned but never have been reprimanded. At the same time, it still maintains a serious mentality amongst the students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I haven't had any experience with applying with financial aid until this year; I am currently waiting for my faculty's response. However, merit based scholarships aren't common unless you have a high GPA and need them.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The male to female ratio in engineering is horrible; although there's a large variety of men and women at the school. Someone will definitely find someone that interests them.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very good, what you'd typically expect of a large city- the food is diverse and unique.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UofT's engineering programs are great although strenuous and somewhat on the theoretically heavy side. There are plenty of internship and job opportunities, the PEY program as great and the job placements are rather good. However, the facilities are somewhat dated, and one of the newer facilities is designed horribly.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are a bit different; there's the colleges and then some specialized faculties such as music, engineering, law, etc. The registration process is direct entry into your major; and the "general education" courses are toned down compared to most other schools in North America.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Toronto is one of the largest cities in North America; as such it has the typical amenities one would expect out of such a large city. What sticks out most is the diversity; how cultures blend so well- to me it feels like a better melting pot than New York City, as people aren't so separated by districts and such. The fashion trends are nice and there's a lot of food destinations in the city; the only glaring flaw I can think of is the outdated transit system which can be a hassle to deal with in the winter months.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe campus; there's a good police and security presence, as campus police is easy to get a hold of and during late hours, they patrol the more crowded areas such as the libraries and such. There's also various emergency phone stations as well as a walk-safe program for students needing to walk across campus at any hour if they feel uncomfortable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Kinda expensive; the housing market in Toronto still hasn't really crashed, so there's still a large influx of people into the downtown area. If you don't want an absolutely shoddy place, you'll probably have to spend 600-1000+ dollars on rent per month. Places come and go very fast, and sometimes you may have a long commute. My commute is sometimes 2 hours long- but overall it's not too hard. Much better than some of the dorms that I've seen.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food pales in comparison to off campus eating; some places are generally "OK" with the pricing and the fact that most students are in a rush, however given how diverse the surrounding areas are around the University, one could do better. Some dining halls are absolutely terrible. I know the engineering one (Chestnut) has declining food service throughout the year; I recall one day being "french fry dinner night", which was kinda pathetic considering the price of the meal plan. The diversity of the food is nice though; there is a restaurant in Hart House that serves various kinds of foods,lots of franchises in various buildings on campus, and even a faculty club/restaurant.

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