Undergraduate Admission

In this Section:

Contact Information

Detailed admission requirements are found on the University’s website for future students, or through the Faculty of Arts & Science Student Recruitment Office:

Arts & Science Student Recruitment Office

100 St. George St., Room 1046
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 3G3
416-978-3384
www.artsci.utoronto.ca/futurestudents

Enrolment Services

University of Toronto,
172 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5R 0A3
416-978-2190
www.future.utoronto.ca

 

Admission Requirements

English Facility Requirement

Applicants whose first language (language learned at home as a child) is not English may have to present proof of English facility. For details, see the Enrolment Services web site.

Admission from High School 

Applicants to the Faculty apply into a general admission category rather than a specific Program of Study, as all Arts & Science students take a general first year. The specific course requirements and average or standing required for each admission category vary from year to year. Detailed information about admission requirements is available on the Enrolment Services website (www.future.utoronto.ca).

Post-Secondary Transfer Admission

Candidates with acceptable standing at other universities, or at other divisions of this University, may be considered for admission with transfer credit provided that the content of the studies for which credit is sought is considered appropriate for inclusion in a degree program offered by the Faculty. Transfer credits are assessed to admitted students who have completed the online Transfer Credit application (www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/tc/onadmission). A $30.00 CAD fee will be required for transfer credit assessment to be completed.

Students who have completed more than two years of study at a recognized university cannot transfer into the same field of study and will be considered as equivalent to those who already hold a degree. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree: see section entitled “Admission of External Students to a Second Degree Program” in the next section. The Faculty grants up to a maximum of five credits to candidates who have completed a three-year diploma at Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning, and up to a maximum of three generic credits to candidates who have completed a two-year diploma at Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning. Otherwise a maximum of ten transfer credits may be granted for previous study. Students who have completed post-secondary studies are required to apply for on-admission transfer credit.

Regardless of the number of transfer credits granted, at least five of the six 300+series full course equivalents (FCE) required for an Honours degree must be completed with a passing mark in this Faculty. Newly admitted students have one year from the date of their transfer credit assessment, or from the date of their first registration in the Faculty, whichever is later, to request a reassessment or adjustment. The same time limit applies to all departmental interviews required as part of the transfer credit assessment.

Candidates who have completed Arts & Science courses while enrolled in other Divisions of this University or while enrolled as non-degree students in this Faculty prior to degree studies will normally have these courses and grades included in the Arts & Science academic record. Faculty of Arts & Science rules and regulations apply. 

Admission from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Candidates admitted for transfer from the University of Toronto Mississauga and the University of Toronto Scarborough will have all University of Toronto Mississauga or University of Toronto Scarborough courses, grades, Credit/No Credit requests, and LWD requests included in their Arts & Science academic record, and will be subject to Faculty rules and regulations. Note: a limit of six 100-level/A-level FCE is applied. All 300+ level credits may apply to the 6.0 FCE requirement for a degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students admitted to Arts & Science may not retain University of Toronto Mississauga or University of Toronto Scarborough programs, whether complete or incomplete. Only Arts & Science programs may be used to complete degree requirements in the Faculty.

Students who have completed more than 10 UTM/UTSC FCE towards an Arts & Science degree are normally not eligible to transfer to the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Admission from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Candidates admitted for transfer from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design will have all courses, grades, Credit/No Credit requests, and LWD requests included in their Arts & Science academic record, and will be subject to Faculty rules and regulations. Note: a limit of six 100-level FCE is applied. All 300+ level credits may apply to the 6.0 FCE requirement for the degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students admitted to Arts & Science may not retain Daniels Faculty programs, whether complete or incomplete. Only Arts & Science programs may be used to complete degree requirements in the Faculty.

Admission of External Students to a Second Degree Program

Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent from another university who wish to complete a second undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science may apply for admission to a second degree program. It is not possible to complete a second undergraduate degree in the same field of study as the first degree. Those who are admitted will be granted a maximum of one year of transfer credit (5 FCE) - four at the 100 level and one at the 200 level. Before applying, external candidates are urged to determine whether a second degree is actually required for their purposes; for example, additional courses completed as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for a graduate program. Students who have completed post-secondary studies are required to apply for on-admission transfer credit. For admission and application information, visit the Enrolment Services web site at www.future.utoronto.ca.

Admission as a Non-Degree Student

Non-degree students are registered in the Faculty but are not proceeding towards a degree offered by the Faculty. Most non-degree students have completed a degree and are taking further courses for their own purposes, including admission to graduate studies. Students admitted as degree students cannot become non-degree students unless they have completed an Honours or Four Year degree. Note that not all privileges extended to degree students are extended to non-degree students (e.g., CR/NCR). To apply for admission as a non-degree student, visit the Enrolment Services web site.

Students admitted as degree students who transferred to other universities should re-register at their College of last registration if they wish to return to the Faculty. The home university may still require a valid Letter of Permission in order to assess studies done at the University of Toronto for transfer credit.

Admission as a Non-Degree Visiting Student

Students with valid Letters of Permission from other accredited North American universities who have not been officially admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science may register as visiting students at Woodsworth College, taking courses for transfer credit at their home university. Non-degree visiting student registration does not imply acceptance as either a student proceeding towards a degree or a non-degree student. Students will receive grade point averages and academic standing as outlined in the Rules and Regulations section. Students must observe Faculty policies, including the prohibition on repeating a passed course. For application information and deadlines, please visit http://wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/programs/visiting_students/overview

Admission as an International Non-Degree Visiting Summer Student

Students with valid Letters of Permission from recognized international universities who have not been officially admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science may register as visiting students through the International Summer Program (ISP) at Woodsworth College. Students take summer courses for transfer credit at their home university. Non-degree international visiting student registration does not imply acceptance as either a student proceeding towards a degree or a non-degree student. Students will receive grade point averages and academic standing. Students must observe Faculty policies, including the prohibition on repeating a passed course. For application information and deadlines, check the International Summer Program web site at wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/programs/isp/isp_overview

Admission as a Non-Matriculant Student

Candidates who do not meet the published admission requirements may qualify for various humanities and social science programs through either the Academic Bridging Program or the Transitional Year Program.

The Academic Bridging Program is predominantly a part-time program (with a full-time option for students who qualify) intended for Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons (convention refugees) who do not hold the published admission requirements to qualify for degree studies.  Detailed information is available on the Academic Bridging Program website at wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/programs/academic_bridging/overview

Students restricted to a reduced course load on admission from the Academic Bridging Program may take no more than 2.5 FCE over the Fall/Winter Session. They may take a maximum of 1.0 FCE in the Summer Session. See Number of Courses Taken (“Course Load”) in the Guide to Program & Course Descriptions section of the Calendar. If these students wish to transfer to full-time studies, they may apply through their College Registrar after the session in which they pass the fourth FCE in the Faculty with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50. Candidates who have achieved the minimum required grade of 63% in the Bridging course for admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science may count the Bridging course towards their degree.

The Transitional Year Program (TYP) is designed for those who could not finish high school because of financial constraints, family difficulties or other circumstances beyond their control. It is a one-year, full-time program leading toward admission into an Arts & Science degree program. Detailed information is available through sites.utoronto.ca/typ

Admission of Senior Citizens

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are at least sixty-five years of age by the first day of the term may register in the Faculty of Arts & Science through Woodsworth College as part time non-degree students. They do not have to meet the academic requirements for admission. Applicants can find more information at wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/programs/seniors

Re-Registration in the Faculty

Students who were previously registered as degree or non-degree students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who have completed at least one course in the Faculty and who wish to return after an absence must submit a “Request for Re-registration Form” (charge $25) through their College Registrar’s Office. Re-registration is necessary for students who have not registered in this Faculty within the previous 12 months.

Students who were previously registered in the Faculty but who did not achieve final standing (i.e. a final grade, P/F, or CR/NCR) in at least 0.5 FCE must re-apply for admission through the Ontario Universities Application Centre.

Students with outstanding fees may not re-register in the Faculty until these fees are paid in full. See the Office of Student Accounts website at www.fees.utoronto.ca for payment information; for payment deadlines, consult the Registration Instructions.

“Request for Re-Registration” forms should be submitted at least one week prior to course enrolment (see the Registration Instructions on the Arts & Science website for details). Prior to course selection you will need to make sure you are enrolled in an appropriate combination of programs for your degree. It is advisable for you to make arrangements to see an advisor at your college to go over any changes in policies and procedures as well as to clarify the degree and program requirements you are following.

Students who previously studied as non-degree visiting students do not request re-registration. They must submit a new visiting student application and valid letter of permission through Woodsworth College (see the section on “Admission as a Non-Degree Visiting Student” above for details).

Admission to University of Toronto Second-Entry Professional Programs

Many professional programs require completion of one or more years of study in the Faculty of Arts & Science prior to application. For detailed admission and contact information on professional studies, please refer to www.artsci.utoronto.ca/futurestudents/academics/professional.