• admissions,  applying for U of T,  you don't even go here

    how hard is it to get into uoft?


    let’s just pretend like i’m not a high school student (i have no idea if you take questions from us lol) BUT uoft is one of my dream schools and i would DIE if i got in! soooo, as a senior who has the everpresent threat of college applications looming over her head… how hard is it *actually* to get into uoft?? i know it is dependent on a whoooole bunch of factors, but i was hoping to get an opinion from actual students rather than some random website!! i’d be so grateful if you could help a girl out! <3

    Thanks and Regards

    Ananya Das Sharma (anna!!)

    hey there,

    “how hard is it actually to get into uoft”, you ask? let’s start this with two truths and a lie. have you ever played? it’s fun, i promise. i’ll give you three statements, and you decide for yourself which one is a lie.

    1. getting into uoft was easy for me, because 2. i’m extremely talented. but luckily, 3. i know everything about uoft, so i can tell you how hard it actually is.

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    ok, jokes and narcissism aside, let’s answer your question. i’ll keep in mind the fact that you want my actual opinion and not info from a random website.

    if you want to get into a specific program:

    uoft’s current acceptance rate is apparently 43%, but i would say it differs across programs and faculties. for example, admissions would look very different for a person applying to the faculty of music than it would for a person applying to the faculty of architecture and so on. overall though, getting into general arts and sciences isn’t hard.

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    something to note is that uoft has this thing called “POSt”, which is a program of study that you apply to after your first year. so right now, in grade 12, you’re not really applying to a program  — you’re just applying to the admission category of it. later on, most programs of study require an application to really get into, so i would suggest you look into that while you consider uoft in general. (this system is really great, it lets you be flexible and makes program switches happen more smoothly than other uni’s systems do!)

    if you’re a domestic student (from canada):

    it also differs among domestic and international students. apparently 25% of the student population is international? personally, i was a domestic applicant, so i can’t tell you much about the international experience, but i found getting in to be doable. about 15 people from my high school were accepted that i know of, but i also knew a few that weren’t accepted. from my experience, uoft only looks at your grades and academic average. if you’re a good student and have good grades, you should be fine. i’d certainly say that getting into uoft is loads easier than getting into american schools of the same ranking. but if you’re from the US, you can look here for information on US applications.

    what uoft says they look at:

    there are three areas that uoft say they consider when looking at your application. the first is the ‘general requirements‘ area, which consist of english proficiency and stuff. the second are your ‘program-specific requirements’ — for example, you need calculus 12 for math programs. then third is the area that students worry about the most: your grades for the last two years. specifically, they would look at the grade 11 and 12 courses that are relevant to the admission category you’re applying to, and tend to ignore elective classes. they mostly look at your top 6 grade 12 courses, and if you’re in the high 80s, you should be good.

    overall, getting into uoft is very possible! it takes hard work to get the good grades, but people have done it, and you can too! just make sure to meet all the application deadlines. i’d honestly say it’s more stressful than it is hard, if that makes sense! meeting the deadlines and keeping track of everything is important. i really hope you get in, and that this was somewhat helpful! as always, feel free to ask again if anything’s unclear or you need help with something else.

    over and out,

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  • academic standing,  admissions,  international students


    Hey, what are the chances of my offer being rescinded? I got my IAL results and i got 3Bs overall. I had gotten admission into St George Life Sciences with 3 As in my AS. I honestly wasnt expecting the grades to be so bad but the grade boundaries fucked me over. Im worried because some of my units are quite bad, so what are the chances of my offer being rescinded? I reallly dont know what i will tell my parents who already dropped so much money on international flights and the dorms.

    hey there,

    as a fellow student, i know it can hit like a brick when you don’t do as well as you’ve anticipated. it’s honestly so scary and stressful, i don’t blame you for feeling this way. especially as you’re going into first year, i know this is a hectic time of transition when it feels like everything in your life is changing and like everything you do has so much weight to it.

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    while i can’t tell you much about the chances of your offer being rescinded, here is what i can tell you:

    you don’t have to do this alone. there are avenues of support available to help you and there may be pathways to explain extenuating circumstances that have impacted your academic performance. your best bet is to connect with your college registrar and talk to somebody about your situation. there are special considerations that can be made, and your registrar will genuinely do their best to help you out. a huge plus with them is that your conversation will be in real time, and you won’t have to deal with me and my little asynchronous answers (online school has ruined the word asynchronous for me).

    overall, there is a lot of support available to help you navigate this stressful time. on top of your college registrar’s academic support, if you need mental wellbeing support, you can check out the services my ssp (student support program) and good2talk.

    anyways, so sorry for the delay in this answer (it’s part of my personality at this point, unfortunately). thanks for your patience, i am sending you love and luck and hoping everything works out!!

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    over and out,


  • new kids,  programs

    when oh when does first year end?

    hi, i was wondering: it says you have to apply to POSt after your first year. say i’m going into first year in september 2023. does that mean my first year is over after winter 2024 or after summer 2024?

    hey there,

    *in good witch glinda voice* when oh when does first year end? well, oh well, that just depends…

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    assuming you’re enrolled full-time and complete 4.0 FCEs (credits) this year, your first year will be over after the winter 2024 semester. so, in april. (your first year basically just ends when you complete 4 credits.)

    when they say to apply to your POSt after first year, they’re referring to the two POSt application periods. if you’re applying for an open program, you can enrol anytime between march and september. for example, this year, open program enrolment is happening between march 1, 2023 and september 20, 2023.

    if you’re applying for a limited program, there is a “first request period” between march and july, and a “second request period” between july and september. specifically, this year, limited program enrolment dates look like this:

    • first request period:
      • apply from march 1, 2023 – april 28, 2023
      • check results between april 29, 2023 – june 9, 2023
      • enrol by july 7, 2023
    • second request period:
      • apply from july 8, 2023 – august 22, 2023
      • check results between august 23, 2023 – september 6, 2023
      • enrol by september 20, 2023

    generally, you would apply during the first period if you expect to complete prerequisite courses during the fall/winter session, and you would apply during the second period if you expect to complete prerequisite courses during the summer session. if you wanted to look into it, sidney smith commons has a great description of program enrolment need-to-knows!

    best of luck this year. *hands you an ice cream sandwich*

    over and out,

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  • admissions,  internal transfer,  Transferring

    this or that: transfer or transfer

    Hi, my goal is to study architecture at UofT and unfortunately I didn’t get accepted. The only program open at UofT when I got my rejection was the visual and performance arts program at UofT Scarborough. My question is do you think it’s smart to go into that program in my first year and then do an internal transfer ? Or should I go to TMU for an undeclared program and so an external transfer? How can I make sure I will get accepted if I transfer?

    Have you ever heard about a similar situation? What was the outcome?

    hey there,

    this sounds like a tough decision. well… good thing i’m here, right?

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    1. internal vs. external transfer

    i haven’t heard of situations too similar to yours, but i have heard of many people doing internal transfers between campuses at uoft. and, take this with a grain of salt, but i’m assuming it would be easier to transfer internally since you will already have been accepted to uoft. especially since they have your transcript already and all your records. and in terms of anecdotal advice, people have said that transferring in from another university is very difficult and strict (harder than admission straight out of high school).

    2. how can i make sure i will get accepted if i transfer?

    while there’s no way to make sure you get accepted in a transfer, you can make your application stronger and more competitive. for an internal transfer: you can read about admissions from UTSC to the st. george campus hereadmission decisions are based on your CGPA, and will depend on whether or not program prerequisites, grade requirements and any other admission requirements have been met. people have said that this application process is not difficult, as long as your grades are fine. though uoft doesn’t give out an exact number, i think if your GPA is above a 3.0, you should be good. in the worst case, people who didn’t get in wrote a letter to appeal the decision, and it worked.

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    for an external transfer: admission consideration is based on your overall academic record and your most recent annual average. competitive students normally have a solid ‘B’ average in their university studies (though this really depends on the program).

    in the end though, for something like this, advice from a fellow student probably won’t cut it. i can’t make a call on what is smart to do just based on your question, as i don’t know the full picture or what would work for you. if you wanted to push for program-specific answers, get in touch with the admissions office in the faculty of architecture. their email is: undergraduate (at) daniels (.) utoronto (.) ca . someone on the inside there might actually be really helpful, don’t hesitate to just ask!

    and overall, talk to the people in your life about what makes most sense for you. i’m sure it will all work out, keep your head up! wishing you all the best. (also, thanks for the patience with this answer).

    over and out,


  • admissions,  scholarships/bursaries

    don’t worry, that (scholar)ship hasn’t sailed yet

    If i have currently gotten no scholarship offers, does this mean i get no scholarships for my first year?

    do we only get scholarship offers at the time of our admission?

    hey there,

    in general, admission scholarships would have already been offered in your admission letter, especially the larger ones. if you actively applied for scholarships, some may have been offered after admissions, but are most likely done by now.

    however, you still have options going forward! there are three types of scholarships – scholarships for admissions, scholarships for “in-course”, and scholarships for graduation. even if you didn’t receive an admission scholarship, you can apply for in-course scholarships throughout your degree.

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    you can check out award explorer to search for scholarships. but be sure to filter according to what you’re eligible to, since there are thousands of awards on there. i’d recommend putting in key words such as “first year” or the name of your intended major(s). and, if you’re ever confused about a scholarship, just send off an email to the department offering it – for example, to ask when applications open. they’re normally very responsive!

    over and out,


  • askastudent love/hate

    long-awaited aska appreciation post

    I just wanted to say thank you for answering all of my questions that I asked while panicking/having a crisis about my life direction. They really helped me feel like it wasn’t the end of the world, cheers. 🙂

    hey there,

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    that is so sweet of you! finally, somebody appreciates me for my helpfulness and not just my nose-breaking, mad-scientist-esque, should-be-showered-with-praises-and-secretly-a-celebrity wit and charm.

    being this perfect and flame retardant, you would think i should have a fanbase or at least fan accounts that make edits of me, right? but that area of my life is dry as a desert…. *smiles, raises eyebrows*

    aska has always got your back, my friend. i’m so glad my answers were helpful. with all these anonymous questions, sometimes i wonder who’s reading them and if i made any sense, so thank you so much for getting back to me, it means a lot. you will always be welcome here in aska-land. *gestures grandly* *pirouettes out the door*

    over and out,


  • courses,  enrolment,  first year

    don’t walk, run to enrol in FYF courses


    I’m a St. Mikes student looking to enrol in PSY195. I see this message in the enrolment cart: “This section is restricted to two groups of students. Group 1 is given priority access until July 26. There is no course enrolment on July 27. Beginning July 28, Group 2 can enrol in this section. Currently the following groups of students can enrol in this section:

    • All students in year of study 1 in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the Innis College”

    Does this mean that I will not be in the first group, available to enroll on the 20th?

    Thank you,


    hi there,

    i am so glad you’re deciding to take a first year foundation seminar, they’re SO great and i wish i could still take them. (btw if you wanted to, you could check out this instagram page all about FYF courses. just puttin it out there, idk i think it’s cool *waves hands dismissively*)

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    yes, you are correct. my divine intuition (the timetable) tells me that enrolling in PSY195H1 S will only be available to first year innis students on july 20th. as a first year st. mikes student, you’ll have to wait until the 28th, when the general enrolment period starts. (more specifically, for first year students, that’ll be at 12 pm EDT).

    PSY195 has a really small class size of 25, which is amazing for making friends, but also means it’ll be harder to get into. chances are, it’ll fill up pretty fast like all first year foundations courses, especially if you have to wait until general enrolment. i’d recommend keeping an eye on the availability up until then so you’re aware of the situation when you enrol. however, i doubt it’ll fill up immediately.

    i just thought i’d let you know about another option, too! if you wanted to, you could consider enrolling in the fall semester’s PSY195 instead of the winter semester’s, since this one is available to you on the 20th. the course is being offered in both semesters, and the enrolment restrictions are slightly different:

    PSY195H1 F (fall semester) is open to all first year artsci students on the 20th. PSY195H1 S (winter semester) is only open to first year artsci innis students on the 20th.

    anyways, best of luck in your first year. live laugh love, be Boundless, be yourself, all that jazz.

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    over and out,


  • UTSC,  wait list

    wait(list), is this play about me?

    Hi I got waitlisted for a D-level Bio course that I really need to graduate. I’m number 14, and the class has a size of 40 should I wait until September to get in or should I just pick another course? Also, ACORN won’t let me waitlist an extra course because I have added 2.5 credits for each. So I would have to get off the waitlisted course (that I really want) to get into another. What do I do? Thanks!

    hey there,

    wait, is this, cour — is this about — *sniffles* course enrolment? *nose dives into nearby pillow. lets out a gutteral, earth-shattering scream* *after a few moments of silence, looks up, unbothered* i am not currently absolutely losing my mind over course enrolment waitlists.

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    anyways, the general guideline is that about 10% of people will drop the course. in a class of 40, you would want to be 4th in line. so being number 14 means its pretty unlikely that you’ll get in. not impossible, but the waitlist does end on september 13th. it also depends on how high the course’s drop rate is, as this differs.

    what you should do depends entirely on how desperately you need this course. i don’t know what year you’re in or how close you are to graduation, so i’m running on assumptions here.

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    here is some advice if you’re in 4th year and really need this course because it might push back your grad. i’m assuming you’re not, because of the absence of desperation and urgency in your question, but eh, just in case. first, don’t drop the course. go to your registrar for help. i know that st. george students are able to get into mandatory courses they need to graduate, so maybe there’s something similar at utm?

    if you are not in 4th year and still have time left to take the course another year, you could still wait to drop it — while you might not be able to enrol in another course right now, by august 3 you’ll be able to add 3.0 credits on acorn.

    this also depends on if the other course you want is filling up fast. if it’s not filling up fast, i would say wait until august 3, and don’t drop the bio course. but if it is filling up, then decide based on how badly you actually need this bio course. i can’t tell you exactly what to do because i don’t have the full picture here, but i hope this was helpful and you can make a good decision based off this info. sending good luck and good vibes!

    over and out,


  • breadth requirements,  St. George

    if the multiverse exists, so does a sixth breadth requirement

    I need some options ( very very easy level) for breadth 6/quantitative reasoning. It will be my last missing credit to graduate this fall. Im in dt toronto. I am taking ast101 now for my breadth 5 requirement. I still have to take 0.50 credit in quantitative reasoning… but i need very easy level one because: 1- i am 52 and forgot all high school material ( science/math etc) and 2- i completed a french specialist program ( meaning i am into litterature etc..) Hope. Can help me out. I am willing to finally graduate in fall.

    hey there,

    man, you’ve got me over here quadruple checking my information. but i can tell you that a sixth breadth requirement doesn’t exist, at least not in this universe.

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    anyways, the quantitative reasoning breadth requirement is only required at UTSC, the scarborough campus.

    since you’re at st. george, there are just 5 breadth requirements to complete. you need either 1.0 credits in four of the categories, OR 1.0 credits in three of the categories and 0.5 credits in the two remaining categories.

    1. Creative and Cultural Representations
    2. Thought, Belief, and Behaviour
    3. Society and its Institutions
    4. Living Things and Their Environment
    5. The Physical and Mathematical Universe

    you can use degree explorer to check your status on this, as well as the rest of the degree completion requirements.

    i hope it all goes well for you and that this is helpful! if not, feel free to shoot me another question.

    over and out,


  • math,  physics

    today’s dilemma: difficult math, or…… difficult math?

    Hi, I’m going into my first year in september, I want to get into the Physics specialist program. I’ve been debating over whether to take MAT157 or MAT137, since the former looks more interesting but I’m not sure I’ll have the time to study and get a decent grade with the rest of my workload(which is MAT223, CSC108, CSC148, PHY151/152, and three easier elective courses I’m taking for breadth). Thanks!

    hey there,

    okayy physics specialist program, i see we have a math-intelligent one here! (my eyes unfocus in response to too many numbers)

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    yes, you’re right, it does look like you have to choose between MAT157 and MAT137 for your physics first year completion requirements. i do agree that according to the descriptions, MAT157 does look more interesting. the artsci calendar recommends MAT137, and this is probably because MAT157 is supposed to be the hardest of the first year math courses. though 137 and 157 are both difficult, 157 requires a lot more effort in both its homework and tests. meanwhile, you’ll likely do better in a course you’re more interested in, so i guess the decision would be based on how much you want to take it. just be aware of the level of difficulty you might be getting yourself into in 157 — as a student blog says.

    some MAT157 TAs on reddit have given their answers (8 years ago) on the differences between the two courses. i assume this would still be relevant as the courses shouldn’t have changed much since then. they say MAT157 is more valuable for you if you’re headed in the mathematics direction, which it seems you are. MAT137 is a relatively high-level calculus course, while 157 is an introductory analysis course. both cover some of the same content, but 157 asks you to replicate and do your own proofs.

    there’s also this weird-looking u of t page that describes the differences between MAT157 and MAT137. (but i’m not sure how recent the information is). it says that 157 goes more in depth and consists of more concepts/theorems than 137. the main difference is of skill rather than of content knowledge. and again — in MAT137 you are introduced to proofs, and asked to do simple proofs; while in MAT157 you are responsible for understanding and creating more complex and abstract proofs.

    so both sites basically say the same thing, which probably means they’re both true.

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    i hope that helps you decide which one is more worth taking for you. i think it really just depends on your level of interest, skill-level, and capability to tackle the difficulty of 157. it’s great that you’re taking a few easier elective courses, that will definitely help! plus, taking 4 courses per semester instead of 5 makes difficult courses much more doable and will help you succeed better! while planning your workload, just keep in mind that you’ll have to take MAT137/157 at the same time as your PHY151/152 as they are co-requisites.

    over and out,


  • GPA,  graduation,  probation

    the e in student stands for expensive and exhausting, change my mind.

    Hello, I’ve been at UTM since 2013, been suspended twice, currently still on probation but hoping to be done with my credits by august 2024.

    Because of all my F’s on my transcript, it’s really hard to get my gpa up to a 1.5 in order to graduate on time. I have 5 credits left and that would mean getting almost an 80 in most of them by next summer so I can finally be done.
    I don’t want to spend any more time at UTM than is absolutely necessary – I’ve got bills to pay and a life to start so I will work my hardest to get the grades. BUT just in case it doesn’t work out like I am hoping so – has anyone ever heard of someone graduating if they had a gpa lower than 1.50? Through a petition or anything ?
    Thank you for any help anyone can give me

    hi there,

    geez, i’m sorry, that sounds really tough. i wish i could reach across the screen and shower you with good luck, kind professors in your future, and chocolate ice cream.

    after consulting a wise little bird, i can say that graduating with a GPA lower than 1.5  is not possible, and nobody has ever been able to do it. so i hope you’re successful in your plans! i can totally understand wanting to get this done as soon as possible, being a student is expensive and exhausting.

    just a little side note that i thought would be worth mentioning: anyone who graduates with a GPA between 1.5 and 1.84 would graduate without honours, so, for example, it wouldn’t be a “Honours Bachelor of Science” but a “Bachelor of Science”, and same with Arts.

    anyways, dear internet stranger, you can do this!! i believe in you! reference image below of how i look right now cheering you on:

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    over and out,


  • choosing,  programs

    hear me out what if we made no decisions ever

    Hello so I am a first-year student, but I started in September 2020. So for the past two years, I was not doing well at U of T and I took a break for a year. So I am coming back in September, and I do not know still what to major in. To be honest, I started at U of T almost 3 years ago. I spent my entire life until last year just focusing on my studies and wanted to take a break. I want to continue my studies and finish what I started. I booked an appointment with an advisor. Any advice?

    hi there,

    good job, you’ve already done the best thing you can do right now — booking an appointment with an advisor! it’s also great that you took a break. breaks are important.

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    here is a bit of anecdotal advice from me (an all-knowing deity, ofc). first off, don’t worry, you are not alone. in my first year, every single person around me was very confused and unsure about their major, and it was pure chaos, people changing their minds back and forth between programs the whole year. 

    if you’re not sure what you want to do with your major yet, you can think about jobs you can picture yourself doing, areas of interest you have, and particular courses or subjects of study you enjoyed from your first year. or, you could think about what kind of job you want, and look up what majors those job postings are looking for on websites like indeed. it would also be smart to take advantage of the fact that you’re surrounded by successful and experienced professionals at u of t: if you end up in any classes that intrigue you, it’s worth trying to get to know your instructor to learn more about the field. finally, the people closest to you, who know you well, can give really valuable advice from an outside perspective.

    once you come back to school, it’s worth looking into peer mentorship programs. plenty of people have been stuck on what they want to do, and fellow students who’ve figured it out may be able to help you navigate the confusion. there are several listed here (along with one that is academically focused). but the truth is that lots of people don’t know, and people switch their programs in third year, fourth year, and beyond. again, (i know this does not help but) it’s normal not to know! 

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    choosing a major can feel really overwhelming and unsteady. it made me wish i never had to make any decisions. there are so many exercises meant to help with the decision, and so many points of advice coming from everyone around you, but at the end of the day no quiz or person can tell you what to major in, and you’re going to have to listen to your gut.

    with all that said, in these big decisions, don’t freeze up out of fear of making the wrong decision. there’s this quote from sylvia plath’s “the bell jar” that i think about all the time, about how choosing one thing can feel like giving up on everything else. but then if you freeze up and choose nothing because you want everything, the options might pass you by. meanwhile, i am a strong supporter of having a wide range of dreams and not having a set box of what you want to be in the future. i think there’s a bit of excitement, beautiful possibility, and relief in not knowing what you want to do! you will do fine and be amazing, i believe in you.

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    i hope everything goes well, best of luck!

    over and out,


  • u of tears

    u of tears

    Why is it that even though most people find uoft hard , they continue to go there like aren’t there any other options maybe an international student has to go there but other domestic students go there? even though it deflates your grades or leads to mental health issues like depression or anxiety , it is literally called U of Tears. Why would you willing subject yourself to this if you had a choice as opposed to someone who came from another country but did not know the school’s reputation’s

    hey there,

    so sorry for the late reply, this kinda got lost in my inbox 🙁

    to answer your question, it’s probably because U of T students are pain-loving masochists love a good cHallEnge. we’re obviousLy here for the stress and suffering academic rigour and world class Profs, and are definitely not being forcibly iMprisonEd here against our will!

    ok… some of the above is true. the real truth is, U of T is probably not the best fit for everybody. maybe you come here in first year with big dreams of a big city and Boundless opportunities. maybe you just wanna go to school in toronto without having to say you go to tmu. maybe you want to avoid america. maybe it’s the most feasible uni for you financially or logistically. maybe you’re here for the prestige and all that. maybe you think you’ll be special and none of these U of Tears things will actually affect you — maybe you’re right.

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    i think its funny how you’re suggesting that international students get blindsided by the U of Tears reputation, and that nobody in their right mind would come here otherwise. but despite its reputation, i do believe there are several things that explain the appeal of U of T — if some 97, 000 students decided to go here, we can’t all be crazy (right?).

    my favourite thing about U of T is its location: toronto is one of the most exciting cities in Canada! being in toronto means being surrounded with lots of extracurricular and professional opportunities, which can have a really good impact on your career, and is also just nice for overall life quality. there’s always something going on everywhere, and so many learning opportunities for every field you could be interested in. the faculty at U of T is also top tier. you can learn from some of the top instructors and researchers in the country, many of which are doing very cool work! along with this, there are lots of programs and courses that aren’t offered at other universities, which was definitely a factor in my decision to go here. this school has SO many cool courses that are unique, niche, and specific, and can make school kinda interesting and *gags* enjoyable.

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    also, U of T is highly ranked, if that matters to you.

    U of T is called “U of Tears”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the only way to experience the university. grade deflation, which is a big con, also isn’t universal – i’ve heard things about it happening in some departments, but don’t believe it’s equally as bad everywhere. that’s not to say studying at U of T isn’t hard. it is. to be honest, a lot of your time spent as a student might feel a bit like this:

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    but, there are ways to make it manageable: finding a good supportive community on campus, choosing a program that you really care about, getting to know your classmates and instructors, knowing what support resources are available for you and accessing them when you need them. in general, it’s really important to have strong support networks! the main thing i’ve heard from people is that U of T can be isolating under certain circumstances, because of how big the university is. having friends and family that you can lean on throughout your degree makes a big difference for how you experience the highs and lows.

    over and out,