|Faculty of Arts & Science
Detailed admission requirements are contained in the University of Toronto Undergraduate Admissions Bulletin, which is available on the Enrolment Services web site, on the University’s web site for future students, or through the Faculty of Arts & Science Student Recruitment Office.
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Arts & Science Student Recruitment Office
100 St. George St., Room 1046
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Faculty of Arts & Science is home to a rich and varied student body. Although most of our students are from Southern Ontario, we have students from every province of Canada and from over 90 foreign countries. We encourage application by qualified students from outside Ontario and outside Canada. Detailed information about admission requirements is available on the Enrolment Services web site (www.adm.utoronto.ca). The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year.
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 with Transfer Credit
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 after admission once the student has completed the online application and paid the assessment fee. 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 a maximum of two generic credits (under review) 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 courses 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. Business rules apply.
Admission from the University of Toronto Mississauga and the University of Toronto Scarborough
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, LWD requests, and grades included in their Arts & Science academic record, and will have Faculty rules and regulations applied to these; e.g., academic status, degree regulations, Dean’s List. Note: a limit of six 100-level/A-level credits is applied. All 300+ level credits may apply to the 6.0 requirement for the degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students admitted to Arts & Science may not retain University of Toronto Mississauga or University of Toronto Scarborough subject POSts, whether complete or incomplete. Only Arts & Science subject POSts may be used to complete degree requirements in the Faculty.
Students who have completed more than 10 UTM/UTSC full course equivalents towards an Arts & Science degree are not eligible to transfer to the Faculty of Arts & Science.
Admission “On Probation”
Candidates who fail to satisfy the Faculty’s admission requirements, but successfully appeal for special consideration of the circumstances which have affected their studies at other universities, or other Faculties or Schools of this University including the University of Toronto Scarborough and the University of Toronto Mississauga, may be admitted On Probation. The academic requirements that such students must meet are the same as those required of students who encounter academic difficulties while registered in the Faculty. The academic status will be “On Probation” until the session in which the student achieves a final mark in any course (or a grade of FL% in a Pass/Fail course), at which time a further status will be assigned. Refer to Section Six, Rules and Regulations: Academic Status, in this Calendar. Students admitted On Probation may be at risk of academic suspension from the Faculty and are strongly urged to consult their college registrar for appropriate counselling before registering and if necessary, during the course of their studies.
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 and 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 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 as the first degree. Those who are admitted will be granted a maximum of one year of transfer credit (5 full credit courses) - 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, a “make-up” year 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.adm.utoronto.ca.
Admission as Non-Degree Visiting Students
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 own 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 status as outlined in the Rules and Regulations section, and will have the consequences of these applied to them (e.g., probation and suspension for poor academic performance). Students must observe Faculty policies, including the prohibition on repeating a “passed” course. For application information and deadlines, check the Visiting Students web site at www.wdw.utoronto.ca/visit or contact Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 1A9 (416-978-5880).
Students who have transferred to other universities, but wish to return to the Faculty on a Letter of Permission should re-register at their College of last registration. 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 International Non-Degree Visiting Summer Students
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 would take summer courses for transfer credit at their own 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 status. 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 www.isprogram.utoronto.ca or contact Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 1A9, (416-978-5880).
Admission as 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. Candidates who have already attempted degree studies are not eligible for these programs.
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, including applications and deadlines for the Academic Bridging Program is available through the Academic Bridging Program, Woodsworth College, website at www.wdw.utoronto.ca/bridging.
Students restricted to a reduced course load on admission from the Academic Bridging Program may take no more than 2.5 courses over the Fall-Winter Sessions. They may take a maximum of 1.0 course in the Summer Session. See also Number of Courses Taken (“Course Load”). 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 course 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 Programme (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 www.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 at Woodsworth College as part time non-degree students. They do not have to meet the academic requirements for admission. Applicants should contact Woodsworth College at 416-978-4444 for admission and tuition fee information.
Re-Registration in the Faculty
Students who were previously registered as degree or non-degree students in this Faculty, 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 (e.g. a final grade or CR/NCR) in at least one course must re-apply for admission through the Ontario Universities Application Centre.
Students with outstanding accounts may not re-register at the University until these accounts are paid. See the Office of Student Accounts website at www.fees.utoronto.ca for payment information; for payment deadlines, check the Registration Instructions.
“Request for Re-Registration” forms should be submitted at least one week prior to the fall/winter enrolment window for your year of study (see the Registration Instructions for details). Prior to course selection you will need to make sure you are enrolled in an appropriate combination of Subject POSts (programs of study) for your degree. It is advisable for you to make arrangements to see a counsellor at your college to go over changes in policies and procedures as well as to clarify the degree requirements you are following.
“Request for Re-Registration” forms can be accepted until mid-August for Fall/Winter enrolment although space in courses will be limited at this point.
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 Non-Degree Visiting Students” above for details).
Admission to Other University of Toronto Faculties/Programs
Many professional studies require completion of one or more years of study in Arts & Science before you apply to them. For detailed admission and contact information on professional studies, please refer to www.artsci.utoronto.ca/futurestudents/academics/professional.