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The University of Toronto (UToronto or U of T) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed its present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises eleven colleges each with substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs and significant differences in character and history. The university maintains three campuses, the oldest of which, St. George, is located in downtown Toronto. The other two satellite campuses are located in Scarborough and Mississauga.

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University of Toronto
Latin: Universitas Torontonensis
Former name
King's College
MottoVelut arbor ævo (Latin)
Motto in English
As a tree through the ages[1]
TypePublic university
EstablishedMarch 15, 1827
(195 years ago)
Academic affiliation
AAU, ACU, Universities Canada, URA, U15
  • c.$3.15 billion CAD (excl. colleges)[2]
  • c.$3.4 billion CAD (incl. colleges)[2]
ChancellorRose M. Patten[3]
PresidentMeric Gertler[3]
ProvostCheryl Regehr
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students64,218[lower-alpha 1][5]
Undergraduates44,763[lower-alpha 1][5]
Postgraduates19,455[lower-alpha 1][5]
Location, ,

43°39′42″N 79°23′42″W
CampusSt. George; Urban, 71 hectares (180 acres)[lower-alpha 1][6]
NicknameVarsity Blues
Sporting affiliations
MascotTrue Blue (the Beaver)

The University of Toronto offers over 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs. In all major rankings, the university consistently ranks in the top ten public universities in the world and as the top university in the country.[7][8][9][10] It receives the most annual scientific research funding and endowment of any Canadian university and is one of two members of the Association of American Universities outside the United States, the other being McGill University in Montreal.[11]

Academically, the University of Toronto is noted for influential movements and curricula in literary criticism and communication theory, known collectively as the Toronto School. The university was the birthplace of insulin and stem cell research, the first artificial cardiac pacemaker,[12] and the site of the first successful lung transplant and nerve transplant. The university was also home to the first electron microscope, the development of deep learning,[13] neural network, multi-touch technology, the identification of the first black hole Cygnus X-1, and the development of the theory of NP-completeness.

The Varsity Blues are the athletic teams that represent the university in intercollegiate league matches, primarily within U Sports, with ties to gridiron football, rowing and ice hockey. The earliest recorded instance of gridiron football occurred at University of Toronto's University College in November 1861.[14] The university's Hart House is an early example of the North American student centre, simultaneously serving cultural, intellectual, and recreational interests within its large Gothic-revival complex.

University of Toronto alumni include three Governors General of Canada, five Prime Ministers of Canada, nine foreign leaders, and seventeen justices of the Supreme Court of Canada. As of March 2019, twelve Nobel laureates, six Turing Award winners, 94 Rhodes Scholars, and one Fields Medalist have been affiliated with the university.

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