VICTORIA COLLEGE VIEWBOOK
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Introduction A Learning Community within a Great City Academic Life at Vic First Year at Vic Vic One Academic Programs at Vic Extend Your Reach Support for International Students Campus Life Residence Life Scholarships and Financial Aid Academic Support and Services Beyond Graduation Learn More About Vic
Victoria College is committed to providing all its students with a personal and diverse university experience inside and outside the classroom. Students and faculty alike are committed to building a community that welcomes diversity, embraces creativity and is energized by challenge.
A Small Community within a Great City
Just south of Yorkville and east of the Annex, the Victoria College campus is located in the northeast corner of the University of Toronto (St. George) campus in downtown Toronto. We are just steps away from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Legislature. From world-class museums and galleries to an international array of cultural, culinary and artistic offerings, our students have the benefit of convenient access to the offerings of a diverse and bustling city, while being members of a vibrant learning community.
FIND YOUR PLACE AT VIC Established in 1836, Victoria University federated with the University of Toronto in 1890. Its arts and science college, Victoria Collegeâ€”Vicâ€”is one of the oldest colleges in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. In its over 175 years of existence, Vic has earned a distinguished reputation for excellence and creativity.
Academic Life at Vic Vic offers the best of both worldsâ€”the academic advantages of one of Canadaâ€™s leading universities and the intimacy of a prestigious small liberal arts college. With innovative courses, top-notch libraries, seminars and programs led by faculty members who inspire, challenge and know every student by name, at Vic, we nurture a close-knit learning community from the very beginning of your academic career. Faculty of Arts & Science and the College System As a member of Victoria College, you are also a student of the University of Torontoâ€™s Faculty of Arts & Science. With over 300 programs and 2,000 courses, the Faculty offers an unparalleled breadth and diversity of academic programs. This means the freedom and ability of choice for you to tailor an undergraduate education that is unique to your academic interests and career goals. As a Vic student you are automatically a member of the Faculty of Arts & Science and the University of Toronto and are entitled to use all the different services and offerings made available to you through your multiple memberships.
One way that we ensure a personal education in first year is to have every incoming Vic student enrol in a small course where you will get to know your classmates and engage directly with senior faculty. You will develop, from the very beginning, good habits of critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and persuasive expression.
â€œConsidering that my other lectures in first year were composed of anywhere from 50 to 500 students, it was nice to be able to see familiar faces every week in my small seminar and to interact directly with my professors from day one.â€? Allison Conners High School: Streetsville Secondary School Mississauga, Ontario Program of Study: International Relations
First Year at Vic At Vic, we work hard to make your education personal.
Every first-year student is required to enrol in a seminar course. These limited-enrolment courses, offered through the Vic One Hundreds, Arts & Science First-Year Seminars, and our highly successful Vic One program (p.13–15) are designed to give you the opportunity to get to know fellow students and faculty members, engage in interactive academic discussion and hone your written, oral and teamwork skills. Vic One Hundreds Seminars Vic One Hundreds is an initiative that gives first-year students the opportunity to participate in small classes of no more than 40 students. Taking a Vic One Hundreds seminar will provide you with the opportunity to interact with distinguished teaching faculty and a gateway to, and foundation for, subsequent studies. Faculty of Arts & Science First-Year (199) Seminars Each Faculty of Arts and Science college sponsors a number of First-Year Seminars for students across the Faculty. The seminars focus on discussion of issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular discipline or topic in a small-group setting.
“Small seminars are the perfect antidote to large lecture classes. For a newly admitted student to participate in a small class on a subject of personal interest to a professor is a remarkable opportunity. Teaching small seminar classes has been among my most rewarding times with students.” Ken Bartlett Professor of History and Renaissance Studies 3M Teaching Fellowship recipient 11
â€œVic One is an environment of discovery and contemplation that encourages creativity and focuses less on marks. The program offers a unique model for learning, one that has transformed my way of thought and has defined my first year at U of T.â€? Yannay Khaikin High School: Tanenbaum CHAT, Toronto, Ontario Programs of Study: Biology, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Vic One Our renowned first-year program aims to stimulate, encourage and refine intellectual curiosity.
In Vic One, we place talented and engaged students in seminar courses of no more than 25 students, working closely with accomplished, senior professors. Research opportunities and a weekly series of guest lectures by noted scholars, thinkers, artists and industry leaders round out the Vic One experience. Named after distinguished alumni of Victoria College, the streams of study include: The Northrop Frye Stream for Humanities Named for one of the worldâ€™s foremost literary scholars, this stream offers students the opportunity to examine people and concepts from across a wide range of historical periods and cultures that have shaped the human experience. Students will employ the methods and theories of great thinkers, poets and writers in order to better understand social and cultural phenomena. The Norman Jewison Stream for Imagination and the Arts Students will have the opportunity to expand their artistic interests through hands-on exploration of various media. They will discover how the arts play an integral role in both individual and social life. Norman Jewison is a world-renowned film director, founder of the Canadian Film Centre and former Chancellor of Victoria University. The Lester B. Pearson Stream for Social Sciences Named for Canadaâ€™s 14th prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Pearson stream allows students to use in-depth research methods and primary sources to examine individuals, issues and events that have shaped public life, public policy, and international relations in the modern era Students will develop insight into the collective consciousness of significant moments in the formation of contemporary society. The Egerton Ryerson Stream for Education Through group discussion and practicum placements, students in the Ryerson stream will explore the philosophical, historical and cultural aspects of education. Students are encouraged to consider the importance of education in contemporary society. This stream is named for the founder of Ontarioâ€™s public education system and first principal of Victoria College.
“Vic One allows me a direct link to tomorrowʼs leaders as they start their personal and career development. I look at my students in awe. They challenge me, they excite me, and their energy makes being in the classroom a pleasure.” Anne Urbancic Vic One Faculty, Frye and Pearson streams; Senior Lecturer, Italian Studies; 2012 Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, Faculty of Arts & Science
The Arthur Schawlow Stream for Math and Physical Sciences Students will take a multidisciplinary look at the physical sciences, scientific progress, and the environment in which science is performed and advanced today. Students are encouraged to think about our social responsibilities and the philosophical questions that have shaped our approach to science. Arthur Schawlow, Nobel laureate, was best known for the co-invention of the LASER. The Augusta Stowe-Gullen Stream for Life Sciences Students will use science, statistics and the arts to deal with the relationship of the health and life sciences to human experience. As part of a year-long project, students will be mentored as part of the development of a major grant proposal. This stream is named for the first woman graduate of a Canadian medical school, who graduated from Victoria in 1883. What does your first year look like in Vic One?
Vic One Courses (2.0 credits)
Vic One co-requisite course
Faculty of Arts & Science elective courses
(minimum 0.5 credit)
(up to 2.5 credits)
Completion of first year (5.0 credits)
How to apply Admission to Vic One is competitive. Interested and eligible students must complete a separate online application. Admission decisions are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and a brief essay.
Academic Programs at Vic Among the Faculty of Arts & Science始s programs are a number of interdisciplinary programs offered by and at Victoria College.
Literary Studies Students analyze literary texts and other media, and are encouraged to study in more than one language. By examining different technologies through which cultural forms have evolved, students explore existing and new links between literature and historical, cultural, political, social, and psychological forces. Material Culture With a focus on the study of tangible things, students engage in research projects which originate with studies of artifacts and incorporate cross-institutional dialogues with scholars and stewards of material culture. Students work with curators and other professionals to analyze the social and cultural relevance of objects as a way of understanding a culture or society. Renaissance Studies Many aspects of our modern world have their origin in the Renaissance: our emphasis on the study of human affairs; our irrepressible interest in the exploration of the universe, in science and in medicine; the institutions of church and state as we know them today. The program examines changes in art and literature, in social and political development, and in technology and science which transformed European concepts of the individual, society, and the world. Semiotics and Communication Studies Semiotics is the science of communication and sign systems. The program examines natural and artificial languages, as well as non-verbal communications. Students in the program look at the development of sign systems and examine the major areas in the culture of the modern world.
“The best part of ctep is getting experience in real classrooms, from kindergarten to high school and with adult immigrants learning English. It’s great to meet teachers and learn first-hand about different teaching styles and opportunities.” Stephen Kupfer School: Upper Canada College Toronto, Ontario Programs of Study: CTEP, Environmental Studies, French
Vic Two To extend the challenging environment and dynamic classroom interaction of the Vic One program, Vic Two is a series of upper-year multi-disciplinary seminars in a variety of areas including political science, creative writing, the arts, and the sciences. Seminar topics vary but are meant to complement disciplinary studies and give students an opportunity to apply foundational knowledge through interactive dialogue. EDUCATION PROGRAMS Concurrent Teacher Education Program The Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP) integrates undergraduate study and teacher training over five years. Students complete two degrees simultaneously: an Honours Bachelor of Arts (H.B.A.) or Science (H.B.Sc.) and a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Vic CTEP is designed for students who intend to teach at the primary/junior level (K-6).
Thinking of becoming a teacher? Learn more about the George and Helen Vari Scholarship/Bursary for Future Teachers on p.39
Education and Society Students interested in education explore topics such as child and adolescent development, equity and diversity, communication and conflict resolution. Students enjoy hands-on experience in classrooms and are strongly encouraged to explore international placements. Students completing the minor are well prepared for applying to professional programs in education.
Student life at Vic not only reflects the College始s heritage and our students始 diverse interests, it also reflects our community始s evolving social and environmental awareness and activism.
â€œI found that conducting research abroad allowed me to better understand my field but, more importantly, reinforced many of the passions that originally attracted me to Peace and Conflict Studies by emphasizing the human aspect of important international issues.â€? Sima Atri School: University of Toronto Schools Toronto, Ontario Programs of Study: Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science
Extend Your Reach At Victoria College, every undergraduate student will enjoy an education that is personal, that includes activities beyond the classroom and is enriched by international experiences. International Exchange and Study Abroad We value the exceptional learning experiences made possible when our students spend a term or more studying abroad. Well above the national average, more than 15% of Victoria College students engage in international study as part of their undergraduate degree. The benefits are both personal and academic. Victoria College offers bursaries and financial aid to help eligible students participate in international exchange and study abroad. The University of Torontoâ€™s Centre for International Experience administers exchange programs with over 140 institutions from 40 different countries for students who would like to study abroad for a semester or full year. The Universityâ€™s summer abroad program offers students the opportunity to take a Faculty of Arts & Science course that draws on the unique resources of over 25 locations around the world. Research and Travel Awards From presenting a research paper at an academic conference in Boston, participating in a summer internship at the University of Oxford or volunteering with an NGO in Uganda, Vic students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by seeking out and participating in experiences that enrich their academic programs and inspire new knowledge and awareness.
â€œMy involvement with Ideas for the World provided a much-needed sense of belonging within the larger environments of both U of T and the city. â€? Natalie Beaulieu High School: Bangor High School Bangor, Maine, US Programs of Study: Philosophy and Religion
Ideas for the World Launched in 2011, Ideas for the World is a co-curricular program designed to give Vic students the opportunity to interact, reflect and share ideas on timely and historical topics traversing science, culture, religion, theatre, the humanities and politics. There are no grades, no course fees and there is plenty of interaction between students, faculty, staff and people beyond the walls of the University. Sessions in Ideas for the World include: • Theatre for Thought • Science in Society • Culture and Conflict in the Media • Humanities for Humanity • The Purpose, Power and Politics of the University • Religion and the Public Sphere Participation Awards and Grants Vic offers a number of additional awards and funds to support student involvement in non-credit opportunities: national debating competitions, community outreach initiatives, conferences, student publications and productions and other not-for-credit, challenging non-curricular or co-curricular experiences.
â€œVic has been my home away from home because of the many kind-hearted students, faculty and staff who are passionate about enhancing our university experience.â€? Qisheng (Barry) Li Home Country: China Programs of Study: Human Biology, Chemistry
Support for International Students More than 300 international students enrol at Victoria College each year, representing over 50 countries from all around the world.
Our international students greatly contribute to Vicâ€™s dynamic social and cultural fabric. At Vic, we aim to provide a high quality education along with a supportive and personally enriching experience in a culturally diverse environment. We have a dedicated staff in the Office of the Dean of Students who support and provide advice to international students studying at the College. We offer a number of activities to help new students become acquainted with the University and the city of Toronto, and adjust to life in a new country. Vic is also proud to offer a number of admission and in-course scholarships to high-standing international students. Among these awards are the Lawrence and Sharen Ho International Scholarships, which are offered to ten entering students each year in the form of an entrance and residence scholarship.
Campus Life at Vic Whether you live in residence or commute to and from university, you’ll find your place in one of the many clubs, teams, organizations and social activities that thrive at Vic. The energy and creativity that distinguish the Vic experience extend beyond the classroom. At Vic, there is a rich student life that offers an incredible variety of opportunities for you to get involved. Here’s a list of just some of the Vic clubs and activities you can get involved in:
We are proud to be home to longstanding organizations such as Acta Victoriana, a literary journal established 1878, and the Bob Revue, Canada’s longest running sketch comedy show, as well as to more recent additions such as HUMANITAS, an undergraduate journal for the humanities, and Caffiends, the College’s own volunteer-run fair trade café.
“Vic offers a welcoming, progressive atmosphere and an abundance of resources and opportunities to get involved. This environment has taught me more about myself than any classroom can.” Christian Julien High School: St. Andrewʼs College Aurora, Ontario Programs of Study: Philosophy and Society, Ethics & Law
Commuter Life Students who commute to and from Victoria College will find a variety of support services in place to help them stay connected with campus life. Resources, services and events such as commuter orientation, commuter dons, a lounge for commuters, study and career sessions, special meal plans, faculty and alumni events are designed to increase and enhance the opportunities for commuter students to be involved and engaged in the Vic community. Services and Facilities around U of T As a student of the University of Toronto, you will also have access to clubs and services around the University. With over 300 U of T clubs and associations to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to branch out and explore. Hart House offers students a full-service athletic facility, two restaurants, art gallery, music practice rooms and study spaces. In addition, the U of T Athletic Centre boasts 10 squash courts, a 200-metre indoor running track, four multi-purpose courts, two swimming pools, an indoor golf range, badminton and tennis courts, dance studio and several gymnasia.
â€œLiving in residence allowed me to be a part of a close-knit community and gave me a warm and welcome environment to help me grow and succeed socially and academically.â€? Shreya Batra Anneseley Hall resident
Residence Life Residence life at Vic places an emphasis on providing a positive social, cultural and academic experience within a vibrant student community.
Living in residence is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, where you will meet amazing people, form friendships and create connections that will extend throughout your entire university career. At Vic, all first-year students are guaranteed a place in one of our four residence buildings, which are home to approximately 800 students. Annesley Hall Built in 1903, Annesley Hall is a national historic site as the first university residence in Canada to be built specifically for women. Annesley Hall remains an all-female residence today and is known for its close-knit community, large double rooms and abundance of common space, complete with library and music room.
Annesley Hall plays host to the annual Vic Halloween Party.
• Single, double and triple rooms • Single-sex (women only) • Shared washrooms • Common room with kitchenette on each floor • Music practice room and study spaces Burwash Hall Burwash Hall is a charming example of Collegiate Gothic architecture complete with towers and gargoyles. It comprises a number of houses which are joined together to form the Upper and Lower Houses. Upper Houses: Overlooking the Victoria College Building, the Upper Houses (North, Middle, Gate, and South) were built in 1913 and serve as co-ed dorm-style residences. • Single, double and loft double rooms • Co-ed • Shared and private washrooms • Common room on the main floor of each house and kitchenette on each upper floor
lower Houses: Originally built in 1931, the Lower Houses (Ryerson, Nelles, Caven, and Bowles-Gandier) are a co-ed residence. The first three floors have a mixture of single and double rooms, some with individual sleeping alcoves with adjoining study/sitting rooms. Bowles-Gandier is home to the Vic One Living Learning Community. • Single, double and triple rooms • Co-ed • Semi-private washrooms • Common room on the main floor of each house and semi-private kitchenettes on each floor Margaret Addison Hall Built in 1959, Margaret Addison Hall is a traditional dorm style residence. It is known for its close-knit community, spacious doubles and social environment. • Single, double and triple rooms • Co-ed • Shared washrooms • Common room and kitchenette on each floor • Music practice room and study spaces Rowell Jackman Hall Opened in 1993, Rowell Jackman Hall is the College’s co-ed and single-sex apartment-style residence. Some suites have been designed to accommodate residents with accessibility needs. • Single and double rooms • Co-ed and single-sex suites (3 to 7 students in each suite) • 1 to 3 washrooms, kitchen, living and dining room in each suite
Marg Ad hosts the annual Golden Shoe, a series of friendly competitions between the residence floors.
R.J. is host to the annual Chocolate Buffet fundraiser. Proceeds go to a local charity of choice.
Dining on Campus The primary dining facilities at Vic are Burwash Dining Hall and Wymilwood Café. Varying in food choices and dining styles, the two locations work in tandem to provide appealing and flexible dining options for students. Meals are prepared fresh and daily by our in-house chefs. Students can choose from a number of meal plan options and our Food Services staff work to meet the dietary requirements and preferences of our diverse student community. Residence Dons Dons are graduate and senior undergraduate students hired and trained by the University to act as advisors to students in residence. Dons are assigned to each floor or each house in all our residences where they are available to answer questions, offer help and provide guidance. They oversee a residence community that provides students with every opportunity to experience personal and academic success. Committed to Accessibility Vic is committed to working with students who have visual, medical, environmental and mobility needs. Working with the University of Toronto’s Accessibility Services, Vic ensures that the accessibility needs of students are accommodated when they live in residence.
Approximate Costs of Living at Vic Room, depending on size and arrangement: $6,000–9,000 Meal plan: $3,500–4,500 Service and student levies: $300–400
“I chose Vic for the support it offered in both my academic aspirations and athletic endeavours as a member of the U of T swim team.” Brian Lee High School: The Baylor School Chattanooga, Tennessee, US Program of Study: Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology
Rachel Campbell High School: St. Mary’s High School Kitchener, Ontario Programs of Study: English and History
“Vic has helped me grow so much personally and academically, coming here was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Scholarships and Financial Aid Vic’s student awards and bursaries program is among the best in the country, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.
Every offer of a scholarship or award presents Vic students with the benefit of choice – the opportunity to enhance their academic learning with one-ofa-kind experiences without the burden of financial concerns. Admission Scholarships Vic offers more than 120 admission scholarships to outstanding secondary school students. The scholarships range from $3,000 to $5,000 in value (a few are renewable for a total value of up to $20,000). Most of our awards recognize academic excellence; a few are specifically designated for students who also demonstrate leadership qualities through extracurricular or community activities, excellence in the creative or performance arts or athletics, or financial need. The George & Helen Vari Scholarship/Bursary for Future Teachers Through a generous donation from the George and Helen Vari Foundation, Vic offers an admission award valued at $10,000 to an Ontario secondary school student who is committed to pursuing a career in teaching at the primary or secondary level in Ontario. The award is renewable for four years, including a final year of study at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education or Concurrent Teacher Education Program, for a total value of $50,000.
“The Vari scholarship gave me the financial support I needed to pursue my studies at Vic, and it encouraged me to enter a career that has been most rewarding.” Amy Yeung Vic graduate and secondary school teacher, TDSB 39
In-course Scholarships All Vic students who achieve an average in the A range (3.50+ GPA) at the end of their first, second, or third year of study are guaranteed a Victoria College in-course scholarship, with a starting value of $1,000. Bursaries In addition to academic merit scholarships, Vic offers bursaries (nonrepayable grants) for students who are encountering financial difficulties or experience a sudden change in their financial situation. Students can submit a bursary application at the start of either the Fall or Winter Semester.
In the 2011â€“12 academic year, Vic gave out over $1.1 million in academic merit scholarships and awards to 700 outstanding students.
International Experience Bursaries We encourage students to gain international experience by participating in a University-approved study abroad program. To help realize this goal, Vic students may be eligible to receive a special bursary of up to $2,000 to participate in an official Summer Abroad or Centre for International Experience exchange program. (See page 23 for more information about our study abroad programs.)
â€œI had enjoyed tutoring throughout high school so I was happy to learn that I could continue tutoring as a Vic student. It has been a pleasure being involved with the Chemistry Tutors and getting to meet new students every week.â€? Lakmini Pinnaduwage High School: Earl Haig Secondary School North York, Ontario Program of Study: Physiology
Academic Support and Services
The Office of the Registrar is a studentâ€™s first stop for support and advice on academic, career, financial or personal matters. Our experienced advisors are available to help you navigate through University policies and procedures and identify unique opportunities for enriching your undergraduate experience. Victoria College and the University of Toronto also offer a number of tutorial services to help you succeed in your studies. E.J. Pratt Library Located on the Victoria University campus, the E.J. Pratt Library collection numbers approximately 250,000 items and contains books, periodicals, documents, pamphlets and specialized material. It is also home to the Robert Farquharson Information Commons, providing a range of academicrelated information technology services. First Year Learning Communities (FLC) FLC is a program designed to improve the transition for students from high school to university. It gives first-year students the opportunity to meet classmates, form study groups, and develop academic and personal skills. Vic Chemistry Peer Tutoring Vic Chemistry Tutors offer regular group sessions to help you with labs, concepts and test preparation. Victoria College Writing Centre The Writing Centre offers one-on-one tutorials to go over assignments and help you develop the capacity to plan, write and revise essays, lab reports, and other academic papers. Academic Success Centre The Academic Success Centre offers lectures, workshops, as well as group and individual counselling sessions that address skills such as time and stress management, writing, note-taking, and exam preparation. Accessibility Services Accessibility Services offers support, advice and liaison with academic and administrative departments, campus services, and off-campus agencies. Career Centre The Career Centre offers workshops and counselling sessions to help you discover careers that are best suited to your interests and personality and learn how to conduct a successful job search. 43
FIND YOUR PLACE “Vic is about so much more than the pursuit of knowledge; it’s also about questioning that knowledge; self-reflecting in a community that cares about things like inclusivity, diversity, morality, tradition, arts and culture, healthy living, poverty and the environment. You come to Vic for a few years to learn and experience what you can. You leave having changed for the better.” Daniela Rupolo Vic Class of 2012
IN THE WORLD
Upon graduation, you will be in the company of more than 37,500 Victoria College alumni from around the world. Your connection to Vic will last well beyond your undergraduate years. Vic’s reputation for academic excellence is demonstrated by our students’ achievements. In 2012, 30% of the graduating class received high distinction (CGPA 3.50+) and 19% of the class received distinction (CGPA 3.20 to 3.49). Many of our students go on to pursue further studies at the graduate level in prestigious institutions around the world. Postgraduate Awards Vic offers a number of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for Vic students pursuing postgraduate studies. Alumni network Vic has an extensive network of alumni, with alumni in over 100 countries. From renowned writers to medical researchers to international business leaders, our graduates have landed in all corners of the world and have given back to their communities and society-at-large in innumerable ways.
THE DIVERSE CAREER PATHS OF VIC GRADS [opposite page, clockwise from top-left]: Christopher Anderson (2002), partner-Tax Practice, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP; David Topping (2010), associate editor, The Grid TO; Johanna Skibsrud (2001), novelist and Giller Prize recipient; Daniel Matthew L Storisteanu (2011), PhD (Medicine) candidate, University of Cambridge and Gates Cambridge Scholar; Erin Fitzgerald (2010), DPhil (International Relations) candidate, Oxford University and Rhodes Scholar; Marion Warnica (2006), reporter and anchor at CBC Edmonton; Stacey Lee O’Malley (2005), policy & decision analyst, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
Learn More About Vic
Visit us: To register for a campus tour and for a map and directions to the Vic campus, please visit www.vic.utoronto.ca. Admission requirements and application instructions for Victoria College and any of our programs can also be found on our website. Contact us: Office of the Registrar 73 Queen始s Park Crescent Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 416-585-4508 email@example.com www.vic.utoronto.ca