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| I attended UofT for Masters and Ph.D. degrees, and generally speaking, enjoyed my years there. The university is very good, and my program (anthropology) was of high quality. I've heard UofT referred to as "The Harvard of Canada". The campus is gorgeous, and the city of Toronto very cosmopolitan & interesting. As an American at a Canadian university, I was extremely well treated and respected, and the school was very generous to me. All in all, it was a tremendously positive experience, and a reasonably good graduate experience.|
Having said this, however, I do feel that the quality of instruction is somewhat uneven. Some professors are world-class scholars and gifted teachers, whereas others are marginal at best, and some even are has-beens. Consequently, I felt my education was somewhat uneven, and that I had to take responsibility to fill in the holes. In the final analysis, I could have been better prepared for the professional world of academics.
The other aspect of college life at UofT is my status as an American. As I mentioned, I was generally well treated and respected, althogh I will say that I did feel life a fish out of water at times, and that the school did not have the same identity for me as it did and does for Canadain students. I met my (American) wife there, and she feels the same way. Since we left Toronto, we have not been tremendously involved in the alumni community, which in of itself must say something. If you are an American, this is something to keep in mind. Perhaps it is typical of students studying abroad generally.
In summary, I would recommend University of Toronto very highly for its academic program, with the few caveats mentioned.
|Oct 04 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| As the largest university in Canada, it has horrible career placement and corporate connections. You are treated as 9 digit number for the first two (if not three) years here. The profs don't care about you, just teach because they are forced to inorder to get research funding. As a matter of fact, some profs have the objective of failing upto 30% of the class (even in your junior year!) |
|Aug 27 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| Increase the job placements and the include more companies to the career center.|
It would also help if more technical courses would be offered in the summer and course load per semester would be allowed to increase/decrease.
|Jun 02 2005|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |