The rankings for 2020 are out, and the University of Toronto snagged the 18th spot on the list - up three spots from last year, and beating out storied institutions like Duke and Ivy League college Cornell. Here’s why University of Toronto is a Top 20 University worth checking out.
A totally unique student life in one of Canada's most exciting cities
If you get sick of the majestic campus buildings (but really, how could you?), make a break for the nearby neighborhoods of the Annex & Koreatown. These two neighborhoods combine to become one of Toronto’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, the epicentre of Toronto trendiness. It’s a lively, student-filled area that’s packed with cool restaurants, independent bookshops, cafes, and live music venues, not to mention famous Toronto cultural attractions like the Hot Docs movie theatre, which screens documentaries and independent films from around the world, and the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest museum in Canada and one of the biggest in North America. With the largest population of Koreans outside of South Korea, this is also the best place to track down authentic Korean barbecue the next time a bulgogi craving hits.
It's not all about the academics
With nearly 13,000 students from China, the largest contingent of international students at the U of T, the number of clubs offered for Chinese students is massive. Groups like the Mandarin Debate Association, the Asian Gaming Association, and the Chinese Entrepreneurs Group are just a few examples of the offerings for Chinese students. The University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) is the largest Chinese students’ association in Toronto; they’re one of the main organizers behind the Spring Festival Gala that takes place every year, bringing together Chinese students from across the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
It's amazing at basically everything
According to another university ranking, QS World University Rankings, U of T also came out on top in a wide variety of specific subjects, like engineering, nursing, and pharmacy & pharmacology. It was one of a handful of universities that ranked in the top 25 globally for 34 taught subjects; only six other universities could beat that, including Cambridge and Stanford, which makes it safe to say that U of T is excellent across the board.
Cracking the top 20 is no small feat, but Canadian schools really are among some of the best in the world - and now it’s official! If you’re interested in studying at one of the world’s best universities, Study Abroad Foundation offers several programs at the University of Toronto.