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University of Toronto Scarborough
Established 1964
Type Satellite campus of the University of Toronto
(Public university)
Principal Franco Vaccarino[1]
Dean Rick Halpern
Faculty 242[2]
Undergraduates 10,400[2]
Postgraduates 107[2]
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Suburban, 121 hectares (300 acres)[2]
Former names Scarborough College (1964–1983)

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is a satellite campus of the University of Toronto located in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The campus was opened as the Scarborough College in 1964 as part of the university's eastern expansion, mainly as an institute for studies in the arts and sciences. By 1983, the campus was given the prefix "University of Toronto" as it expanded into a mid-sized university.

UTSC is partnered with the nearby Centennial College's Ellesmere campus, providing students with joint-venture programs, particularly in the computer sciences field. The campus is also one of the only universities in Southern Ontario to provide cooperative education enrolment options to students in the fields of management and biological sciences. The campus is currently undergoing expansion by constructing a new institutional center by 2013 and a new state-of-the-art aquatics center which will be in use for the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games.



The land on which the University of Toronto Scarborough now rests was purchased in 1911 by Toronto businessman Miller Lash, who developed the site into his summer estate complete with a mansion. The estate was acquired by insurance broker E. L. McLean in 1944 after Lash's death.[3] In 1963, the University of Toronto purchased the 202-acre property from McLean for about $650,000, and construction of university buildings on the site began in July of the following year.[4]

In 1964, the university was established as Scarborough College, a satellite campus of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto. The university undertook extensive renovations of the Miller Lash mansion, which became known as the principal's residence. Scarborough College was initially planned and designed as a television college that makes widespread use of television for teaching purposes.[5] Television production facilities and infrastructure were built into the building structure. Professors would record their lectures and broadcast them on the television screens during class time, eliminating the need for instructors to come in and allowing greater flexibility for them.

However, the television experiment was unsuccessful as students were not satisfied with the lack of interaction with lecturers, and the plan was abandoned by 1967. The television screens are used by instructors for video work in their lecture materials, such as showing film clips or slides while the central broadcasting area became the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre. In 1972, the campus was reorganized as a separately governed division of the university, and took the name of University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus in 1983. By 1996, the name had become the University of Toronto at Scarborough. More recently, the "at" was dropped and is now called the University of Toronto Scarborough. Many signs still bear the old name. Those affiliated with the university still fondly call it "UTSC".


Student Centre

The campus spans 300 acres (120 ha) of woodlands, trails, and fields, resting on a significant stretch of Highland Creek. The main building was designed by architect John Andrews in a Brutalist architectural style and completed in 1964. There is no free parking available on campus. Parking permits cost upwards of $851.87 for a yearly permit.[6] Public transportation is provided by the Toronto Transit Commission and GO Transit.

Traditionally, the three main academic buildings are the Humanities Wing, Science Wing and Bladen Wing. The three buildings are connected, allowing for students to travel from one building to another indoor during the cold winters. To accommodate the double cohort and other factors contributing to enrollment increases, massive construction has occurred as part of a $150 million capital expansion program, with a portion of the funding coming from the U of T Enrolment Growth Fund.[7] The Academic Resources Centre (ARC), which includes a renovated library and a 500-seat lecture theatre; Joan Foley Hall, an apartment style residence; and the Doris McCarthy Gallery opened in 2004.[8] The next year saw the launch of the Management Building and the Student Centre. The Student Centre was funded with $14 million by students, the largest donation in the university's history.[9] It received a Green Design award from the City of Toronto for the green efforts made during its construction. Eighteen tonnes of steel from the demolished gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum had been used.[10]

As part of UTSC's partnership with Centennial College, the Centennial HP Science & Technology Centre opened in fall 2004 at Morningside and Ellesmere, allowing joint degree students to travel less should they opt to use the resources of both the college and the university. The Arts & Administrative building opened in fall 2005 and now functions as the main welcome area to the campus.[11] The building also houses the art and music studios as well as the Principal's office. The valley below UTSC, accessible from Old Kingston Road, is home to a baseball stadium for University of Toronto's Varsity Baseball, which opened in September 2006.

Joan Foley Hall

A number of other additions and upgrades were recently completed, including a new cardio room and updated athletic facilities, a new LGBTQ lounge, as well as improved teaching facilities, study spaces, and lecture halls. In 2007, an extension to the Science Wing was constructed and opened in October 2008. This extension connects through the old lobby of Leigha Lee Browne Theatre which also had renovations completed in September 2008.[12] The campus is also in the process of significantly enhancing its Wi-Fi coverage, and is concurrently installing hundreds of additional power outlets to accommodate the exponential increase in laptop use by students. Many new power outlets were seamlessly installed in the S-Wing in February 2009, providing much-needed electricity to the hundreds of students that study there daily but who were without a single power plug up until then. The university has aggressively undertaken an initiative to facilitate increased study space for students and power outlets for laptops, both issues needing significant attention since roughly 2005 onwards.

Residence on campus includes townhouses and apartments. The townhouses are located on the north and south end of the campus and hold 4 to 6 people per house, all sharing a washroom and a separate shower room. All the townhouses are named after trees and are located on a forest trail that's a 5 minute walk to campus grounds. The apartments are much nicer due to being new and are offered based on academic excellency and need. It is a four storey residence with each apartment having two fully equipped bathrooms and each floor with a common room for recreational use and studying. All bedrooms in the residences are for single occupancies. Students living on residence have access to the Rez Centre, a recreational room with a television and pool tables.

On 24 September 2009, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building north of campus called the Instructional Centre.[13] The $70-million, 14,000-square-foot building will increase the campus' capacity by 25% and is planned to be ready by 2011.


UTSC Bookstore

UTSC is a primarily undergraduate institution with a relatively small portion of graduate students. There are seven academic departments at UTSC; Humanities, Management, Social Sciences, Psychology, Biology, Physical Sciences and Computer Sciences. UTSC is the only campus of the University of Toronto that offers cooperative education programs, which place students for up to 3 semesters in workplaces pertaining to their field of study.[14]

The Department of Humanities has programs in languages (mainly English and French but there are introductory courses in Spanish, Latin, Mandarin, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese and Sanskrit), history, visual and performing arts, linguistics, religion and philosophy. The department offer a few interdisciplinary programs such as Women's Studies, cultural pluralism and Diaspora Studies. It is also one of the only two universities in Ontario that grants an undergraduate degree in Arts Management. The department also offers a journalism joint degree program where students can obtain a undergraduate degree and a college diploma at the same time. The various programs in visual and performing arts include visual art, drama theory and music theory with studio courses in acting, choral music, string ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, and painting. Due to the ties of these programs to the department, they also house the Arts and Events Programming group on campus.[15]

The programs in the Department of Management are geared for students in the field of business studies. All programs are specialist degrees with fields in Marketing, Human Resources, Finances, Accounting and Economics. Students can also elect to do a Management specialist or combine it with studies in Information Technology. All programs have a co-op option.[16] The department also houses a business certificate program for non-degree students.[17]

The Meeting Place

The Social Sciences programs offered at UTSC are a mixture of liberal arts and science based courses. Programs include sociology, anthropology, political science and geography. Like Humanities, the department also houses many interdisciplinary programs including city studies, new media, public policy and international development studies. The New Media program is a joint degree program where students earn a degree and college diploma.[18]

The university has three departments in the sciences. The Dept. of Psychology includes programs in psychology, mental health and neuroscience. The Dept. of Physical Sciences oversees programs in Physics, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry. The remaining sciences, such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, integrative biology and conservation biology fall under the Department of Biology. There are currently graduate studies in Environmental Sciences. The university is looking to expand that under Biology as well.[19] The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences teaches computer science, mathematics and statistics. Each of these four departments have active student associations that provide workshops and seminars that aid their study.

The university also offers a concurrent teacher education program where students can specialize in an arts stream or a science stream. Art streams will include French as a mandatory major and students can pick a second major to compliment that while science stream students require one of mathematics, chemistry or science and choose a second major as well.

Many degrees at UTSC are specialist degrees, as opposed to the more common academic majors and minors. Joint programs with Centennial College are offered in journalism, new media, paramedicine, industrial microbiology, and environmental science and technology.[20] Starting in 2006, the campus offers a new course called Science Engagement, which is a service-learning course.

Student life

Food court in the Student Centre

Because UTSC is not located in an urban downtown core or a major business centre, there are fewer opportunities for recreation, socialization, and entertainment in the immediate surroundings. The majority of students are commuters who live in the Greater Toronto Area and not in residence. While some students try to create an active role for others to participate in, many events take place at night after classes are over and students simply don't like to wait around to attend events. There is also a demand for pub events, something that was lacking on campus for a few years until recently. With student life being less focused on campus, UTSC ranked 34th of 38 in a 2006 student survey on campus atmosphere.[21]

Full-time students are required to pay fees supporting various on-campus organizations, the largest being the Scarborough Campus Students' Union (SCSU), which owns and operate the Student Centre as well as own Bluff's Restaurant (shut-down by the SCSU as of February 6, 2009). Other organizations supported by the fees include the Scarborough Campus Athletic Association (SCAA), The Underground student newspaper, and Fusion Radio, an Internet campus radio station.

In addition, there are over 100 student groups and clubs representing various interests[22], such as an anime club, a green club and photography club etc. There are also many cultural and religious groups on campus. The campus is starting to get a stronger arts scene with the advent of events such as concerts, gallery openings and film festivals. The Drama Society hosts many performances in the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre every year. The campus has some intramural sport leagues and a cheerleading team. A Residence Life Team hosts monthly events in the Rez Centre for students living on campus. The SCSU hosts a variety of campus events such as a multicultural talent show and the annual Spring Formal. They also provide discounted tickets to Cineplex theatres and Yuk Yuk's. Recently, there has been a rise in political events and endorsements from various student groups, especially by the SCSU.

The entrance to the gym

The SCSU is the university's official student representative to the administration and the other campuses. The Student Centre includes the SCSU office, the Office of Student Affairs & Services, Fusion Radio, Rex's Den, the Women's Centre, a multi-faith prayer room, and a food court with Subway, A&W, Asian Gourmet, and Treats.[9] The student centre also has a confectionary that sells TTC tokens, bottled juice and soda drinks, various frozen treats and snacks. Also on campus, there are two Tim Hortons locations within roughly 150 meters of each other, serving two distinct sections of the school. The smaller of the two is located in the Meeting Place and offers a full-beverage selection however only limited food choices (no sandwiches). The larger Tim Hortons, located where the UTSC Bookstore was prior to 2005, was opened in August 2008 and offers a complete selection of Tim Hortons products and is extremely popular (and busy) with students. In addition, Extreme Pita and Pizza Pizza reside in the Athletic Centre, while the 'Market Place' offers a variety of complete cooked food services and meals such as fresh pasta, sandwiches, stir-fry and Bento sushi and is located in the 'H-Wing'. The latter three are administered by Aramark.

Impeachment of SCSU President

In 2010, then-SCSU president Zuhair Syed was impeached after over 1000 students were gathered to initiate a referendum for the removal of Syed.[23] The referendum was initiated over Syed neglecting his presidential duties, threatening VP academics Aisha Khaja in the campus library[24], and increasing executive pay by more than 30% without receiving the approval from the board of directors.[25] Syed was removed from his presidency with 554 for impeachment and 477 against in the referendum. The impeachment was its first in campus history.


UTSC can be accessed locally during most hours by the Toronto Transit Commission. The 95B and 95E buses run along Ellesemere/York Mills to York Mills Subway Station and the 38 Highland Creek bus runs along Ellesmere to Scarborough Town Centre. The 38 bus runs later than the 95 buses, forcing some students to walk out onto the corner of Ellesmere Ave. and Military Trail to get on the 38 late at night.[26]

The 116E Morningside Express bus is available at Kennedy Subway Station for a limited run during the early morning and on campus during the afternoon and early evening. This allow riders on campus to take a quicker and more convenient trip to and from Kennedy Station by avoiding the transfer to the Scarborough RT. There is also a Blue Night route, the 354 Lawrence East.[27][28]

According to the City of Toronto's Transit City proposals, some of these routes may be eliminated in the future as the new Scarborough Malvern LRT line would be built by 2018 along Morningside Avenue.

For students living in Durham region, they can travel by GO Transit. Heading west, they will go to Centennial College Progress Campus and then York University while Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa are the eastern destinations. Buses come every half an hour or so.

Alumni and faculty

Hall of Excellence

See also


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  3. ^ City of Toronto By-Law No. 744-2001
  4. ^ UTSC Timeline
  5. ^ In the "tuned in" sixties, what post-secondary school was planned as a TV college?
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  7. ^ "Capital Expansion Projects at UTSC". University of Toronto Scarborough. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Doris McCarthy Gallery UTSC". University of Toronto Scarborough. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
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  11. ^ "University of Toronto Scarborough: Past and Present". University of Toronto Scarborough. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Science facility will enhance innovation in research". University of Toronto Scarborough Media Release. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
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  22. ^ "Student organizations". Office of Student Affairs & Services. September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  23. ^ "Should he stay or should he go? Ousted SCSU president’s impeachment referendum takes place next week". The Varsity. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  24. ^ "SCSU fracas over top job - Scarborough student union gets second interim president in as many months, after disgraced prez stripped of duties". The Varsity. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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