Why Trinity?

Every student in the Faculty of Arts and Science is part of a College.  The "Trinity experience" is distinctive; it's exciting, and it's memorable. Here are the qualities that set us apart:

Small Community, World-Class University

Students enjoy all the advantages of a small college community at Trinity College. First-year undergraduate enrolment is limited to approximately 450 students, and total enrolment to about 1850, making Trinity  the smallest of the seven colleges on the University of Toronto's St. George campus.  A high proportion of our students - including more than 50 per cent of those entering their first year - live in residence. Students build a strong community life and form close friendships that last a lifetime.

Students know the people who work at Trinity, and we - from the Provost, to the Registrar, to the Deans, to the librarians - are here when they need help and advice. Within U of T's wide campus, Trinity provides a place where students feel they belong.

At the same time, Trinity students have full access to all the benefits associated with U of T - its libraries, laboratories, extensive research activities, enormous course selection, diverse cultural facilities and social events.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Students can choose from a wide variety of extracurricular programs, clubs and teams. Depending on their interests, they might:

  • attend special lectures and meet our distinguished visitors;
  • join any number of college clubs or organizations like the Trinity College Dramatic Society or the Literary Institute, which is the oldest student debating club in Canada;
  • play a wide variety of sports, from rugby to quidditch, many at both the intra-mural and Varsity level;
  • find a cause to volunteer their time with  through Trinity's network of student volunteer organizations;
  • work on the Trinity student newspaper and journals;
  • participate in Trinity's student government, which has many elected positions.

A Diverse Student Body

Our students come from many different communities within Canada and abroad. We actively celebrate a culture of openness and respect for differences. Our current student body includes students representing 60 countries outside Canada, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Guyana, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Poland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine and Zaire.

Committed to Undergraduate Education

We offer a variety of outstanding first-year courses, with very small classes taught by leading scholars. Our Trinity One program brings students together in small seminar courses to share learning in three concentrated streams: International Relations, Public Policy, and Ethics. In their second year, Trinity College students may choose to enrol, if they wish, in one of our three College programs: International Relations; Ethics, Society and Law; or Immunology; or in any other program in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto.

Committed to Excellence

We attract gifted and motivated students who contribute to our community and benefit from its challenging opportunities. Our entrance requirements are among the highest in Canada.

Trinity has a very high proportion (more than half) of students graduating with "high distinction" or "distinction" and more than half of our graduates go on to pursue graduate studies. We are also extremely proud of our unusually strong record of producing Rhodes scholars. Since the scholarships were established in 1903, a Trinity student has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship on average every three years.

Like our students, our fellows and associates are exceptional and include some of U of T's finest faculty.

A Supportive Environment

At Trinity, we make sure our students have all the skills and tools for success from the first day they set foot on campus. These include:

  • The Registrar's Office  is your first stop for all things related to your academics and post-graduation planning. The Registrar’s Office offers all Trinity students advising on academic, financial, career-related, and personal matters. The advisors will listen, offer answers, options, clarification, and advice, and can also refer you to other more specialized services offered by the University of Toronto.  Email, call, or drop by to make an appointment to see someone if you have questions, have encountered difficulties, or simply want to talk to someone about your plans.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for non-academic student life at the College, with the ultimate goal of fostering the well-being and academic success of Trinity students. In addition to managing the residence life experience for the College, this office provides all Trinity students with educational and social programming, leadership and civic engagement opportunities, and many other avenues of out-of-classroom learning. That includes programs and events centered around Health and Wellness with Trinity's Associate Director, Community Wellness
  • Our On-Site Learning Strategist, Jonathan Vandor from the Academic Success Centre, is available to meet with Trinity students to discuss time management, study strategies, and more, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm.  Appointments can be scheduled by emailing Jonathan at jonathan.vandor@utoronto.ca or by contacting the Registrar's Office.
  • Our On-Site Counsellor, Lily Rosenberg from Health and Wellness, is at Trinity throughout the week to offer students mental health support through one-on-one counselling.  Lily is available by appointment.  Referrals can be requested by contacting the Registrar's Office, Office of the Dean of Students, or the Health and Wellness Centre.
  • Our International Transition Advisor, Asim Ashraf from the Centre for International Experience, will be on-site outside Strachan Hall on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 2:30pm.  Asim can help new international students with transition-related questions like how to succeed in the U of T classroom, get involved on- and off-campus, make connections, and get access to helpful programs, services, and information.  There is no need to make an appointment to meet with Asim - just drop by Strachan Hall on Tuesday afternoon during his on-site hours.
  • Trinity's Academic Dons are graduate students who live in residence and provide academic counselling and support for ALL Trinity students, whether or not you live in residence. The Dons also provide critical non-academic support for students, and create and ensure a safe and supportive residence community. The Academic Dons implement various types of programming for all students, so watch for more information throughout the year.
  • Peer Advisors are upper-year Trinity students who are available to provide guidance and advice to other students throughout the academic year.  They provide unofficial advice and assistance in the selection of programs and courses, so if you are studying a subject for which there is no Academic Don, or if you are just looking for advice from someone who has been through it before, talk to a Peer Advisor.
  • Mindful Moments - Would you like to be more calm, confident, and connected? Join free weekly drop-in sessions, here at Trinity College, to practice secular mindful meditation techniques that increase your relaxation and focus. Follow this link for more information on the Mindful Moments program.
  • The John W. Graham Library is available to all Trinity students for help with your library needs, including research support and instruction in information-seeking strategies, group study spaces, and computer workstations.  Meet your Personal Librarian!  You can drop in with your research inquiries or set up an appointment for help with in-depth research questions.
  • The Trinity Math Aid Centre is staffed by PhD students in the Department of Mathematics - if you need help with a math class or the math portion of any other class, make an appointment with the Math Aid Centre or visit during their drop-in hours.
  • The Writing Centre provides instruction in, and objective criticism of, written course assignments in any discipline.  Staff there can advise you on the organization, argumentation, documentation, grammar, and style of your written work, and are happy to speak to you at any stage of the assignment from conceptualization to final draft.
  • a full-time Chaplain, also available to students for personal counselling, moral support and spiritual guidance, regardless of their religious affiliation.
  • a comprehensive Bursary and Scholarship program.

Cutting-Edge, Yet Traditional

Trinity is a special place, memorable for its lovely buildings and grounds. It is on the cutting edge intellectually, but it has its own traditions and customs. For example, students and fellows still wear their gowns for special high table dinners in Strachan Hall. The College dances are still important social events. We still commemorate Guy Fawkes Night. The Lit continues to host debates as it has done for more than a century. Our Anglican heritage is still evident, from our marvellous chapel to the ethos that encourages students, the majority of whom are not Anglican, to help others through volunteering.

Trinity is an amazing place to live and learn!