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University College

Established in 1853, University College is committed to the non-sectarian, socially inclusive education of undergraduate students. The College's reputation for high academic standards and sustained community engagement continue to inspire our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. University College is home to four academic programs including Health Studies, Canadian Studies, the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the UC Drama Program. The College is also the home of the University of Toronto Art Centre, a public art gallery that maintains a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of Canadian and international art. Read more.

Thanks to donors like you, I received an entrance scholarship that helped subsidize my first-year tuition and gave me a real sense of accomplishment. I am currently in my third year at the University of Toronto, double majoring in physiology and human biology. Although my plan is to pursue a career in medicine, I enjoy taking elective classes that expand my worldview.

Through my Canadian Studies elective, I got the chance to apply my classroom learning in the real world when I helped to develop the Kensington Market: Hidden Histories app. This interactive app makes it easy for people to take a closer look at the history behind landmarks and buildings they pass by and to learn about the city’s cultural heritage.

I am so grateful that I could use my research into Toronto’s history to create something that can impact people’s lives.

My passion for history is one of the reasons I chose UC—U of T’s founding college. The other reasons were UC’s openness, community-oriented attitude and reputation for academic excellence. All of which you help make possible. Thank you for your support.

Natalie Simonian
(BSc UC 2019)

Donald C. Ainslie Leadership Awards at University College

To create an endowed fund, the income from which will offer public recognition and financial prizes to second- and third-year students to encourage and reward extra-curricular and co-curricular student involvement at University College.

Area of Greatest Need

This fund helps University College respond quickly to pressing and unforeseen financial need through initiatives like emergency student aid or support for student academic counseling.

Building Revitalization Project

This fund will renew our beloved building with heritage and functionality in mind. We will restore classrooms, install state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, improve accessibility for students with mobility challenges, and breathe new life into the library.

Student Scholarships & Financial Aid

This fund provides our UC Registrar with additional funds to support students in financial need, to reward student academic excellence and to recruit the top students to University College.

Canadian Studies

This fund is used, at the discretion of the Director of Canadian Studies, to support students, speakers' series, academic courses and programming to enhance the student experience.

Health Studies

This fund is used, at the discretion of the Director of Health Studies, to support students, speakers' series, academic courses and programming to enhance the student experience.

Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

This fund is used, at the discretion of the Director of the Bonham Centre for SDS, to support students, speakers' series, academic courses and conferences to enhance the student experience.

UC Drama Program

This fund is used, at the discretion of the Director of UC Drama Program, to support students, production costs, visiting artists, academic courses and programming to enhance the student experience.

University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)

This fund is used by the Director of UTAC, to enhance the students' experience through access to art and to care for the permanent collection of 5,000+ works of art.

UC Writing Centre

This fund will enable UC to offer students additional one-on-one writing appointments to help them improve their academic writing and other forms of writing. Student demand always exceeds available appointments.

Cognitive Science

This fund is used by the Director of Cognitive Science to provide students with enhanced learning experiences as they seek to better understand the cognitive structure and neurophysiological basis of perception, language, learning, reasoning, and consciousness in both biological and machine information-processing systems.

UC One

This fund is used by the Coordinator of UC One to provide first-year students with experiential learning opportunities in the community as they explore topics related to health, culture, citizenship, and sexuality. Donations also fund a series of guest lectures and workshops to prepare first-year students for success at university.

Senior Common Room Fund

This fund is used for the advancement of research dissemination and collaboration by supporting events associated with the UC Senior Common Room.

First Nations Exchange Project

This fund will cover costs associated with the First Nations Exchange Project in which students in the Health Studies Program will visit a First Nations Reserve to learn about Aboriginal health in partnership with Aboriginal youth and a partner community of First Nations peoples.

Alumni of Influence Student Sponsorship

Students have the opportunity to attend the Alumni of Influence through the generosity of our donors. Individual student tickets can be sponsored with a minimum donation of $150 per seat.

The Daven Seebarran Social Advocacy Travel Award


For more information, please contact us:

Donations Management
J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House
21 King's College Circle
Toronto ON M5S 3J3