Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Infobox UofT College
name = Victoria University
in the University of Toronto
common_name = Victoria College

motto = Abeunt Studia in Mores
translation = Studies pass into character
established = 1836
federated = 1890
faculty = Arts and Sciences
faculty2 =
college_type = Federated
religion = United Church
sg_area = East
president = Paul W. Gooch
chancellor = Norman Jewison
principal = David Cook
provost =
registar = Susan McDonald
endowment =
undergrad = 3,500
postgrad =
theology =
subway = Museum
routes = 5 Avenue Road
142 Downtown/Avenue Road Express
94 Wellesley
street = 73 Queen's Park Crescent
city = Toronto
website =

Victoria University ("Vic" for short) is a federated school of the University of Toronto, consisting of Victoria College and Emmanuel College. Victoria University is somewhat separated from the rest of the university geographically, bordering Queen's Park, and being located on the eastern portion of the campus along with St. Michael's College. Victoria College is today home to approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. The President of the University is Paul W. Gooch and the Chancellor is Norman Jewison. The Principal of Victoria College is David B. Cook and the Principal of Emmanuel College is Rev. Samuel P. Wyatt. The Dean of Students is Jason Hunter.

Traditionally, Victoria has attracted students with excellent academic credentials maintaining its long reputation as one of Canada's strongest institutions of higher education.

Victoria is presently the wealthiest college at U of T by net assets. In part this has been because of alumni donations, but much of the growth is specifically due to the rapidly increasing value of Victoria's large real estate holdings in downtown Toronto. Today, the College has a securities portfolio worth approximately $78 million and a real estate portfolio worth $80 million.fact|date=September 2007


The Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada laid the foundation of Victoria College in Cobourg, Ontario in 1834. It was incorporated as a University in 1841. Rev. Dr. Ryerson was its first President. [ The Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881 ]

Victoria College was originally founded as the Upper Canada Academy by the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada. In 1831 a committee decided to locate the school on four acres of land in Cobourg, Ontario, to the east of Toronto, because of its central location, large town, and access by land and water. In 1836 Egerton Ryerson obtained a royal charter for the institution in England (the Upper Canadian government being unwilling to provide a charter to a Methodist institution at that time) and the school officially opened its doors to male and female students under the principalship of Matthew Ritchie. Although it taught a variety of liberal arts subjects, it also functioned as an unofficial Methodist seminary. In 1841 the Academy became Victoria College and finally received its own charter from the Upper Canadian Legislature. Victoria University was formed in 1884 when Victoria College and Albert College federated with each other. In 1890, Victoria University federated with the University of Toronto. In 1892,Victoria University moved from Cobourg to its current campus at the corner of Queen's Park Crescent and Bloor Street in Toronto.

The oldest residence building at Victoria College is Annesley Hall. Built in 1903, and renovated in 1988, Annesley Hall was the first residence built specifically for women in Canada. Other residences include Burwash Hall, Margaret Addison Hall, Rowell Jackman Hall, Law House and the independent Stephenson House.

James Loudon, a former President of the federated universities, had prohibited dancing at the University of Toronto until 1896. However, dancing at Victoria was not officially permissible until thirty years later, in 1926.

In 1928, the independent Union College federated with the theology department of Victoria College, and became Emmanuel College.

Victoria University is governed bicamerally by the Victoria University Board of Regents and the Victoria University Senate. These bodies are represented by faculty, administrators, elected students and alumni. The colleges are governed by the Victoria College Council and Emmanuel College Council. College councils are represented by faculty, administrators and elected and appointed students.

The main building, Old Vic, is an example of Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style.


Victoria University offers a number of scholarships per capita. All Victoria College students who do not already hold a renewable scholarship are guaranteed one in-course scholarship of $1,000 if they achieve an average in the A range (Grade Point Average 3.50+) at the end of their first, second, or third year of study. []

Victoria houses the recently renovated E. J. Pratt Library and is also home to two other libraries, the Emmanuel College Library (originally the Birge-Carnegie Library) and United Church and Victoria University Archives.

Victoria is also home to The Isabel Bader Theatre, which opened in March 2001. Over the past few years the theatre has been used as a lecture hall for University of Toronto students, an active learning space for Victoria University students groups, numerous concerts, theatrical productions, film screenings, and conferences. The academic programs of the college include Literary Studies, Semiotics and Communication Theory, Renaissance Studies, the Vic Concurrent Teacher Education Program (developed in conjunction with OISE/UT) and the first-year undergraduate programs Vic One and Vic First Pathways. []

Recently, the administration of Victoria University has been actively promoting international experiences as a part of the undergraduate student experience. [$!27s+Page.pdf?method=1]

tudent Groups

Campus life for Victoria students is active and varied, with numerous student clubs and groups. These include the Victoria College Drama Society (VCDS), the Literary Club, Vic Dance, Victoria Off-Campus Association (VOCA), The Renaissance Students Association (RSA), Film Societies, Future Investors and Entrepreneurs (FINE) and vocal and music groups amongst many others. [ [ Student Clubs ] ]

Victoria has a student newspaper, called "The Strand" [] , which is distributed fortnightly across the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

The college publishes an annual journal called the "Acta Victoriana" [] , that contains literary work by current Vic students.

The Victoria College Chorus (Vic Chorus) is a mixed voice choir consisting of current students and alumni that holds biyearly concerts.

The Victoria College Athletics Association (VCAA) [] provides students with a chance to participate and compete in numerous sports.

Notable alumni

* Margaret Atwood – Author
* Margaret Avison – Poet
* Wilbur R. Franks – Noted Scientist and Cancer Researcher
* Northrop Frye – Literary Critic
* Norman Jewison – Current Chancellor of Victoria University and Filmmaker
* Vincent Massey - Former Governor General of Canada
* Don McKellar – Actor and Filmmaker
* Richard Outram - Poet
* Lester B. Pearson – Former Prime Minister of Canada and Nobel Laureate
* E. J. Pratt – Poet
* Allan StrattonWriter
* Donald Sutherland – Actor
* Kenneth D. Taylor - Former Chancellor of Victoria University and Former Canadian Ambassador to Iran
* Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – 6th President of Latvia
* Arthur L. Schawlow - Physicist, Nobel laureate.


ee also

*List of evangelical seminaries and theological colleges


* Martin L. Friedland 'The University of Toronto: A History' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 2002)
* Robin Harris 'A History of University of Toronto' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 1970)
* Rick Helmes-Hayes 'Forty Years, 1963-2003: A History of the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.' (Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2003, 215 pp.)
* Professor Brian McKillop, 'Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791-1951' (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press ©1951)
* Marian Packham '100 Years of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto: An Illustrated History' 1908-2008, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 2008)
* Neil Semple 'Faithful Intellect: Samuel S. Nelles And Victoria University' (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, September 1, 2004)

External links

* [ Victoria University]
* [ Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada profile]

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