About U of T Engineering
Welcome to Canada’s #1 Engineering School and one of the world’s best
No university in Canada — and perhaps the world — is in a better position to offer an education that will help the brightest students meet the grand challenges that humanity now faces.
Major international rankings consistently rate U of T Engineering number one in Canada and among the world’s best. We’re preparing engineers of tomorrow — like you—to unlock our future’s boundless potential.
You will study among talented students who bring their own perspectives and passions to the mix. Our student body is the most diverse in our history, with students from every Canadian province and more than 100 countries.
The U of T Engineering community is known for being especially supportive and closely knit. We’re proud of being one of the oldest and finest engineering schools in Canada and we look forward to introducing you to our revered traditions.
Learn more about U of T Engineering in our latest annual report.
Innovation thrives here
From the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb to the world’s fastest bike, the U of T Engineering community brings innovative ideas to life through creativity, entrepreneurship and smart design. As a graduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to engineering ingenuity in numerous ways — whether you’re collaborating on groundbreaking research or getting your own startup off the ground through The Entrepreneurship Hatchery.
U of T is #1 among North American universities in the number of new research-based startups*
*Association of University Technology Managers
A vibrant and inclusive community
The U of T Engineering community is tightly knit and deeply committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging for all its members.
Within the Faculty, graduate students find community in many ways, like discipline-specific associations, interest-based student groups and teams. All engineering graduate students also have access to activities and initiatives organized by the Graduate Engineering Council of Students (GECoS), a student-led forum for cross-departmental collaboration on academic, social and professional events. Representing the general interests of engineering graduate students, GECoS also leads two specialized commissions to further address the needs of the community:
- The GECoS Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission works with the Faculty and University to make meaningful systemic improvements to student life and experience, and provides a platform for engineering graduate students to raise their concerns.
- The GECoS Mental Wellness Commission advocates for the mental health and wellness of engineering graduate students, acting as a liaison between students and Faculty leadership. The commission also creates resources and organizes events to support engineering graduate students.
Outside of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, engineering graduate students also have access to the vast range of services, facilities, resources and supports available to all students at the University of Toronto. Whatever your passion, you are certain to find others at U of T who share in the same interests.
By the Numbers
Rank among Canada’s engineering schools
University in North America for research-based startups
countries our students call home
engineering alumni worldwide
engineering graduate students
engineering-specific startup accelerators
Get to know our city
Industry leaders agree that Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s thriving technology hubs. It’s no surprise that companies like Netflix, Twitter and NVIDIA selected Toronto to expand their operations.
U of T’s iconic St. George campus is located in the heart of this dynamic and diverse city — the perfect place for Canada’s #1 engineering school. Our neighbours include MaRS Discovery District, major multinationals and world-class hospitals. This proximity facilitates unique academic and industrial collaborations that create incredible opportunities for our students and recent grads.
Beyond the professional perks of living in an innovative city, Toronto is an incredible place to live. From its cultural festivals and concerts to unforgettable attractions and delicious food, this city offers exciting activities all year round to suit every taste and preference.
Studying at a university in a metropolitan city also has its advantages when it comes to housing. In addition to several on-campus residence options, U of T is surrounded by student-friendly housing options. Toronto’s transit system and underground pedestrian system makes the entire city accessible.
- One of the world’s most livable cities
- One of the world’s most diverse city
- One of the world's best cities for working in tech
- North America’s third-largest information and communications technology cluster
- North America’s third-largest mass transit system and the largest underground pedestrian system
- North America’s second-largest financial services hub (after New York)
- Seven professional sports teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Football Club
- Toronto is a gateway to the world served by two airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ)
U of T Engineering team earns US $250,000 in global XPRIZE Carbon Removal Student Award
Shijie Liu (MIE MASc candidate), Yi (Sheldon) Xu (MIE postdoctoral fellow) and Celine Xiao (MIE PhD candidate) are members of Team E-quester, which has earned a $250,000 XPRIZE Carbon Removal Student Award in 2021.
AutoDrive Challenge™: U of T Engineering places first for the fourth straight year
Zeus, a self-driving electric car created by a team of students from U of T Engineering placed first in the intercollegiate Autodrive Challenge the last four years in a row. The aUToronto team consists of more than 70 members, many of whom are U of T Engineering graduate students.
Soft robot programmed to move like an inchworm
PhD candidate Yu-Chen (Gary) Sun and Professor Hani Naguib are designing soft robots and wearable devices with smart materials that physically respond to electo-thermal changes in the environment.
The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) — a partnership between the University of Toronto and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) — has launched a new research facility at U of T. The Device Foundry will advance micro-nano fluidic device fabrication.
Illuminating green tech
Nanoleaf, founded by alumni Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger and Christian Yan, has grown from its days as a crowdfunded venture to a bi-continental, award-winning company that is revolutionizing the lighting industry with energy-efficient LED light bulbs. In 2020, the company pivoted its operations to produce masks, goggles and gloves to address COVID-19 related shortages.
Designed by Professor Goldie Nejat and her team, Tangy is an assistive robot that promotes social interaction and recreational activity among those with degenerative cognitive conditions. Tangy tells jokes and leads games like Bingo, which exercise memory, recognition and fine motor skills in patients.