Woodsworth College, Toronto

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Coordinates: 43°39′59″N 79°23′57″W / 43.66639°N 79.39917°W / 43.66639; -79.39917

Woodsworth College, University of Toronto
Woodsworth toronto crest.png
Motto Propositi tenax (Latin)
Motto in English
Firm of purpose
Type Constituent college of the University of Toronto
Established 1974
Principal Joe Desloges
Dean Liza Nassim
Undergraduates 6,300
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Website wdw.utoronto.ca

Woodsworth College, named after politician and clergyman James Shaver Woodsworth (1874–1942), is a college within the University of Toronto, Canada. It is the largest college in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George Campus. It is also the newest of the colleges at the University of Toronto, created in 1974. Woodsworth College's Arms and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on October 15, 2006.[1]

The college was founded to serve part-time students exclusively, specifically adults pursuing continuing education studies in Arts and Sciences, and transfer students. Since 1999, Woodsworth has embarked on 'direct entry', where students are accepted directly from high school. Woodsworth College is home to approximately 6200 students.

Woodsworth College

Woodsworth College Students' Association[edit]

The Woodsworth College Students' Association (WCSA) is the representative body of students at the college.

The association's government consists of the President, six Vice-Presidents, and nineteen Directors which comprise the Board of Directors.

The state mission of the WCSA is "to serve, to represent and to advocate for the students of Woodsworth College"[2]

WCSA organizes events such as orientation (Orientation Week) for first-year students, weekly WCSA Wednesdays, the annual Red Party along with the year end Woodsworth Gala (Formal). It also provides a great deal of services and activities throughout the year.

The office of the WCSA is located at: WW 103, 119 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3]

The WCSA website is mywcsa.com.

International Student Exchange[edit]

In 1974, Woodsworth was administering the Summer Program to Sienna, Italy.

Woodsworth College's International Summer Programs sends over 900 students to 18 destinations worldwide. In 2016, the destinations were: Australia, Czech Republic, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates.

The Visiting Student Program[edit]

Woodsworth oversees the Visiting Student Program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. This program allows students from other North American universities to come to the University of Toronto and complete credits towards degrees at their home institution.

Student residence[edit]

Woodsworth College Residence Building

Woodsworth Residence was erected in 2004 and was designed by the architectural firm Architects Alliance. The residence, located at 321 Bloor Street West, towers over the Perly-Rae gates at the northern entrance of the St. George Campus. The building is a 17-storey glass tower housing 371 students and it offers apartment style living. Suites are self-contained individual apartments of 4-6 people. Each suite provides its occupants with individual rooms; suites are equipped with a shared kitchen, living room and washrooms. There is also an exercise facility, pool table, foosball table, study rooms, and television rooms.

Prior to the construction in 2004 of the Woodsworth College undergraduate residence, the site at 321 Bloor Street was occupied by the Graduate Student Residence, also known as the St. George Apartments. The four-storey U-shaped residence, built in 1926, was designed by the firm of Paisley & Marani and was in the City of Toronto's Inventory of Heritage Properties. In 2000, A new residence was built for graduate students at the on Harbord St.

Woodsworth College Residence has a student council (Woodsworth Residence Council) composed of students that live in the residence including floor/house reps.

There are also courses that take place within the basement of the residence. Some of the courses are offered by the Rotman School of Management and include courses in business law, accounting and finance.[4]

The residence web page is http://wdw.utoronto.ca/residence

Academic programs[edit]

Students are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Woodsworth College also hosts several programs within the faculty. These are:

Popular culture course[edit]

Woodsworth College is introducing a new 200Y-level course in 2016-17 year that will provide an introductory overview of the field of popular culture studies.[5]

Interdisciplinary programs[edit]

These programs combine courses from a number of different academic departments in the faculty.

Certificate programs[edit]

This program is for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Human Resources Management

See also[edit]


  • 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)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=1083 Arms and Badge
  2. ^ "WCSA  » Our Mission". mywcsa.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  3. ^ "WCSA". mywcsa.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Arts & Science 2015-2016 Fall-Winter Session Timetable offerings for: Rotman Commerce [RSM courses - includes MGT201H1]". www.artsandscience.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Academic Programs/Courses". University of Toronto, Woodsworth College. Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. Retrieved 23 June 2016.