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Founded in 1964 and located on the St. George campus just north of Robarts Library, the University of Toronto's main research facility, Innis College provides a small-scale, informal home to about 1,900 undergraduate students, approximately 425 of whom are first-year students.
Innis College is named in honour of Harold Innis, a political economist and communication studies pioneer and a professor at the University of Toronto until his death in 1952.
Innis prides itself on its high academic standards, vibrant and innovative community, and supportive counselling and academic services. Governed by means of a structure based on equal representation of students and faculty/staff, Innis draws on and values student involvement and leadership.
The college building blends old and new styles by incorporating a substantial Victorian home into a functional modern structure. It contains a forum-style auditorium and cinema, library, café with an outdoor patio, and student study and lounge spaces. The Innis Residence offers modern apartment-style living and is located directly across the street from the Innis College building.
Use the links to the left to navigate your way through the Future Students website and find out all that you need to know about Innis College and the University of Toronto. We at the Innis Registrar's Office encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.
The Registrar's Office is a student's first stop for academic and student service information. The office, located on the main floor of the Innis College building, provides many services including:
- Individual counselling concerning academic, financial, and personal matters
- Information sessions on program selection, career options, and entrance to professional schools
- A Welcome and Transition program for new students, including summer Academic Orientation Sessions, New Student Day in September, and academic preparation workshops during Frosh Week.
- Newsletters on student issues and a weekly email "listserv" updating students about upcoming events and deadlines
- Work Study (student employment) opportunities
The Office of Student Life at Innis College is located inside the Innis Residence, directly across the street from the College. The Dean of Students and his team of Student Life Dons are committed to supporting Innis students and enhancing their University experience through life-skills workshops and leadership opportunities. The office provides many services including:
- Events and information sessions that focus on student personal and leadership development, such as in the areas of health and wellness, safety and security, food and nutrition, mentorship and networking, and spirituality and diversity
- A Student Life e-newsletter that is sent to all Innis students on a bi-weekly basis; past issues of the newlsetter can be found on the Office of Student Life website.
- A Student Lounge space in the Residence Event Room that Innis commuter students can use for studying between classes
- Dons who are available for counseling, advice, and additional resources throughout the evenings on a drop-in basis
The Writing Centre is a free service and is home to experienced and supportive instructors. The Writing Centre, located on the third floor of the Innis College building, provides:
- One-on-one instruction in course-related writing, editing, and analytical skills
- In-course workshops for assignments in Innis program courses
The Innis Library's reference librarian is available to assist students with research strategies. The Library, located on the second floor of the Innis College building, offers:
- Collections for the Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, and Writing & Rhetoric programs
- Locally developed websites
- 5 computers for student use
- Work Study (student employment) opportunities
The Innis College Residence is a modern apartment-style complex located directly across the street from the Innis College building. Sixty percent of residence space is reserved for first-year students. Other features include:
- 327 single rooms grouped together in self-contained four- or five-bedroom suites with furnished living room, two washrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is no meal plan in the residence and students prepare their own meals.
- Barrier-free access for students with special needs
- High-speed internet access in each bedroom and wireless in the common rooms
- Common rooms including fitness, laundry, music, games, TV, and study rooms
- 24-hour front desk security
- Innis Residence Council (IRC)
- Taddle Creek Residence Life Awards (seven awards valued at half the cost of residence for a year)
- Employment opportunities for students (approximately 20)
The Innis College Student Society (ICSS) is a student-run union that complements the academic services of the College by offering social, educational, political, and athletic extra-curricular activities. It is dedicated to ensuring that all Innis students get the most out of their college experience. The ICSS sponsors:
- Orientation Week
- Pubs/ social nights
- The Innis Herald newspaper
- Intramural and intercollegiate athletics
- The Social Committee and its seasonal activities
- The Innis College Formal
The Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) is a student-run union that is comprised of undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Cinema Studies program housed in Innis College. Among its other activities, CINSSU sponsors film screenings in the Innis Town Hall, including the Free Friday Films series.
The Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU) is a student-run union that is comprised of undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Urban Studies program housed in Innis College.