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Seneca and University of Toronto partner for student success

May 26, 2011

Signing of agreement gives students opportunity to earn Seneca diploma and U of T degree in four years

TORONTO, ON – Seneca College and the University of Toronto (U of T) are pleased to announce a unique post-secondary partnership that shortens the time it takes eligible Seneca students to earn a diploma and a degree at both institutions to four years.

The Student Success Partnership Agreement gives students the opportunity to begin their studies at Seneca and complete them at U of T earning both a Liberal Arts diploma and a university Bachelor of Arts degree in four years.

The two institutions will sign a formal partnership agreement on Thursday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, St. George Campus, 119 St. George Street, Toronto.

“Our partnership provides qualified Seneca students with a seamless option for continuing their education in the Honours BA Program in U of T’s Faculty of Arts and Science,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “It speaks to our commitment to our students’ success and ensures ongoing co-ordination and collaboration between our two institutions that will allow us to explore further opportunities for our students.”

Students in the program spend their first two years at Seneca, while taking two or three U of T courses. They complete their studies with a third and fourth year entirely at the university’s St. George campus.

“The small classes, feedback from professors and support from Seneca make the Liberal Arts program an ideal foundation for students who want to go on to successfully pursue a degree at the University of Toronto,” said Nicolas Esper, Liberal Arts graduate who is transitioning into a full-time U of T student.

Alternatively, after completing the first two years at Seneca, students have the option of continuing their studies at U of T as partial load or part-time students – allowing for more flexible learning.

“We’re delighted to help students reach their goals and achieve success through this innovative partnership,” said U of T Vice-Provost Cheryl Regehr.

In 2008, Seneca’s Liberal Arts program and the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T established a pilot project that paved the way for this partnership agreement.

With 10 campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

The University of Toronto has assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth and depth on any other Canadian campus. U of T faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at any university in the U.S. or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact, U of T consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world. Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in 10 renowned academic hospitals.



For more information, please contact:

Seneca College Media Relations
416-491-5050 ext. 7018
University of Toronto Media Relations