University of St. Michael’s College

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University of St. Michael’s College

St. Michael’s is one of the oldest and most distinctive of the seven colleges on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. It offers students full access to the complete range of courses offered by the U of T, as well as the College’s own unique academic programs.

Students are drawn to St. Michael’s for many reasons. The College provides a top-quality undergraduate experience at the heart of Canada’s greatest research university. It offers a close-knit community which maintains its Catholic identity while welcoming people of all backgrounds. The College’s historic and picturesque campus is located steps from the array of cultural, entertainment and sports attractions available in Toronto, one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world. St. Michael’s provides state-of-the-art library and residence facilities, and a wide range of student activities and services.

Marshall McLuhan, Etienne Gilson, and Jacques Maritain are among the leading scholars who have taught at St. Michael’s, and the College’s alumni include the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, M.P., P.C., Tony Comper, the former president and chief executive officer of BMO Financial Group, and Olympic gold medallist Lori Dupuis.

While fully federated with the U of T, St. Michael’s is a university in its own right. Its graduate Faculty of Theology is one of the largest theology schools in North America, and its Continuing Education Division offers an extensive selection of courses and certificate programs. St. Michael’s is also home to the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and the renowned Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Student Residence

St. Michael’s College Residence is the oldest residential community at U of T. Founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers, a congregation of Catholic priests, St. Michael’s has been serving the needs of students from all backgrounds for over 150 years. Our residents come from all over the world and study in a variety of disciplines, at many different academic levels. Situated on the eastern side of the St. George campus, our residence buildings are located in the center of the college’s spacious and beautiful grounds. St. Michael’s provides accommodation for 430 students within 5 buildings that range from older Victorian-style homes to larger, more modern structures.


St. Mike’s has a long and proud tradition of athletics and each year the various residence houses compete for the coveted Dean’s Cup in a number of sports including street hockey, softball, volleyball, soccer, & ultimate Frisbee. The competition runs throughout the entire year. St. Mike’s also has a complete weight room / exercise room that can be used by residence students for a nominal $25 fee.

We also have many teams that compete competitively with other divisions within the University of Toronto. This year our Football and Ruby teams were UofT champions! Some other teams include:

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Indoor & Outdoor Soccer
  • Water Polo
  • Lacrosse
  • Broomball
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo
  • Badminton
  • European Handball
  • Floorball
  • Indoor Challenge
  • Table Tennis
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Cricket

Arts and Culture

Each year the Drama Society at St. Mike’s produces musicals and plays which are entered in various competitions throughout the UofT. Students are also very active in the Annual UofT Film Festival.

Over the years, SMC has built a solid reputation for producing successful productions and have won several awards and competitions.

This past year SMC produced “Baby The Musical” and a play called “Uninvited.” SMC students also produced a film for the University of Toronto Film Festival.

A St. Mike’s tradition for almost 50 years, Kelly’s Korner is a monthly open-mic talent show held on the last Wednesday night of every month in the Brennan Hall Lounge. Catch the next big up-and-coming band or comedian right here.

Amateurs are definitely welcome!!

Situated on the historic east side of the UofT campus and spanning more than 12 acres, St. Michael’s is the largest college at UofT and provides a veritable oasis within the bustle of downtown Toronto. Founded in 1852, St. Mike’s is rich in tradition and boasts some of the most spectacular architecture on the UofT campus. Amenities include the largest college library and computer commons at UofT, a fully equipped weight room, world renowned alumni, and a friendly student council that is committed to making your university years memorable.

Interested in finding out more? Then take a Virtual Tour of the SMC Campus.

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