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Access at U of T

ASPO works alongside all divisions, many campus and community partners, and an incalculable number of faculty, administrators and students to identify the strategic opportunities, tools, resources, and approaches required to address and respond to university-based access-focused priorities. We aim to be responsive, resourceful, and innovative.   

On this page, we highlight some of our partners, divisional/departmental coordinated access & outreach offices and websites, and recent announcements highlighting access initiatives at U of T.


Dedicated to inclusive excellence, our partners strive to enhance and enrich the student experience throughout the student life cycle.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students (OVPS) teams, which ASPO is a part of, include: the Division of Student Life on the St. George Campus, dedicated to student success, provides support and resources through its 12 units, including the Centre for International Experience and Health & Wellness.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management (VPSEM) teams include: University Registrar’s Office which includes student financial aid & awards and the University Admissions and Outreach office which works with campus partners, and conducts outreach to prospective students, parents, and community partners to support students through the applications and admissions cycle.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work at U of T has evolved over many years with key champions — students, staff, faculty, and librarians — engaging and advocating for equitable and inclusive spaces at the University. These efforts with institutional supports and leadership have culminated in the establishment of the University’s Institutional Equity Office (IEO) within the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture

U of T Divisional/Departmental Access & Outreach Offices and Websites

Office Team Sitting at the Table

Recent Announcements

The ceremonial Eagle Feather and U of T’s ceremonial mace at a 2023 convocation ceremony. The Eagle Feather was gifted to the Office of the President by Elders at the 2017 entrustment ceremony for the University of Toronto Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee’s Report, “Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin” (photo by Lisa Sakulensky)

The University of Toronto has created a new Indigenous Tuition Initiative to foster and strengthen relationships between U of T and Indigenous communities in Ontario, across Canada, and in the United States. This initiative includes three programs: 

  • The U of T Indigenous Tuition Grant covers the cost of tuition in eligible undergraduate and graduate programs for students from the nine identified First Nations communities 
  • Indigenous students from the rest of Canada may be eligible for domestic Ontario tuition fee 
  • Native American/Alaska Native students from the continental U.S.A. may be eligible for domestic Ontario tuition fee 

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The University of Toronto Enrichment Academy is an ambitious new initiative to directly engage historically underrepresented students with pathways to accessing — and succeeding in — post-secondary education. The Enrichment Academy comes out of the need to address access to the University’s direct-entry undergraduate programs through a strategic enrolment management lens.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022  Ð Students on the first day of classes at the University of Toronto Mississauga. (Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn) Ethics and Professionalism in Forensic Science Professor Karen Woodall & Murray Clayton
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Lachmi Singh, director of education program and administrative services and Sandra Bjelajac Mejia, assistant professor (teaching stream) are exploring ways to increase diversity of the pharmacy profession by engaging student and educators.  

In 2022, Singh and Mejia received funding from U of T’s Access Programs University Fund (APUF). The project, known as PharmPath, aims to help high school students better understand career opportunities in the pharmacy profession and perhaps ultimately choose to pursue a career in pharmacy. Singh and Mejia hope that diverse students, especially Black and Indigenous students, will see that pharmacy is an exciting and dynamic career path.

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