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U of T releases data on finances for 2018–2019, student population for 2019–2020 school year

Data reveals gender balances of students, professors, and international student origin
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U of T has released its annual Facts & Figures data for 2019, which is produced by the Office of Planning & Budget.

The data includes information on almost every area of the university, revealing an increase in revenue and expenses from the 2018–2019 academic year, gender imbalances within faculties and campuses for the 2019–2020 academic year, and the majority of international students’ origin.


In total, U of T’s revenue last year was $3.6 billion, an increase of $214 million from the 2018–2019 academic year. Domestic and international student fees accounted for 48 per cent of the university’s revenue, contributing $1.7 billion.

The second largest source of revenue came from government grants for general operations, which contributed $726.5 million; the third largest came from government and other grants and contracts granted for restricted purposes, which contributed $469.4 million.

U of T saw an increase in income from all sources of revenue except for donations between the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 academic years. U of T received $127.6 million in donations in 2017–2018, which saw a decrease to $102 million in 2018–2019.

This month, U of T received the largest donation in Canadian history: a total of $250 million that more than doubled the total income from donations last year.

The largest expense in 2018–2019 was salaries, with U of T paying $1.5 billion in salaries out of a total of $3.1 billion in expenses. U of T also spent $348.9 million on employee benefits in 2018–2019, an increase of $30.3 million from 2017–2018.

Compared to the 2017–2018 academic year, U of T spent more in most major categories of expense, including salaries; employee benefits; scholarships, fellowships and bursaries; and loan payments. However, U of T spent less in 2018–2019 on materials, supplies, and services and utilities than in 2017–2018.

The data revealed how much the university spends on each faculty and college. U of T spent the most on the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, with $326,074, $180,041, and $137,442, respectively.

Student enrolment

Enrolment statistics by campus showed that, in the 2019–2020 school year, 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate students were enrolled in the Faculty of Arts & Science, making it the faculty with the most students. The second and third largest groups were the UTM and UTSC campuses with 15,166 and 13,826 total undergraduate students, respectively.

The faculties with the highest percentage of women students were nursing, information, and Woodsworth certificates and diplomas, with 81 per cent, 75 per cent, and 74 per cent of undergraduate students identified as women, respectively.

The faculties with the lowest number of undergraduate women were applied science and engineering at the UTSG campus, the Toronto School of Theology, and medicine, with 38 per cent, 46 per cent, and 50 per cent of the students identified as women, respectively.

International students

The report also broke down international student enrolment by country. A majority of 64.6 per cent of undergraduate international students in 2019–2020 came from China, while India, South Korea, and the United States were the second most common countries of origin, representing 5.6 per cent, 3.1 per cent, and 2.7 per cent of all international undergraduate students respectively.

Nearly 40 per cent of international graduate students also came from China. A higher percentage originated in other countries than with undergraduate students, including India, the United States, and Iran, with 12.2 per cent, 10.3 per cent, and five per cent, respectively.

On the other hand, a majority 57.2 per cent of opportunities for learning abroad took place in Europe, while 31.3 per cent of learning abroad activities took place in Asia-Pacific.

Data on international students also revealed that there tends to be a lower percentage of women international students than in the general student population. This trend has occurred every year since 2010–2011.

Last year, 54.6 per cent of total undergraduate students and 57.4 per cent of total graduate students identified as women, while 53.4 per cent of international undergraduate students and 47.9 per cent of international graduate students identified as women.