The majority of Woodsworth’s students study full-time and are admitted directly from high school. However, Woodsworth’s place is unique amongst the colleges at the University of Toronto in that approximately one-third of its students are part-time and the college remains committed to serving their needs. All of its students have full access to the courses and programs offered through the Faculty of Arts & Science.
In 2004, Woodsworth College was proud to open its residence at 321 Bloor Street West. The building, designed by architects alliance, is an imposing glass structure at the corner of Bloor and St. George Streets and offers 371 students on campus accommodation in an apartment style setting. The Residence has been an exciting addition to the College for all its students.
In addition to being a locus of student life, Woodsworth is the sponsor of a variety of academic programs including three first-year seminar courses; Woodsworth One; Certificate programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Human Resources Management; Teaching in Higher Education; Summer Abroad Programs and the Visiting Students Program.
Woodsworth is also the home of several major access programs. The Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program admits students mature students who are at least 20 years of age and who have been away from formal education for a time, to pursue degree studies at the University of Toronto upon successful completion of the program. The Diploma to Degree Program is a joint effort between Woodsworth/U of T and Seneca, Humber and George Brown Colleges. This program gives students the opportunity to begin their studies at one of the colleges and then complete them at U of T, earning both a liberal arts diploma and a university bachelor of arts degree in four years.
The College was founded in 1974 and its initial role was to provide an administrative home for a predominantly part-time student body in the Faculty of Arts and Science. It was named after J.S. Woodsworth who was an advocate for social justice, a Member of Parliament and a founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the forerunner of the NDP. Its first physical home was the Victorian house at 119 St. George Street once belonging to Alexander MacArthur. As its student population grew so did the demand for more space. In 1992 the award winning building, designed by KPMB Architects, was opened which provided much needed classrooms, study space and a cafe as well as the beautiful Peter F. Bronfman Courtyard.
In the fall of 2009, the beautifully renovated Kruger Hall Commons (formerly the Drill Hall) opened. The space provides study, meeting and social space for students and alumni.