New One students with Food Matters instructor Lori Stahlbrand. (Photo by Camelia Linta)

New One students with Food Matters instructor Lori Stahlbrand. (Photo by Camelia Linta)



All newly admitted first-year, full-time students in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George campus are eligible to apply to New One.

New One welcomes students from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, architecture and commerce, and from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. High school grades will not be a criterion for admission. The best qualifications for Learning without Borders are a curiosity about everyday life, an interest in community engagement and a readiness to explore different ways of learning that make sense of your own experience.

Students interested in New One might also consider choosing New College as their home college. New One can connect students to many other activities, groups, programs and initiatives in New College. One aim of the program is to help first-year students find a home on campus, explore opportunities for getting involved in campus and community life, and build networks of friendship and support.

Students who accept admission to another College One program cannot also be part of New One.

Why Apply to New One?  What’s in it For You?

New One offers you the opportunity to:

    • learn and think more deeply about social issues that affect us all, in different ways, around the globe;
    • hold exciting conversations with your professors, community and student leaders about how to work toward a more just and equitable world;
    • get to know more about Toronto’s community-based and nonprofit organisations that are working in the fields you are studying;
    • explore and develop your own ideas in a close and comfortable working relationship with your professors and co-students;
    • develop your writing and communication skills in ways that will benefit your academic career and future work life;
    • develop your critical thinking and research skills, and explore creative ways of presenting your knowledge to build your capacity for overall academic success;
    • challenge yourself to grow, intellectually and socially;
    • meet and make friends with students who share your broad interests and your desire to make the most of your first year at university.

How Do I Apply to New One?

Consider the topics of the New One: Learning with Borders Program and chose one course for the first term and one course for the second.

Students who apply before May 15 will be informed as to whether or not they have been offered a place in the program no later than June 1. You must return to the application webpage to accept the offer by the date sent to you. After that date, the offer will expire. If you miss accepting the offer by the date given, you can send an email to to request an extension. After May 15th, the program will continue to make offers on a first come-first served basis. Please accept (or decline) your offer as soon as possible to secure your place or make it available for another applicant.

It’s best to apply early to improve your chances of receiving an offer of a place in the program. However, if there is still space in the program applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the summer months, until the New One courses are full.

If you want to enquire about available space or have any other questions about the application process, please email

At the time of application, you will need your U of T applicant number, which is provided to you when your application to U of T is confirmed.

Apply here!