The University of Toledo (UT) is one of thirteen public universities in the state of Ohio. It began as a private arts and trades school in 1872 and has grown into a comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to over 20,000 students from around the world. The University of Toledo joined the state’s university system in 1967.
The University of Toledo offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the following colleges: Adult and Lifelong Learning; Business and Innovation; Education, Health Science and Human Services; Engineering; Gateway Programs; Graduate Studies; Honors; Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences; Law; Medicine and Life Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Nursing; Online Learning; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts.
Several University of Toledo programs are nationally ranked, including business; engineering; law; and occupational therapy. The most popular majors according to U.S. News and World Report are business, health professions and related sciences, education, engineering, and interdisciplinary studies.
The University of Toledo Honors College exists to meet the needs of highly motivated and academically talented students. Having been established as an honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1963, it was one of the earliest honors programs at a state university. The Honors College offers UT students a challenging yet nurturing environment both inside and outside the classroom.
The University of Toledo’s Gateways Programs are unique advising programs that include the QUEST Program and the Transition Program. The QUEST Program helps students that are undecided on a college major as well as students that are preparing to transfer to UT with an undeclared major, while the Transition Program offers assistance to students that are working on pre-requisites to gain acceptance to the UT college of their choice.
The University of Toledo’s online program offers “access to excellence” from any distance, as long as a student has a computer and reliable internet access. UT’s online courses use the Blackboard online learning platform.
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Prospective University of Toledo students are encouraged to visit the campus in person or though a virtual tour on the school’s website. Campus preview days are also offered throughout the year, giving potential students and their families the opportunity to learn more about specific majors, attend information sessions regarding financial aid and scholarships, and learn their way around campus.
Students can apply for admission to the University of Toledo online or by filling out a paper application, which is available as a PDF on the school’s official website. In addition to completing the application, undergraduates must pay a non-refundable application fee and have official high school and/or college transcripts sent directly to UT. Standardized test scores (SAT / ACT) are required to be considered for scholarships and for unconditional admission.
Prospective graduate students must posess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a 2.7 cumulative GPA for all academic work. Once graduate applicants decide on a particular program of study, they must locate the proper application and apply online. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent directly to UT. Certain program requirements for graduate applicants are program-specific, and students are encouraged to consult the University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies for full details.
Interested students may also want to join the University of Toledo’s mailing list to receive important admissions information, or contact the Admissions Office directly to speak with an admissions officer.
The University of Toledo’s Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to helping students find ways to make a college education affordable for UT students and their families. The office offers a variety of services and programs to help students meet their educational expenses. During the 2010-11 school year, nearly 13,000 University of Toledo students received nearly $100 million in financial aid.
UT offers financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application to apply for financial aid. Students will receive an Award Notification Letter from UT through the mail. The letter, which notifies students which financial aid they are eligible for, must be completed and returned to the office.
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The University of Toledo is home to nine on-campus residence halls which offer a choice of traditional or suite-style living options. Traditional dorms offer shared bathrooms on each floor while suite-style living includes 2 or 3 bedrooms with a common living area and shared bathroom facilities. The residence halls offer high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable TV. Students also have the choice of a variety of dining options. Potential students interested in attending UT can take virtual tours of the residence halls on the official school website.
Clubs and Organizations
The University of Toledo is home to over 200 clubs and organizations, including campus ministries; choral groups, concert band; student government; student newspaper; a student television station; and fraternities and sororities.
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The University of Toledo sports teams are known as the Toledo Rockets. Their official colors are midnight blue and gold, and the teams compete in the mid-American Conference. The Rockets football team holds nine Mid-American Conference championships and the Toledo Crew team is also widely known, despite being a club team.
Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross Country, football, golf, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band performs pre-game shows and halftime shows at all home football games, and UT even has an official spirit crew known as Blue Crew that attends numerous athletic events throughout the year. Rocky the Rocket is the school’s official mascot.
Students that do not want to participate in intercollegiate sports still have the opportunity to stay fit and fight stress through a fun workout at the University of Toledo. Its student recreation center offers an indoor track, three pools, free weights, basketball courts, a golf simulator, rock climbing wall, and other various exercise equipment.
A three-day retreat known as Freshman Camp is a University of Toledo tradition that began in 1950. It is an informal introduction and orientation to college life, helping students make the transition from high school to college in a fun, nonthreatening social setting. Freshman Camp is sponsored by the University of Toledo YMCA and is available to all incoming freshmen during planned weekends in August prior to the fall semester.
The Dance Marathon is a pediatric cancer fundraising tradition that began at Penn State and has since been implemented at colleges and universities across the U.S. UT’s first Dance Marathon took place in 2002 and has evolved from a 12 hour affair to an overnight event. The 2010 University of Toledo Dance Marathon rose over $50,000 for charity.
Little Sibs Weekend and Parents and Family Day
Younger siblings of current University of Toledo students are invited to experience the life of a college student during Little Sibs weekend, and Parents and Family Day is a great way for parents to stay involved in their college-aged children’s lives by visiting the campus and attending various organized events and a Rockets football game.
Notable University of Toledo alumni include:
- Danny Thomas, Hollywood legend and founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
- Mel Long, NCAA Hall of Fame member
- Lance Moore, wide receiver for New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl XLIV winner
- Christi Paul, CNN Headline News anchor
- Jeff Johnson, Black Entertainment Television social commentator
- John B. Neff, named one of the 10 most influential investors of the 20th century by Barron’s magazine
Additional School Information
In 1961, the University of Toledo received a genuine rocket from the U.S. Army missile program. It was placed behind the north end goalpost where the Larimer Athletic Complex is currently located. The rocket was moved to its present-day location just outside the Glass Bowl during renovations in 1989-90. The rocket is pointed towards Bowling Green State University, the Toledo Rockets’ main football rivals.
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Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.