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When my friends at home ask my advice about studying in America, I tell them about The University of Toledo, about my professors and their great backgrounds and research. My math classes aren’t easy, but my professors make hard things easy to understand. They are friendly and give me lots of help. I’m a traveler and want to meet people from different countries and cultures. At UToledo, I have met people from all over – Japan, Korea, America, Europe. People are welcoming and friendly."
Chao Zhou
Class of 2021, mathematics with a concentration in statistics | Kun Ming, China
The only:

accredited recreation therapy program in Ohio

undergrad program in cosmetic science and formulation in the U.S.

The first:

disability studies bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the U.S.

Points of Pride
  • UToledo adapts to stay on top of current trends in the global job market. We offer research opportunities and academic programs in emerging fields such as data science, solar energy, sustainable technologies, cell architecture, precision medicine, mechatronics, safe drinking water and so much more.
  • Our paralegal studies program is a national demonstration program — one of the only programs in the U.S. to be approved by the American Bar Association.
  • Our College of Engineering is one of only eight in the U.S. to require co-ops. The co-op program placed more than 1700 students in 48 states and 44 countries in 2019, and is listed as one of the best in the world by the World Association of Cooperative Education.
  • Our College of Business and Innovation is one of only 5% of business colleges around the world to receive accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Our professional sales program has been named one of the best in the U.S. It is one of just five accredited programs in the country.
  • UToledo’s world-class Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong, externally funded research program. UToledo is a member of the prestigious Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Our internationally recognized astronomers and astrophysicists are involved in major NASA missions. They partner with researchers at leading observatories around the world and are known for their encouragement of undergraduate research.
  • For graduates of UToledo's College of Health and Human Services, the pass rate on licensing and certification exams exceeded 98% across all programs in 2019.

"What are you studying?"

UToledo has more than 300 academic programs and is one of a very few universities in the U.S. that offers degree programs in all seven professional fields — business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Are You Curious About...
  • The Arts?
  • Teaching?
  • Other Languages and Cultures?
  • Science and Math?
  • A Career in Business?
  • Tinkering with Technology and Solving Engineering Problems?
  • Media and Communications?
  • Helping People and Improving Healthcare?
  • How Medicines are Made or What a Pharmacist Does?

It’s OK. You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life right now. This is the time to explore — and you can do that and still graduate in four years. Leaning toward a certain major? Enroll and take required general courses while you check out all your options. Don’t have a clue? Don’t let it stop you. UToledo’s University College offers the QUEST program for undecided students. You can take up to three semesters to choose a major. We offer success coaches, academic advisors and course work to help you figure it all out.

I'm Ready for More
Academic Challenges
Hands-On Research
Pre-Professional Programs
The Honors College has provided me with supportive faculty and an atmosphere of highly motivated students who want to do more than just pass their courses. It also has offered me countless opportunities for social impact, positive influence and personal creativity.”
Eanas Abutaha
Class of 2020, biology/pre-dental major and member of the Jesup Scott Honors College | Toledo, Ohio
What It Means to be an Honors Student
Honors mission trip to Nicaragua

"My sophomore year, I made a difference halfway around the world — using only a toothbrush. The trip to Nicaragua opened my eyes to the harsh realities of living in a country with no access to basic healthcare. Some of the kids I met on the mission didn’t even know what a toothbrush was!”

Research opportunities

“I was looking for research opportunities related to oral health and dentistry — part of my goal of becoming a dentist. I have been able to perform research alongside Dr. Heather Conti, who is investigating gene expression in the oral side effects of cancer radiation treatments for the head and neck.”

Eanas started her research as a freshman. She has spent >500 hours in the lab and received a stipend to conduct her research.



Other benefits of the Honors College:
  • Priority registration
  • Honors-only housing and scholarships
  • Small, discussion-based classes
  • A focus on experiential education – service learning, research, study abroad
  • Events, field trips, lecture series and other programming
  • Success coaches
  • Honors seminars
My professor encouraged me to do research. I was fired up that there was someone who gave me an opportunity. I am investigating how mobile technologies — such as smartphones and apps — can be used as tools for those learning Japanese. I’m going back to Japan this summer to collect data. In the fall, I'll work on generating a publication from my research.”
Deidra Buenger
Class of 2020, English and Asian Studies dual major with a minor in Japanese | Holland, Ohio
SUPPORT FOR STUDENT RESEARCH
Faculty mentors

“Consistently and without fail, my teachers have gone above and beyond to help me succeed. They got me out of my comfort zone and gave me opportunities I didn’t know existed. What’s special at UToledo is you can be comfortable communicating with your professors. They give kind support, but they also give critical feedback so we can improve. They’re willing to push us to be more than we thought we could.”



Financial support

Deidra spent her junior year studying at one of the top six universities in Tokyo. Her merit scholarships helped finance her time abroad. Last year, she won $2,000 with her first-place finish in a Japanese speech competition. She combined that with a $3,000 grant from UToledo’s Office of Undergraduate Research to fund her summer research. She also works in the Learning Enhancement Center during the school year to help pay tuition.

UToledo provided me with all the courses, resources and extracurriculars to make me a strong candidate for med school. As a pre-med student, I met professors who later wrote me recommendations. I got emails about pre-med events and met people who could guide me about what I was supposed to do. Being a biology major with a lot of other pre-meds allowed us to exchange ideas and learn from each other.”
Jessy Monteiro
Class of 2019, biology major with minors in chemistry and forensic science | Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
BEEF UP YOUR APPLICATION TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
Hands-on experience.

“The Minority Association of Premedical Students was my favorite organization. I met people who have a common goal. I was able to build my resume and network. I attended a conference in Philadelphia. I spoke to people on admissions committees about what we need to do to get into med school.”

“We don’t have a lot of extracurricular activities in my country. You just study and go to class. But we need to focus on other things, too, to accomplish our future goals, things you don’t get in the classrooms. My involvement with the International Students Association, African People’s Association and other organizations allowed me to work on interpersonal skills valuable to every profession. Learning doesn’t occur just in the classroom. So I encourage everyone to get involved.”

Jessy completed an internship at the Toledo coroner’s office while she was an undergrad and watched an autopsy. She is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at UToledo before she applies to medical school at other universities. (UToledo and other public universities in the U.S. do not accept international medical students.)



Want to become a doctor, vet, attorney, dentist or pharmacist? Apply as a pre-med, pre-law or pre-pharmacy student. At UToledo, we call these pre-professional career tracks, not majors. These programs offer excellent advising and preparation.

  • Choose any major you like if you want to be a pre-law or pre-med student. Pre-pharmacy students must choose one of the pharmacy majors when they apply.
  • Save time and money with our accelerated and pipeline programs.
  • Benefit from top-notch advisors. We know what it takes to get you into the professional school of your choice because we have medical, law and pharmacy schools. If you want to be a pre-med student, contact our Pre-Health Advising Center. Staff can offer advice on how to apply and what we offer.
  • Build your resume with our research, professional development and volunteer opportunities. It pays to have the resources of a large, public university.
  • Use the latest tools — state-of-the-art labs, simulations centers and mock courtrooms.

Shaping Success

We want you to succeed and are here to support you every step of the way. Speak to any UToledo international student and they’ll tell you that the staff in our Center for International Studies and Programs become mentors and friends. They’re willing to answer any question, personal or school-related.

Our students also receive academic support from:

  • Learning Enhancement Center
    Free tutoring, study sessions and workshops on study skills
  • Writing Center
    Free help for organizing and writing papers


I was 15 when I came to UToledo. Tracey Hidalgo and the others in the international office treated me like family. I didn’t know anything. I had never handled a debit card. Everything was new. My first online assignment freaked me out. I wasn’t sure how to navigate it. I missed the deadline, but the professor understood. Every time I’ve asked for help, my professors and the international office have been willing to help. They helped me find my ground.”
Joan Onwunma
Class of 2019, biochemistry and pre-med; master's in biochemistry 2021 | Lagos, Nigeria
Supportive, Involved Faculty Members
and Advisors = Student Success

Don't take our word for how awesome our professors are. Hear it firsthand from our students who nominated faculty for outstanding teacher awards.

Dr. Todd Crail
Environmental Sciences

“I have yet to meet any professor as engaging and passionate about the environment as Dr. Crail. He has a distinct voice and motivation in what he teaches. If you want a better world, a better environment, then you have to act upon it. Dr. Crail encourages students’ critical thinking, he supports the curious mind, and he makes time for his students.”

Dr. Ruslan Slutsky
Education

“He is always willing to give extra help, and he goes out of his way to provide students with learning experiences outside the classroom — research opportunities, conferences, etc. His lectures are thought-provoking and stimulate deep discussions.”

Dr. Jillian Bornak
Physics and Astronomy

“She brought her enthusiasm for science into the classroom when we were all tired and drained. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and her energy made it easy to show up to every class.”

Dr. Patricia Sopko
Nursing

“I was failing my pathopharmocology class despite hours of studying. I approached Dr. Sopko to help me understand what I was doing wrong. She in no way looked down on me or intimidated me. She not only clarified what I was doing wrong, she also made sure I was properly preparing for the final exam. She helped me improve my critical-thinking abilities.”

Last Updated: 9/15/20