In university, the profs you get either make or break your semester. In this article, we're going to focus only on UofT profs (at the St. George Campus) that succeed in the former - the ones that have a knack for taking dull and stressful subject matter and making it interesting.

These profs were chosen using RateMyProfessors.comOnly the profs that had a high overall rating (above 4.0) and a significant number of student ratings (above 100) were considered. Here are some of the best professors at UofT:


Scott Browning // Chemistry

Helpfulness 4.1 out of 5

Clarity 4.2 out of 5

Easiness 2.9 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5

Overall Grade: A-

Total Ratings: 216

According to his past students: Professor Browning is generally an amazing lecturer, a tough grader and tester, and an overall humorous teacher. His classes are not ones to skip because you probably won’t pass, but he is overall a very inspirational person.

Random testimonial: "Not the best course coordinator, but an amazing lecturer! He may seem weird the first lecture you have with him but as the semester passes by you'll notice the guy has soo much swag and he really knows his stuff. P.S Watch out for his puns! You may not get the joke but his laugh is really contagious.


Dan Dolderman // Psychology

Helpfulness 4.1 out of 5

Clarity 4.4 out of 5

Easiness 3.0 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5

Overall Grade: A-

Total Ratings: 161

According to his past students: Professor Dolderman's lectures are always interesting, even though they sometimes go on a little longer than they should. His assignments usually involve a lot of reading, and his classes definitely won't be easy to pass if you plan to skip on readings or class.

Random testimonial: "Easily one of the best professors at UofT - I'm surprised he doesn't get tired of teaching the same thing every semester - He REALLY loves his subject! Lectures were a lot of fun and kind of essential; tests were difficult but they were hilarious as well (hippy surfer dude mannnn). Study from the lectures and the textbook!"


Andrew (Andy) Dicks // Chemistry

Helpfulness 4.2 out of 5

Clarity 4.3 out of 5

Easiness 2.8 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5

Overall Grade: B+

Total Ratings: 147

According to his past students: Professor Dicks is highly respected and recommended by his students. Although his tests can be rather tough, he always gives good feedback and will take the time to clear any confusion you have about a certain topic in the subject material.

Random testimonial: "When I came into this course, I remember nothing from Grade 12 Chem. Dr. D made chem fun with his energy and enthusiasm. His pacing was good and he leaves some blanks in his power point slides so you actually have to take some notes."


Sean Uppal // Mathematics

Helpfulness 3.8 out of 5

Clarity 4.3 out of 5

Easiness 2.8 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.1 out of 5

Overall Grade: B+

Total Ratings: 163

According to his past students: Professor Uppal is definitely a tough grader, but you shouldn't let that intimidate you from taking his classes. For the most part, he genuinely cares about his students' success and does his part to make the learning experience bearable.

Random testimonial: "Best math prof I've had!! Lectures were clear, classes weren't boring, and office hours were helpful. He even allowed the whole class to re-do any test question of our choice when he felt like he might have been unfair on a question. He definitely made classes very enjoyable."


Anthony Lam // Mathematics

Helpfulness 4.5 out of 5

Clarity 4.6 out of 5

Easiness 3.3 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5

Overall Grade: A

Total Ratings: 163

According to his past students: Professor Lam's quirky sense of humour makes lectures so much more fun. Although he is a tough grader, he makes sure his students understand his grading criteria clearly so that they are prepared for anything he throws at them.

Random testimonial: "Professor Lam is pretty much a Math God sent from heaven. He makes calculus easy to understand and writes crystal clear notes in lecture. He has a quirky personality which always seem to lighten up the mood in class. By far, he's my favorite prof at UofT. I'd trade my kidney for a brain like his."


James Pesando // Economics

Helpfulness 4.3 out of 5

Clarity 4.6 out of 5

Easiness 3.0 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5

Overall Grade: A

Total Ratings: 141

According to his past students: Professor Pesando's classes are definitely one's you do not want to skip. His tests can be extremely difficult, but in the end his classes are always worth it. His passion for Economics is one to be deeply admired.

Random testimonial: "Prof. Pesando takes the time to ensure clarity in his lectures, gives many examples. There is a lot of information to grasp in ECO100. Tests are seldom, but hard. Assignments are not graded, but if you don't do them, you won't understand the material."


Nick Mount // English

Helpfulness 4.5 out of 5

Clarity 4.7 out of 5

Easiness 3.2 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5

Overall Grade: A

Total Ratings: 122

According to his past students: Professor Mount's lectures are always insightful and inspirational. His passion for English is clear, and he always gives great advice to his students on how they can improve on their writing.

Random testimonial: "Nick Mount is by far the most inspiring human being I have ever come across. I was left in tears by the end of most lectures, and it was very clear that he cared very much for his students and his jobs. Even if you aren't into English, I would highly suggest any of his classes. It's an amazing life experience to be taught by this man."


Parham Aarabi // Electrical Engineering

Helpfulness 4.3 out of 5

Clarity 4.3 out of 5

Easiness 3.2 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5

Overall Grade: A+

Total Ratings: 122

According to his past students: Professor Parham takes the confusing subject matter in Electrical Engineering and makes it easy to understand. He is perhaps one of the classiest professors at UofT.

Random testimonial: "Amazing prof. Really puts the class in UofT. Absolutely clear explanation of concepts. Inspired me into taking Signals further on."


Kenneth Bartlett // History

Helpfulness 4.0 out of 5

Clarity 4.3 out of 5

Easiness 3.2 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5

Overall Grade: B

Total Ratings: 133

According to his past students: Professor Bartlett assigns a lot of reading, but there's always a good purpose for them. He doesn't give too many tests, but you'll still want to go to class because his lectures are always entertaining.

Random testimonial: "What a funny professor! His lecture content is huge and may be a little hard to understand given how fast he talks and how much he has to say, but he is a truly inspirational professor. He often cracks sarcastic jokes in lecture, and is the most knowledgeable professor I've seen."


Marcel Danesi // Anthropology

Helpfulness 4.0 out of 5

Clarity 4.1 out of 5

Easiness 4.3 out of 5

Overall Rating 4.0 out of 5

Overall Grade: A

Total Ratings: 157

According to his past students: Professor Danesi's classes are the type you'll want to take a second time. His lectures are always fun, and you're bound to learn something interesting that you've never knew about before.

Random testimonial: "Amazing person, amazing lecturer, brilliant mind. Sees validity in everything - no need for disciplinary language as he's a truly clear mind and can see the crux of your argument. Brilliant educator."


Do you agree with this list? Who do you consider your favourite profs at UofT? Leave a comment below!

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