Ryerson’s polytechnic past means it has always offered degrees that lead to jobs, but the university’s innovation zones help students create them. The school now boasts more than 10, including fashion, biomedical engineering, media and social innovation. The original business incubator, the Digital Media Zone, opened in 2010 and has supported more than 225 start-ups. Former president Sheldon Levy, who launched the DMZ, is now Ontario’s deputy minister of training, colleges and universities; his successor is expected to be named by summer.
In the past 10 years Ryerson has expanded its research, and there are now nearly 50 professional and graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Its downtown location near the Eaton Centre has obvious advantages, but one drawback is high rents; many students must commute. The new Student Learning Centre, which opened on the site of the old Sam the Record Man store in February 2015, offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, as do the Mattamy Athletic Centre—formerly Maple Leaf Gardens—the art gallery at the Ryerson Image Centre, and Gould Street, which has been closed to cars since 2010.
• Sports Media: The first of its kind in North America, this program teaches students how to excel in presenting and managing sports entertainment by looking at the creative, production, marketing and business sides of professional sports.
• Biomedical Sciences: This four-year bachelor of science degree focuses on cellular and molecular science, helping students understand how the body works and preparing graduates for research into illnesses.
• Interior Design: Students create more functional, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally friendly interior environments. This process includes everything from choosing lighting fixtures to the overall shape and form of space.
• Politics and Film: Students critique films with various political perspectives to examine how films reflect society and discuss how they can reinforce or debunk social stereotypes.
• Zap, Pow, Bang: Popular Literature: This course features horror stories, pop songs, and love poetry in different cultures at different times and analyzes how they were influenced by politics and society.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 83% to 85%
Arts: 73% to 85%
Science: 73% to 80%
Commerce: 70% to 84%
|$7,026||Not provided||Full-time: 23,463
|855 (810 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 68%