Ryerson University

Ryerson University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1948

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2009 - Campus life at Ryerson University. 2nd year apparel design students working with sewing patterns.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2009 – Campus life at Ryerson University. 2nd year apparel design students working with sewing patterns.

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 10 zones, including biomedical engineering, social innovation, science and urban energy. The original business incubator, the Digital Media Zone, opened in 2010 and has launched more than 265 start-ups, raised over $280 million in seed funding and fostered the creation of more than 2,560 jobs. Ryerson’s downtown location near the Eaton Centre has obvious advantages, but one drawback is high rents; many students must commute. The Student Learning Centre, the Mattamy Athletic Centre, cafés and the Ryerson Image Centre art gallery entice students to stay after class. Respite from the city bustle can be found at Lake Devo, a man-made pond that serves as an ice rink in winter, or on Gould Street, closed to cars since 2010. Students at the Ted Rogers School of Management on Bay Street benefit from proximity to the financial district. “We are redefining the learning experience by exploring bold ideas and transforming them into opportunities,” says president Mohamed Lachemi. “Ryerson students get real-world experience and create the impact they want to see in the world.”

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Standout Programs

Sports Media: 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.

Creative Industries: This interdisciplinary program teaches students how to apply both artistic knowledge and business skills to creative fields, including film, broadcasting, theatre, music, publishing and fashion; it includes a work placement in fourth year.

Business Technology Management: Students learn how to solve business problems and develop strategies using the latest information and communication technologies; the program offers co-op, international exchanges, computer labs and case studies.

Cool Courses

Biology Facts in Pop Media Sci-Fiction: Explore the real science and technology behind what’s portrayed in popular media, including movies, TV, the Internet and print.

Research and Analytics in Social Media: Use tools to follow conversations across digital platforms and make conclusions in a retail context; topics include studying networks, analyzing comments and ethics.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 83% to 86%
Arts: 73% to 85%
Science: 73% to 80%
Commerce: 73% to 84%
$7,163 Undergraduates: 34,004
Graduates: 2,515
855 (810 reserved for first years) Graduation: 72.3%
Retention: 88.8%

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