York University

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959


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York’s students may complain about its location, which is so remote they have to take a bus from the subway station. But a new subway line under construction will make trips downtown or to Yorkdale Mall a lot more palatable. In the meantime, it attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. In fact, with a student body numbering 53,000, it’s one of North America’s largest schools. Its campus is impressive too: The five-storey Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence—nicknamed “the Cloud” due to its design—opened in 2015. As the new home to the Lassonde School of Engineering, it is designed to be student-centric: there are no lecture halls; classrooms are active learning labs. The Life Sciences Building and Osgoode Hall Law School are also state-of-the-art. “York is one of Canada’s most innovative research and teaching universities,” says president Mamdouh Shoukri. “With tremendous diversity in our population and programming, we are committed to pursuing academic excellence, community engagement and research that advances social and economic development.” Glendon, York’s bilingual liberal arts campus, offers small classes and is closer to downtown.

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Standout Programs
• Digital Media: Mixing arts and media with engineering, students use code and programming as tools for creative expression in forms such as immersive and 3D environments, interactive performance, data visualization, games and apps.
• Mathematical Biology: Students learn how to mine large and rich datasets, and help solve problems in fields like medicine, genomics and epidemiology. Graduates gain valuable skills in modeling, interpreting and visualizing real-world data.
• Cognitive Science: Combines knowledge from disciplines like computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology in the study of how humans understand the world around them, think and communicate.

Cool Courses
Life Beyond Earth: Study the possibility of extraterrestrial life from the conditions needed to foster new life to what would be needed for humans to live away from our home world.
• Retailing, Shopping, Society and Space: Learn about how and why consumers shop the way they do, especially in regards to physical space in retail locations.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%
Arts: 75%
Science: 80%
Commerce: 90%
$7,339 1st & 2nd year: 75.9
3rd & 4th year: 33.1
Full-time: 39,695
Part-time: 7,251
3,930 (1,340 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.3%
Retention: 84.8%

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