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 is set to open soon, making trips downtown easier. York attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. With a student body numbering almost 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 Mamdouh Shoukri, who is wrapping up 10 years as president. “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

Disaster and Emergency Management: Learn about disasters, such as floods and terrorist attacks, as well as prevention tactics and response and recovery techniques; provides experiential learning opportunities.

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.

Integrated Science: A cross-disciplinary approach allows for studies in physics, math, biology and chemistry; students benefit from one-on-one advising, peer mentors and hands-on scientific collaboration.

Cool Courses

Access to Justice and Innovation: Get familiar with the barriers that some Canadians face when accessing our country’s justice system. Learn what innovative methods are being used to solve this critical problem.

Globalization of Indigenous Peoples: This experiential learning course sends students to Costa Rica, where they learn about imperialism, colonialism and legacies of racism from Indigenous communities.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%
Arts: 75%
Science: 80%
Commerce: 90%
$7,566 1st & 2nd year: 79.4
3rd & 4th year: 31.1
Undergraduates: 46,496
Graduates: 5,922
4,157 (1,340 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.2%
Retention: 84.8%

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