Ryerson University

Ryerson University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1948

Ryerson campus exterior

Ryerson University. (Mark Blinch/Ryerson University)

Ryerson, once a polytechnical institute, has always offered degrees that lead to jobs, but the university’s innovative incubator zones now help students create them. The school boasts 10 zones, covering industries from biomedical engineering to social innovation and clean tech. The incubators have helped develop more than 3,500 start-ups, created over 4,000 jobs and raised more than $750 million in funding. Meanwhile, the original business incubator, the DMZ, has supported both regional and international programs from Japan to South Africa and India.

Ryerson’s downtown location entails high rents, which encourage many students to commute, but the Student Learning Centre, the Mattamy Athletic Centre, cafés and the Ryerson Image Centre 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. The new Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex offers simulated hospital settings for nursing students, features a green roof run by the Ryerson Urban Farm and houses a new 332-room student residence.

Last year, Ryerson launched its new faculty of law offering a three-year program that includes a semester-long professional placement. “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
Aerospace Engineering: Students explore the development and maintenance of an aircraft, spacecraft or land-and-water vehicle and can get up to 16 months of co-op and specialization in management sciences.
Biomedical Sciences: Students receive theoretical and practical expertise as they research relevant concerns such as cancer and aging. The location is close to major hospitals and the biomedical industry.
Creative Industries: Students prepare for leadership roles in entertainment, media, design and communication while gaining practical skills through internships.

Cool Courses
Reporting on Race: The Black Community in the Media: Follow the history of Black Canadians and examine how dominant narratives can shape systemic injustice.
eSports Production: Explore topics from game development to online communities and culture to understand the industry of eSports and its role in globalization.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72-88% · Science: 72-90% · Commerce: 72-86% · Engineering: 88-90%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 27,613 · Part-time: 9,962
Graduates: Full-time: 2,573 · Part-time: 353
International Students: First-year: 7.8% · Graduate: 15.6%
Male-female Ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 590 (1,746 last year with 1,570 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $14,927 to $16,796 · Apartment-style: $9,809 to $12,602

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