York

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959

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Located in what was once a remote corner of Toronto, York is now well connected to the city with the opening of two subway stations right on campus. With a student body numbering almost 56,000, it’s one of North America’s largest schools. York attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. Its 11 faculties, including the newly created faculty of environmental and urban change, offer nearly 6,000 courses, and there are more than 350 student clubs and organizations.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the York University community has continued to lead innovative scholarship, research and teaching practices to ensure that our students have the high-quality learning experience that they expect from us, and to strengthen our impact by driving positive change in our local communities and around the world,” says president Rhonda Lenton.

The campus continues to expand. In 2019, the Schulich School of Business opened a new graduate research building. Its distinctive design makes it one of the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America. A new School of Continuing Studies building, slated to open this year, aims for a net-zero emission standard while creating much-needed classroom space. Meanwhile, a major renovation to York Lions Stadium, including a new field and a seasonal dome, has transformed the existing structure for year-round, multi-purpose use. Glendon, York’s bilingual liberal arts campus, offers small classes and is closer to downtown.

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Standout Programs
Earth & Atmospheric Science: Students in the space science stream learn about planetary space environments and instrument design from professors involved in international space projects.
• Indigenous Studies: Examine theories developed by Indigenous scholars, Elder teachings and ceremonies, with a focus on treaty rights and relationships.
• French as a Second Language: This teacher education program, offered at the Glendon campus, includes a practicum in French as a second-language program in anglophone school boards.

Cool Courses
Computational Thinking Through Mechatronics: Designed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this programming course features equipment that students can use at home.
Anatomy of the Feature Film: Students investigate the creative, technical and financial aspects of feature filmmaking.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,385
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 90% · Engineering: 80%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 42,850 · Part-time: 6,692
Graduates: Full-time: 4,602 · Part-time: 1,681
International Students: First-year: 15.2% · Graduate: 25.5%
Male-female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 3,099 (1,025 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room: $7,512 · Single room with meals: $11,512 to $13,012 · Apartment-style: $5,652 to $11,832

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