George Brown College: Maclean's College Profile

George Brown College

George Brown College | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1967


George Brown College

George Brown was a journalist and politician, founder of the Toronto Globe (today the Globe and Mail), and one of the Fathers of Confederation. George Brown College (GBC) has three main campuses in downtown Toronto, offering 142 full-time programs (including six degree programs) and 193 continuing education certificates/designations. GBC’s first student residence will open at the Waterfront campus in 2016.

GBC is a member of Polytechnics Canada. A polytechnic is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute. A polytechnic typically has close industry ties, emphasizes applied research and innovation, and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees.

GBC students have the advantage of learning in one of Canada’s industry hubs. Its curriculum is developed in consultation with its many industry partners, who also provide field placements and employment opportunities for graduates. Eighty per cent of programs offered at GBC have a field education component, a number set to increase to 100 by 2020.

Students have access to a number of specialized learning facilities designed to simulate a real-world work environment. These include a recreated hospital setting at the Simulation Centre and a working restaurant at the Chef’s House, where chef school and hospitality students practise their skills for the general public. The new Green Building Centre provides 9,000 sq. feet of facilities for applied research in sustainable construction.

The Young Centre for Performing Arts, home to the GBC theatre school, is a new theatre in the Distillery District built into 19th-century Victorian industrial buildings.

Several libraries, each stocked with material relevant to the programs at their respective campuses, are also available to GBC students.

Fall full-time enrolment Tuition (f/t degree) Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate) Students direct from high school Residence spaces
21,375 $7,210 - $9,416 $3,445 - $8,545 $3,410 - $6,337 40% 500 (to open September 2016)


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