Ryerson University

Ryerson University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1948

Ryerson campus exterior

Ryerson University. (Mark Blinch/Ryerson University)

Ryerson’s polytechnic past means it has always offered degrees that lead to jobs, but the university’s innovation zones now help students create them. The school boasts 10 zones, including biomedical engineering, social innovation, science and urban energy. The original business incubator, the DMZ, opened in 2010 and has helped develop more than 430 technology start-ups that have raised more than $736 million in seed funding and fostered the creation of more than 3,500 jobs.

Ryerson’s downtown location means high rents, resulting in a large number of commuter students, 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. Students at the Ted Rogers School of Management benefit from proximity to the financial district. The new Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex offers simulated hospital settings for nursing students, demonstration kitchens for nutrition students and an advanced prototyping lab for design students.

“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
Nutrition and Food: Accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, this program offers advanced learning opportunities in dietetics, food security, gerontology and Aboriginal studies.
Accounting and Finance: After two years of common study, accounting students explore financial reporting, auditing, taxation and performance measurement while finance students focus on investments, risk management, corporate financial analysis and financial planning.
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.

Cool Courses
Fat Studies and Fat Activism: Students explore fat as an area of oppression, the discourse surrounding obesity and the need for fat activism.
Trans Studies and Communication: Students analyze trans communication in the workplace, in visual culture and in emerging media creation.

$7,012 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 72% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 90%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 27,511 · Part-time: 9,237
Graduates: Full-time: 2,404 · Part-time: 349
International Students: First-year: 7.8% · Graduate: 13.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,746 (1,570 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $12,970
to $13,624 · Single room with meals: $14,499 to $16,311 ·
Apartment-style: $10,273 to $13,650

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