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 370 technology startups that have raised more than $530 million in seed funding and fostered the creation of more than 3,500 jobs.

Ryerson’s downtown location near the Eaton Centre has obvious advantages, but one drawback is high rents, resulting in a large number of commuter students. 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.

“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: Learn to design, test, manufacture and maintain aircraft, spacecraft or land-and-water transport vehicles. The program offers design and research work through the school’s Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation, a paid co-op of up to 16 months, and specializations in management sciences and/or engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.
Biomedical Sciences: Provides theoretical and practical expertise as students research medically relevant concerns such as cancer and aging; location offers proximity to major hospitals and the biomedical industry.
Creative Industries: This interdisciplinary program teaches students how to apply both artistic knowledge and business skills to creative fields including film, broadcasting, theatre, music, publishing and fashion; it includes a work placement in fourth year.

Cool Courses
• Innovations in Black Music: Students explore beatboxing, scratching, sampling, remixing, turntables and other sonic innovations in black popular music.
• The Business of Cannabis: Introductory course covering the financing and complex regulations of the cannabis industry.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72-88% · Science: 72-90% · Commerce: 72-86% · Engineering: 90%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 26,890 · Part-time: 9,071
Graduates: Full-time: 2,332 · Part-time: 328
International Students: First-year: 6.1% ·
Graduate: 13.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Residence Spaces
1,414 (1,275 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $12,459 to $13,085 · Single room with meals: $13,930 to $15,668 · Apartment-style: $9,843 to $13,475

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