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Ryerson University

Ryerson University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1948

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 Digital Media Zone, opened in 2010 and has helped develop more than 300 technology start-ups that have raised over $390 million in seed funding and fostered the creation of more than 3,000 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 art 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 on Bay Street 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
• Biomedical Engineering: Trains students in new methods and devices to improve human health; downtown campus gives students proximity to several major hospitals.
• 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.
• Nutrition and Food: An integrated program that looks at food, health and communication theories, drawing on courses in science, social sciences and communications; accredited by the Dieticians of Canada.

Cool Courses:
• Human-Robot Interaction: A practical introduction to the design and construction of robotics systems created to operate remotely.
• Participatory Media and Communication: Analyzes how digital media can support social justice, decolonization and anti-racist work by examining queer/trans video games, social media and other platforms.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 83% to 86%
Arts: 73% to 85%
Science: 73% to 80%
Commerce: 73% to 84%
$7,163 Undergraduates: 34,004
Graduates: 2,515
855 (810 reserved for first years) Graduation: 72.3%
Retention: 88.8%

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