York University

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959

This profile appears in the 2020 Maclean’s University Guidebook. As part of a partnership with Maclean’s, York University has created and supplied additional photos and material as indicated below. York did not have editorial input into the wording of the profile itself.

Tuition and Housing Facts have been updated to reflect the 2020-21 academic year. 

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Located in what was once a remote corner of Toronto, York is now more connected to the city than ever with the 2017 opening of a new subway extension. There are now two subway stations located right on campus. York attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. With a student body numbering 55,000, it’s one of North America’s largest schools. Its campus is impressive, too: the five-storey Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence—nicknamed “the Cloud” due to its design—opened in 2015. As home to the Lassonde School of Engineering, it is designed to be student-centric: there are no lecture halls; classrooms are active learning labs. The Life Sciences Building and Osgoode Hall Law School are also state-of-the-art. “York University is precisely the type of progressive and engaged post-secondary educational institution needed in a 21st-century global knowledge economy,” says president Rhonda Lenton. “Its distinct identity and vision is to offer a diverse student population access to a high-quality, research-intensive university committed to the social, economic, cultural and other well-being of society.” Glendon, York’s bilingual liberal arts campus, offers small classes and is closer to downtown.

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Standout Programs
Global Health: In this program, students learn how factors such as trade and transportation, climate change, immigration, economics and human conflict interact to influence health and health care globally.
• Biophysics: This interdisciplinary honours program uses the principles and techniques of physics to study living things and how they work.
International Studies—Business: In this bilingual, dual-credential program, students spend two years at York’s Glendon campus taking international studies and two years in France at the EmLyon Business School.

Cool Courses
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy: This course provides students with an understanding of key renewable energy options for electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and transportation.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Artists: This course introduces the tools necessary to generate sustainable, revenue-generating careers in the arts. Objectives require students to develop a business model, initiate a peer-to-peer network, and create a long-term plan to activate the model.

$7,300 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 90% · Engineering: 80%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 43,040 · Part-time: 6,535
Graduates: Full-time: 4,499 · Part-time: 1,583
International Students: First-year: 17.1% · Graduate: 25.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Residence Spaces
2,427 (644 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: None offered for the 2020/21 academic year · Single room with meals: $10,657 – $14,500 · Double room without meals: None offered for the 2020/21 academic year · Single room without meals: $7,820 – $9,000

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Student learning in a life sciences lab at York University

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Students sitting at York University Library Commons

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