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York University

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959

The York University campus grounds in Toronto, ON. (Photograph by Cole Garside)

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 brand-new 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 about 51,000, 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
Civil Engineering: Offers core courses as well as training in emerging areas such as construction technology and climate-change-driven engineering; co-op option provides opportunities for practical experience.
Digital Media Game Arts: One of three specializations offered in the digital media program, game arts has students using code and programming to make their own video games. Explore new areas such as alt-gaming, urban games and virtual reality.
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
Law, Medicine and Madness: Learn about the intersection of law and psychiatry in Canada throughout the 20th century, and the professional and social issues that shaped this relationship.
• Global Health Practicum: Students get hands-on experience through an 11-week work placement in a chosen area, such as health policy, disease prevention or global e-health.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%
Arts: 75%
Science: 80%
Commerce: 90%
$7,566 1st & 2nd year: 79.4
3rd & 4th year: 31.1
Undergraduates: 46,496
Graduates: 5,922
4,157 (1,340 reserved for first years) Graduation: 73.2%
Retention: 84.8%

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