York University

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959

York University campus exterior

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 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 almost 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.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 90% · Engineering: 80%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 41,220 · Part-time: 6,350
Graduates: Full-time: 4,327 · Part-time: 1,564
International Students: First-year: 12% ·
Graduate: 22.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Residence Spaces
3,997 (1,286 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $9,043 to $10,723 · Single room with meals: $9,651 to $12,426 · Double room without meals: $7,192 to $7,504 · Single room without meals: $7,321 to $8,461 · Apartment-style: $7,136 to $13,112

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