York University

York University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1959

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Located in what was once a remote corner of Toronto, York is now well connected to the city with the opening of two subway stations right on campus. With a student body numbering almost 56,000, it’s one of North America’s largest schools. York attracts students to its renowned programs in business, law, science and fine arts. Its 11 faculties, including the newly created faculty of environmental and urban change, offer nearly 6,000 courses, and there are more than 350 student clubs and organizations. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the York University community has continued to lead innovative scholarship, research and teaching practices to ensure that our students have the high-quality learning experience that they expect from us, and to strengthen our impact by driving positive change in our local communities and around the world,” says president Rhonda Lenton. The campus continues to expand. In 2019, the Schulich School of Business opened a new graduate research building. Its distinctive design makes it one of the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America. A new School of Continuing Studies building, slated to open this year, aims for a net-zero emission standard while creating much-needed classroom space. Meanwhile, a major renovation to York Lions Stadium is transforming the existing structure for year-round, multi-purpose use. Glendon, York’s bilingual liberal arts campus, offers small classes and is closer to downtown.

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Standout Programs
Environmental Arts and Justice: Students in this interdisciplinary program learn to use critical thinking, creativity and hands-on community engagement to address global environmental challenges.
• Dev Degree: Students earn a computer science degree while embedded in development teams at Shopify through paid internships. Shopify also pays students’ tuition for the full four-year program.
• Disaster and Emergency Management: Students hone professional skills, concepts and methods to prepare for careers in emergency preparedness, public safety and consultancy work.

Cool Courses
Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) Language and Culture: Learn the language while drawing on Indigenous world views and inter-civilizational perspectives.
Anatomy of the Feature Film: Students investigate the creative, technical and financial aspects of feature filmmaking.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,300
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
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,427 (3,993 last year with 1,391 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,657 to $14,500 · Single room without meals: $7,820 to $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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