Ryerson University

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Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community. Guided by a bold new Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a recently-completed Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Ryerson is now the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise.

In just a few years since the introduction of its first master’s program, Ryerson has grown to host 2,000 graduate students in 34 programs, including nine at the doctoral level. The University now ranks third in Canada – and first in Ontario – in terms of research growth.

Ryerson is reshaping the downtown core of Toronto with two new buildings: a Photography Gallery and Research Centre in the heart of campus, and a Student Learning Centre on the site of the iconic Sam the Record Man property on Yonge Street, in the heart of the city.

Since 1948, Ryerson has built its reputation on the strength of its academic curriculum, and offers close to 100 PhD, master’s, and undergraduate programs, with a total enrollment of 25,000 and more than 65,000 registrations annually in The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Student Housing

Most people think of residence as a place close to class to live during their first year of university life. We’d have to disagree. Living in residence is so much more than a convenient place to sleep for the night. Residence is your chance to flourish within a community, the Ryerson community.

Whether this is your first time away from home or another step on your educational career path, the opportunities for you in residence are endless. Student Housing Services can connect you with people in your community through social and academic events. There are activities and programs designed to help you discover more about yourself and the culture of your peers. We’ll work with you to find your most successful path through your academic studies. Ryerson and residence give you loads to explore.

Ryerson has 840 beds in three residences on campus: The International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC), O’Keefe House (OKH), and Pitman Hall (PIT). To find out more about the specific buildings and the room styles offered in that residence check them out by name:

Sports and Recreation

The Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) at Ryerson University is simply the best supervised Fitness Centre in Metro! RAC is designed to meet all of your fitness needs – get started now on your road to a new lifestyle!

  • An extensive 50′×80′ supervised fitness centre with free weights and weight machines
  • A large Cardio room with treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles recumbent bikes, rowing machines and steppers
  • A three lane 160 yard banked indoor running track
  • Two sprung hardwood floor dance studios
  • 4 international squash courts
  • 6 sprung hardwood floor gymnasiums
  • A 25 yard pool
  • Spacious women’s and men’s changerooms each with saunas
  • AND a fabulous staff ready to help YOU!

Want a little taste of what the RAC can offer? Take a look around our virtual tour. (QuicktimeVR required.)

Student Services

The Learning Success Centre, a unit within Student Services, is dedicated to helping students reach their academic potential by providing professional resources that develop sound learning strategies which address the primary challenges students face in an academic environment.

In addition to working directly with students, staff at the Learning Success Centre welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with university faculty on issues related to learning and student success.

International Services for Student (ISS) provides support services for registered international students and promotes international awareness to the Ryerson community.  As the Centre for the non-immigrant community at Ryerson, International Services for Students (ISS) is crucial to support all international students, as well as international scholars through specialized services and promotion of international awareness at Ryerson.

The Writing Centre offers a variety of services ranging from one-on-one tutorial sessions to in-class presentations and specialized workshops on APA and MLA formats, essay writing skills and plagiarism seminar. Whether you have a just a quick question or a major issue with your assignment, the Writing Centre can help you at any stage of the writing process provided you give yourself enough time before the deadline!


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