York University

York University

York University is now Canada’s third largest university, world-renowned for attracting students who forge their own unique paths. That’s because York offers an unparalleled academic experience. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to study their subjects from many different angles simultaneously and allows them to combine majors in completely different fields.

This approach expands the horizons of our students, providing them with a broad perspective of the world that opens up new ways of thinking. And our research tackles challenges by taking a uniquely interdisciplinary approach that results in real-world solutions.

York offers full and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs to over 50,000 students in faculties. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is Ontario’s second largest graduate school, offering both traditional and non-traditional interdisciplinary areas of study.

On July 1, 2009, York University launched the new Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), combining the strengths of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Arts. LA&PS provides the most comprehensive range of interdisciplinary academic programs and researchers in social sciences, humanities and related professional programs in Canada. Glendon offers a unique bilingual educational experience.

On July 1, 2009, York University launched the new Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), combining the strengths of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Arts.

York’s Faculty of Education offers students more teaching experience than any other education program in Ontario. The Faculty of Environmental Studies is celebrated for the best individualized, interdisciplinary masters program in the world. The Faculty of Fine Arts is the only one of its kind in Ontario and one of the most renowned in North America. Our Faculty of Health is a centre of innovation, compassion and impact in health studies. York’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada’s largest law school, is also among the most respected.

The Schulich School of Business is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world. York University Libraries are active participants in pilot projects, consortia initiatives and collaborative endeavors to place York University Libraries on the leading edge in supporting our researchers and students.

York at the Forefront

York’s reputation for spearheading innovation is well-deserved: a hothouse of new thinking, pioneering academics and revolutionary research.

  • Schulich School of Business ranks among the top business schools in the world. Its MBA ranks #1 in Canada and its executive programs are #1 in the world.
  • Osgoode Hall is Canada’s #1 ranking and largest common-law law school.
  • The University has one of the largest concentration of professional humanists and social scientists in Canada.
  • 91 per cent of our faculty have the highest educational qualification in their field.
  • York is the Canadian university on the NASA/Stanford theory of relativity experiment.
  • Researchers at York in fields from Space Science, Engineering and Atmospheric Chemistry make York Canada’s lead university for the NASA 2007 Phoenix Mission to Mars.
  • York has Canada’s only degree of its kind in atmospheric chemistry, and the only space engineering program in Canada.
  • York’s Faculty of Fine Arts is the first and largest comprehensive faculty in Canada. Home of the Accolade project – our visionary new academic and fine arts building.
  • York offers the only MBA/MFA/MA joint program – between Schulich and the Faculty of Fine Arts
  • York’s Computer Science and Engineering Building has garnered ‘green’ architectural awards from around the world.
  • York and Timothy’s World Coffee have joined forces to sell York’s own brand of certified, sustainable coffee, Las Nubes, in 140 Timothy’s World Coffee locations across Canada.

Student Support

Services for students at York go beyond the ordinary to provide an uncommon level of help, guidance and information:

  • Aboriginal Counsellor
  • Academic advising in every Faculty
  • Bookstores
  • Career Services
  • Centre for Human Rights
  • Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development
  • Counselling (Atkinson Counselling & Supervision Centre and Counselling & Development Centre)
  • Daycare (York University Cooperative Daycare Centre & The Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre)
  • English as a Second Language Open Learning Centre
  • Foundations Computer Assistance Program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • International students, student exchanges and studies abroad (York International)
  • Learning skills workshops
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Off-Campus Housing Service
  • Office for Persons with Disabilities
  • Offices of Student Community Development, Student Financial Services, Registrar
  • Office of the Ombudsperson
  • Ontario March of Dimes Independent Living Assistance Program
  • Scott Religious Centre
  • Student governments and college councils
  • York Student Centre
  • York Women’s Centre.

Student Life

From theatres and art galleries, clubs and student programs, to restaurants and pubs, sport and student government – we’ve got it all. Our incredible range of extracurricular activities will help you meet people, have fun and develop life skills and attitudes you need to forge your own unique path to success.

The intellectual, cultural and social life at York is one of the richest in Canada:

  • Approximately 240 student clubs and organizations
  • Sport York offers 29 interuniversity sport teams, 12 sport clubs, 35 intramural sport leagues, special events and 10 pick-up sport activities offered daily
  • Student publications including the weekly newspaper, Excalibur, and the bi-weekly bilingual newspaper, Pro Tem
  • Student broadcast outlets including Radio York, CHRY 105.5FM, and Radio Glendon, CKRG 800AM
  • The Art Gallery of York University devotes itself to exhibitions of the most challenging forms and issues of contemporary art and the Glendon Gallery, the only fully bilingual gallery in Toronto, emphasizes francophone artistic expression
  • The Student Centre houses over 60 student clubs and services including the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre, a food court, art gallery, travel agent, student lounges and The Underground restaurant/club.

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