York University

Founded 1959 | Toronto, ON

This profile appears in the 2023 Maclean’s University Guidebook. As part of a partnership with Maclean’s, York University has created and supplied additional photos and material as indicated below. York did not have editorial input into the wording of the profile itself.

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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 55,000, 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 faculty of environmental and urban change, offer nearly 5,400 courses, and there are more than 350 student clubs and organizations.

“The York University community continues 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 major renovation to York Lions Stadium, including a new field and a seasonal dome, has transformed the existing structure for year-round, multi-purpose use. Last year, the new School of Continuing Studies building opened, providing much-needed classroom space. Its design aims to meet net-zero emission standards. Glendon, York’s bilingual liberal arts campus, offers small classes and is closer to downtown.

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Standout Programs

• Cinema and Media Arts: This program offers theoretical and hands-on training with access to top facilities and opportunities for field placements. Students can focus their studies in one of four areas, including production or screenwriting.

• Translation Studies: Students learn at least two languages as they prepare for diverse careers in a growing field. The program features small classes and internships in the public and private sector.

• Environmental Science: This program, offered in two streams, provides a solid foundation in science, as well as research and practical experience in the field and in the lab.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 75% | Science: 80% | Commerce: 90% | Engineering: 80%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 41,667 | Part-time: 6,609

Graduates: Full-time: 4,668 | Part-time: 1,778

International Students: First-year: 13.2% | Graduate: 28.8%

Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 3,837 (1,820 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room: $7,154 to $7,418

Single room: $7,321 to $9,005

Double room with meals: $11,404 to $13,168

Single room with meals: $11,571 to $14,755

Apartment-style: $7,154 to $9,712

Cool Courses

• Renaissance Engineer 1: Ethics, Communication and Problem Solving: Explores the responsibilities and challenges faced by those who create technology.

• Mysteries of Everyday Materials: Examines how everyday items, from soap to batteries, really work.

Student Life on Campus

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