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. The Schulich School of Business opened a new graduate research building in 2019. 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. In 2022, the 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. A new campus in Markham will welcome students this fall. 

Campus Buzz

Students can connect with alumni during speed mentoring and networking events held throughout the year.

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Standout Programs

• Health Studies: Through community case studies and courses in management, policy, and digital health, students explore the social factors affecting health and health care.

• Cities, Regions, Planning: Students acquire foundational knowledge, as well as the tools and skills needed to plan and manage healthy, sustainable cities. Work placements, field trips and community activities provide practical experience.

• Psychology: Students in this program, which offers a stream in cognitive neuropsychology, can engage in empirical research, get hands-on experience through work placements, and learn from experts in fields such as rehabilitation, neuropsychology, forensics, aging and memory.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 75% | Science: 85% | Commerce: 85% | Engineering: 85%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 40,256 | Part-time: 6,336

Graduates: Full-time: 4,582 | Part-time: 1,617

International Students: First-year: 11.5% | Graduate: 30.6%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 3,970 (1,930 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room: $7,418 to $7,692 | Single room: $7,788 to $8,076 | Double room with meals: $11,918 to $13,942 | Single room with meals: $12,288 to $14,326 | Apartment-style: $8,736 to $11,576

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.

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