York University

Founded 1959 | Toronto, ON

This profile appears in the 2022 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 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, including a new field and a seasonal dome, has transformed 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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Numbers at a Glace

• 55,000 students from 178 countries

• 325,000+ alumni and leading professors

• 300+ university, industry and NGO partners

• 8,500 diverse experiential education opportunities including internships, community placements, co-ops and capstone projects


Recent News

• The Markham Campus will be open to students in Fall 2023.

• York ranked 67 out of 1,115 universities around the world by Times Higher Education (THE) in its Impact

• Rankings: Award-winning capstone course where students solve world problems

• Learn more about the stories behind the People of York U


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Standout Programs

• Earth & Atmospheric Science: Students in the space science stream learn about planetary space environments and instrument design from professors involved in international space projects.

• Indigenous Studies: Examine theories developed by Indigenous scholars, Elder teachings and ceremonies, with a focus on treaty rights and relationships.

• French as a Second Language: This teacher education program, offered at the Glendon campus, includes a practicum in French as a second-language program in anglophone school boards.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

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

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 42,850 · Part-time: 6,692

Graduates: Full-time: 4,602 · Part-time: 1,681

International Students: First-year: 15.2% · Graduate: 25.5%

Male-female Ratio: 44 to 56

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 3,099 (1,025 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room: $7,512

Single room with meals: $11,512 to $13,012

Apartment-style: $5,652 to $11,832

Cool Courses

• Computational Thinking Through Mechatronics: Designed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this programming course features equipment that students can use at home.

• Anatomy of the Feature Film: Students investigate the creative, technical and financial aspects of feature filmmaking.

Student Life on Campus

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