University description (as per official university website)
At York, we have a compelling vision: to create an interdisciplinary academic community of researchers, teachers and students whose first rate credentials enable them to spearhead change and innovation in ways never before imagined.
York is now Canada’s third largest university. That’s because we offer an unparalleled academic experience. Our top ranked programs set international standards. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to study issues from all angles and to combine majors in completely different fields. York’s faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students. And our research tackles real world challenges by taking a uniquely interdisciplinary approach that brings real world solutions.
True to our motto “The way must be tried”, York is a place where the curious thrive, and where a climate of innovation celebrates those who look beyond the ordinary.
The York University Foundation
An inspired approach to university fundraising in Canada, the York University Foundation exists to help York redefine the possible. As a separate entity with its own distinguished board of directors, the Foundation builds leadership and raises funds for York’s priorities in the area of research, teaching, student finan cial aid and capital infrastructure.
York's Interdisciplinary Approach
York’s graduates do the extraordinary because we offer an unparalleled academic experience, internationally top ranked programs, a unique, interdisciplinary approach and more than 5,000 courses every year offered through York’s faculties.
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School
Schulich School of Business
Science and Engineering
Brave New Scholars
At York, the best and brightest students from Canada and abroad forge their own unique paths to success. That’s just one reason we’re Canada’s third largest university.
47,062 Undergraduate students, (full and part time students)
6,143 Graduate students, (full and part time students)
This includes 3,226 full and part time under graduate and graduate international students from 155 countries.
York's Academic Community
The groundbreaking success of York graduates is due in no small part to our faculty, amongst the finest in the world. Here you’ll find celebrated thinkers, researchers, writers and professors whose interdisciplinary research and teaching expands the horizons of our students to redefine the possible.
1,415 full-time faculty
1,033 contract faculty and teaching assistants, (full-time equivalent basis)
2,297 full-time support staff
42 professional librarians
On the Map in Toronto, Canada
From a bustling campus uptown, to an intimate east side campus, to downtown business centres, York resides where students need it most.
457 acres at Keele and Steeles
85 acres at Glendon (Bayview and Lawrence)
The Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Schulich School of Business (King and Bay)
Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Centre (Dundas and Yonge)
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.
Chancellor - The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
Chair of the Board of Governors - Paul Cantor
Chair of Senate - Celia Haig-Brown
President and Vice-Chancellor - Mamdouh Shoukri
Patrick Monahan, Academic, Provost
Gary Brewer, Finance & Administration
Stan Shapson, Research & Innovation
Robert Tiffin, Students
Jennifer Sloan, University Relations
Paul Marcus, President & CEO, York University Foundation & Vice-President Development
Bob Gagne, Chief Information Officer
Harriet Lewis, University Secretary & General Counsel
Pushing the Boundaries
It’s at the heart of York’s mission: to explore the unusual and redefine the possible.
Everyday, in laboratories, classrooms and across campus, we are challenging the ordinary. We are finding unique ways of looking at the world; giving people the opportunity to create their own destinies; and fostering a climate of flexibility, originality and unbounded thinking.
York is the University that produces graduates whose first rate credentials and rich experiences enable them to develop their careers and pursuits in their own unique ways.
With our unique interdisciplinary research and teaching we open up new ways of thinking and seeing.
Breaking New Ground
York researchers are undertaking innovative research of local, national and international signifi cance. York is a leading force in developing knowl edge that provides insight into scientific, economic, social and cultural issues affecting quality of life concerns for Canadians and people around the world. Our interdisciplinary research tackles global challenges in areas such as health, environmental sustainability, science, ethics and social justice, international studies, and culture and entertain ment. York’s collaborative focus and commitment to innovation enables its researchers to push beyond traditional research boundaries and develop unique, real world solutions.
York University is home to 28 research centres:
Canadian Centre for German & European Studies
Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry
Centre for Education and Community
Centre for Feminist Research
The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies
Centre for Practical Ethics
Centre for Public Policy & Public Law
Centre for Refugee Studies
Centre for Research on Biometrical Interactions
Centre for Research in Earth & Space Science
Centre for Research on Language Contact
Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean
Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry
Centre for Research on Work & Society
Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement - The Ontario Metropolis Centre
The City Institute at York University
The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples
Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability
Institute for Research on Learning Technologies
Institute for Social Research
The Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security
LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence & Conflict Resolution
Muscle Health Research Centre
Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
York Centre for Asian Research
York Centre for International & Security Studies
York Centre for Vision Research
York Institute for Health Research
Support for our Students
Services for students at York go beyond the ordinary to provide an uncommon level of help, guidance and information:
Academic advising in every Faculty
Centre for Human Rights
Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development
Counselling & Disability Services
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
Ontario March of Dimes Independent Living Assistance Program
Scott Religious Centre
Student governments and college councils
York Student Centre
York Women’s Centre
York University libraries provide exemplary library resources, services and facilities to support research, teaching and learning at York University.
Over 3 million people visit the libraries annually
95% of students in a campus survey indicated they used library computers at least once a week
10% reported using this resource daily
York’s libraries are located in five buildings:
Scott Library, housing Sound & Moving Image, Maps, Archives & Special Collections
Peter F. Bronfman Business Library
Steacie Science and Engineering Library
Osgoode Hall Law School Library
Leslie Frost Library on Glendon Campus
Resources include over 40,000 electronic journals, 300,000 ebooks, 2.5 million volumes, and signifi cant collections in film, music, maps, archival materials and microforms. In 2009:
1,000,000 items were shelved
500,000 items were circulated
24,000 students attended sessions to learn how to find and evaluate information resources with others taking part in online modules
The intellectual, cultural and social life at York is one of the richest in Canada:
Approximately 270 student clubs and organizations
Sport York offers 19 interuniversity sport teams, 15 sport clubs, 44 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 45 student clubs and services including the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre, a food court, art gallery, travel agent, student lounges and The Underground restaurant/club