Ryerson University Profile
Ryerson is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 Master’s and PhD students. The university offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, and a wide range of scholarly, research and creative activities that respond to real-world challenges. Culturally diverse and inclusive, Ryerson is an integral part of its community: proudly integrated into Toronto’s urban core, and attracting talented students and faculty, innovation opportunities and global connections to the city. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.
Below you will find information about Ryerson’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.
To find out about Ryerson’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit Ryerson Admissions website.
Ryerson’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include Ontario secondary school, transfer, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that suits you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
Aboriginal Services at Ryerson has an Aboriginal Liaison/Admissions Officer who will support the unique “wrap around” admissions process Ryerson has been building for Aboriginal learners. Your first step will be to contact the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor. They will outline the application process and the documents you’ll need to provide with your application. As well as provide assistance and guidance in/on choosing an academic program or career path.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Ryerson’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.
If you are interested in transferring to Ryerson from another university or college, Ryerson’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfer in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
The Faculty of Arts offer you a liberal arts education combined with relevant, practical learning that’s designed to make you a well-rounded, informed, and therefore highly employable. Programs you can take include Arts and Contemporary Studies, Criminology, History, Politics and Governance, and Psychology.
Through a groundbreaking partnership between First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Ryerson University, First Nations students are able to earn a Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Governance. Since 1999, courses have been delivered in First Nations Communities across Ontario.
This program is an important initiative that provides learning and academic accreditation to First Nations Administrators. It will assist First Nations government administrators (and administrators of other Native organizations) to manage effectively and to gain control over their economic future.
The Ted Rogers School of Management, located in the heart of Toronto’s business community, combines academic rigour with real-world learning. Programs you can take include Accounting and Finance, Business Management, and Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The Faculty of Communication & Design attracts talented students from Canada and across the world to its programs in media, design, and fine arts. It also houses the Rogers Communications Centre, a university research centre for digital and interactive media, and the School of Professional Communication, which offers courses to students in all fields of study across the campus. Programs you can take include Fashion, the Image Arts, Interior Design, and Journalism.
The Faculty of Community Services offers you a diverse curriculum of multi-disciplinary programs in health, education, social justice, and community development connected to the spirit and the dynamism of the community. Programs you can take include Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work. In addition, in partnership with FNTI Ryerson offers a part time, advanced standing Bachelor of Social Work program that allows students to remain in their communities and their jobs. For full details of the program, admission requirements and how to apply, please visit the FNTI website. The Midwifery Education Program also has an Aboriginal Admissions Process designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal applicants.
The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) offers you a variety of exciting programs designed to arm you with the tools you need to make a difference in today’s world and improve the quality of lives around the globe. Programs you can take include Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
The Faculty of Science is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research across our four departments – physics, chemistry and biology, computer science, and mathematics – to prepare you for a career in the lab, the emergency room, and beyond. Programs you can take include Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics.
The Yeates School of Graduate Studies offers close to 50 cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels. These include a rich range of professional and course-based programs, as well as research-intensive, thesis-based programs. Programs you can take include Communication and Culture, Spatial Analysis, Aerospace Engineering, and Molecular Science.
Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education gives you university-based adult education through courses, seminars, and workshops; career-related certificate programs; and course series to empower adults to reach their personal and professional goals. Its flexible, accessible programming is available on campus, via distance education, and off site for employee groups. Programs available to you include Business, Design, and Law and Government. In addition, the school now offers a Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences. This certificate provides a broad orientation to Aboriginal experiences in Canada and how Aboriginal peoples have been impacted by laws, policies, and practices in the health, social services, human resources, and other sectors.
Be sure to check out all of Ryerson’s academic programs.
Ryerson offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Ryerson.
Student Learning Support (SLS) is a group of services and programs designed to help you engage more effectively in your academic studies. SLS services and programs teach essential academic skills and study techniques that can help you to apply your knowledge and communicate your ideas.
Do you need comprehensive math support that includes guidance in your math-related courses? Get math support at SLS; book individual or group sessions.
Do you want to improve your study skills and habits? Talk to study-skills experts at SLS to develop more effective and efficient study skills that include managing your time, learning from lectures, and preparing for exams.
Do you need help in your writing assignments? Chat with one of SLS’s writing consultants to get writing support at various stages of the process. If you adopt this habit, it will become a meaningful part of your ongoing writing processes and development at Ryerson.
To find out more about Ryerson’s academic supports, please visit Ryerson Student Learning Support.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are examples of two awards available at Ryerson:
The Frank. H. Hori Award for Aboriginal Students recognizes two Aboriginal students who demonstrate financial need at Ryerson University, for their academic achievements and their connection to the Aboriginal community.
The Aboriginal Student Award is given annually by the Ryerson Faculty Association. The award acknowledges the efforts of two Aboriginal students who maintain academic proficiency, and who can demonstrate a commitment to social justice or labour relations both on and off campus.
For students who self-identify as Metis; are residents of Ontario; must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; demonstrate financial need; satisfactory academic performance. Students may apply for and receive the bursary on an annual basis until they have completed their studies. This Bursary can be found by clicking on Ryerson’s scholarships and bursaries and going to the Special Categories Awards.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The On Campus Program at Ryerson can help eligible students to part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Services (RASS) strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. RASS provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. Below are just some of the services you will find at Ryerson and Aboriginal Services.
The Cultural and Traditional Teachings Program gives Aboriginal students the opportunity to spend time with Elders, and receive traditional counselling and support. As well, Traditional Teachers from the Aboriginal community are invited to share Aboriginal knowledge and traditions, and to teach Aboriginal history, culture, and protocols. You can also attend events hosted by Aboriginal Services such as potlucks, feasts, and a student appreciation dinner.
The Aboriginal Peer Support Program is a dynamic program that hires Ryerson Aboriginal students who do outreach and provide peer support to Aboriginal students on campus. You can drop by the Peer Support Office for information on student resources and about getting involved in our education, social, and cultural events. You can also book appointments with the Aboriginal Traditional Counsellor to talk about balancing your academic responsibilities with your personal life.
Aboriginal Services also helps you with financial planning, and bursaries and scholarships. The Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor or the Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator will help you to identify and understand the financial resources available to you, as well as apply for internal and external bursaries and scholarships.
Aboriginal students who need assistance with course selection, wish to discuss their course load, or would like to talk about their academic goals are encouraged to make an appointment with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor. If you are struggling with your academic courses, you are also encouraged to make an appointment with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor. Ryerson Aboriginal Services will provide the resources for tutor assistance.
The Aboriginal Community Outreach and Recruitment Program engages with the Aboriginal community (in Toronto and across Ontario) in identifying how the university can collaborate more effectively with the community to support career, employment, training, and education initiatives and programs.
Check out Aboriginal Services’ complete programs.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. Below you will find more information about student life at Ryerson.
Check out student life at Ryerson.
Orientation Week is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet your classmates, discover your campus, and explore the vibrant city of Toronto. Whether you are a new student, a transfer student, or a mature student, Campus-Wide Orientation has something for you. Academic Program Orientation – where you will learn more about your program, professors and program-specific facilities – also takes place during Orientation Week.
Aboriginal Learners’ Orientation
Aboriginal Services, partnering with its Aboriginal Peer Supporters, plans an orientation gathering for Aboriginal students. The gathering is your chance to meet fellow Aboriginal students and find out how the resources available through Aboriginal Services will help you to attain your personal and academic goals.
RU Leadership use your experiences on campus and in your community to educate and inform programs focused on helping you build your leadership skills. There are many opportunities to get involved in leadership development and education and to volunteer in the larger Toronto community. Tri-Mentoring Program
The Tri-Mentoring Program is a centralized model that offers mentorship opportunities to students of all identities across all faculties. The program matches 1st year students with upper year students in the same program or with similar interests in order to help incoming students successfully transition into their 1st year at Ryerson. Mentors then have the opportunity to be matched with an industry professional & will gain guidance and encourage students to progress towards their goals. We facilitate student’s learning, leadership and employment through mentoring, getting students involved and having them meet other people.
Clubs and Societies
Student clubs are a great way to become involved and to promote events and programs at Ryerson. You can meet friends, have fun, and explore similar interests with fellow students. Clubs at Ryerson include the Game Makers Union, Journalists for Human Rights, Musicians@Ryerson, and more. Check out Ryerson’s full list of student clubs.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Ryerson, you are represented by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). Part-time program students are represented by the Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson (CESAR).
Ryerson is home to the Rams varsity sports that range from badminton to wrestling. The Ryerson Rams participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Ryerson that includes try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Ryerson offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball. Joining an intramural team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Academic Accommodation Support
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Academic Accommodation Support is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports available that you can access, visit Ryerson’s Academic Accommodation Support website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
Positive Space Ryerson is a coalition of people who work together to create and maintain safe, welcoming, affirming and inclusive work, study and living environments for all members of the Ryerson community regardless of sexual orientation. It also offers an Ally Program that includes training and tools, educational resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity, a Peer Trainer Program, and outreach and promotional materials.
You can access information about and referrals to child care through the Gerrard Resource Centre. Check out how you can apply for and reserve a spot for your child.
Integrated Risk Management (IRM) works with the Ryerson community to support personal safety through a network of safety programs that encourage awareness building, prevention, infrastructure, intervention and response, and investigation services on campus.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Ryerson gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Living on campus can make university life easier. If you live on campus, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of commuting; all your classes are just outside your door. If you choose a residence style that includes a meal plan, you don’t have to worry about grocery shopping or cooking either.
Residence has set aside a small number beds for Aboriginal students who self-identify on the residence application. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryerson’s off-campus housing website provides a list of rental properties, a roommate finder tool, and an off-campus search guide to help you locate housing in Toronto.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Ryerson’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Ryerson.
Toronto’s public transit system is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), complete with underground subways, rapid transit (RT), streetcars and buses. The TTC publishes a free transit map that’s also available at all subway stations; find more information about the TTC and pricing. Ryerson’s Student Union has been bringing students more affordable TTC travel through RSU’s Discount TTC Metropass.
You can access paid or permit parking spaces, as well as car-pooling and bike racks in outdoor and outdoor parking facilities.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. Student Health and Wellness is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you through the Medical Centre and the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC).
The Medical Centre provides currently registered Ryerson students, staff and faculty with a range of medical services that you’d normally expect to receive from your family physician. This includes the treatment of illnesses, such as a cold or the flu, to routine examinations such as annual physicals and internal examinations.
The Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment. Its services, programs, and resources will help you to solve immediate problems; define your personal, educational and career goals; and acquire the confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and personal growth.
Check out the well-being services provided by the Medical Centre and those provide by the Centre for Student Development and Counselling. You can also visit Aboriginal Services for information on the cultural aspects of health.