York University Profile
York University, located in Toronto, Ontario, is helping shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. Our unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that set us apart. As an internationally recognized research university, York’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres have well-established partnerships with over 280 leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada with a strong community of 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff and more than 275,000 alumni. Read more about York University.
York University recognizes that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories where our campuses are located. We acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Métis Nation of Ontario.
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. View the York University virtual tour video.
York’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include secondary school, transfer, mature and returning students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
York supports the academic success of Aboriginal students through its Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS), which provides student services in a culturally supportive environment. Students are supported through the process of applying for numerous financial awards. Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to visit York’s Aboriginal Admission Statement page.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
The Transition Year Program (TYP) at York University is a special access program for youth (ages 19 and above) and adults who are passionate about attending university. TYP@York provides an opportunity to transition to university for those who have previously experienced social and financial barriers to accessing formal education.
If you are interested in transferring to York from another university or college, York’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at York and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists examples of the academic programs you can take at York.
The Faculty of Environmental Studies engages you with innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Programs you can take include Urban Ecologies, International Development Management, Sustainable Energy and Ecosystem Management.
The Lassonde School of Engineering is the home of the Renaissance Engineer – a place where you can discover your passions and gain real perspective. Programs you can take include Engineering, Computing and Earth and Atmospheric Science.
The Schulich School of Business offers you innovative programs with global reach and diverse perspectives. Programs you can take include Business Administration and graduate studies in Finance, Accounting and Analytics.
The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design encourages artistic and intellectual leadership, creative experimentation, cultural innovation and imaginative solutions for our interconnected world. Programs you can take include Cinema and Media Arts, Design, Digital Media and Theatre.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies offers you a rich diversity of undergraduate and graduate programs that include Administrative Studies, Canadian Studies, Classics, Criminology, Hellenic Studies, Political Science and Urban Studies.
The Faculty of Science is engaged with advancing human knowledge, and stimulating learning in and beyond the classroom. Programs you can take include Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, and Environmental Biology.
The Faculty of Education aims to provide passionate, creative educators with the tools they need to motivate students and contribute to the continued growth of education. Degree programs include a Bachelor of Education, including a Concurrent Education Program, and graduate studies in Education.
The Faculty of Health offers 5 degree programs: Kinesiology and Health Science, Psychology, Nursing, Health Policy and Management, and Global Health. You will learn in classrooms and labs and with community partners.
Osgoode Hall Law School is committed to critical thinking, professionalism, ethics and experiential education that extends beyond the conventional classroom and library experiences. Its Juris Doctor, Graduate and Professional Development programs offer rich and varied perspectives on law.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers over 50 programs in the humanities, social sciences, business, science, health, performing arts, media, design and the environment. Our community of professors, researchers and learners conducts ambitious, ground-breaking research that cuts across traditional academic boundaries and enriches the learning experience for graduate students.
Be sure to check out all of York’s academic programs.
York offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at York.
Through Learning Skills Services (LSS), you can access information and resources, individualized help with organizational and study skills, and workshops on a range of useful topics, such as time management and exam preparation. The services have 1 objective: To keep you on the path to academic success.
The Learning Commons in Scott Library, a resource hub for all students, provides assistance with research, preparing for an exam, planning your career or listing proper citations. The SPARK website is your online guide to writing successful academic papers – from choosing a topic, to time management, to academic integrity.
Writing at university can be challenging, so York has set up writing programs that will help you refine your skills. The Writing Centre offers one-on-one writing instruction, workshops and credit courses to help you develop the skills and processes you’ll need for advanced writing assignments.
The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Student (ACMAPS) provides a pan-university physical and philosophical home for mature and part-time students. The Centre also runs a Mature Student First-Year Experience Program, which offers presentations and discussions on academic writing, library research, reading and note-taking, time management and stress management.
To find out more about York’s academic supports, please visit York’s Academic Resources website.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. York offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are 2 examples of awards available at York.
The York Entrance Bursary for Aboriginal Students is available to First Nations (status and non-status) undergraduate students of Aboriginal ancestry who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, and Ontario residents who demonstrate financial need.
The Aboriginal PSET Bursary is available to Aboriginal students (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, protected persons and Ontario residents who demonstrate financial need.
Check out York’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services for information about financial aid available to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work/Study Program at York can help eligible student to find 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 Centre for Aboriginal Student Services.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are some of the centre’s services.
Aboriginal Sharing Circle Program: This student-driven leadership community offers a space for Indigenous learners to come together. You can co-create, co-develop and sustain a learning environment through programs and services that support individual and collective growth, capacity building and Aboriginal student well-being. Meet with members one-on-one and in group settings.
Elder-on-Campus Program: Elders and traditional counsellors share Indigenous knowledge, teachings and wisdom. Sessions are provided in-house or at the Tipi site. Seize the chance to learn about ceremony and Indigenous pedagogies, and enhance your spiritual growth and identity. Sessions include sharing circles and one-on-one counselling.
Writing Supports: A writing instructor visits the centre once a week to help Aboriginal learners with their writing skills.
Laptop Lending Program: CASS members can sign out laptops for brief periods of time.
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. In this section you will find more about student life at York.
Clubs and Societies
York is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations that fall under various categories including academic, advocacy, charitable, environmental, faith-based, hobby, political, professional and sports. Check out the list of student clubs at YU Connect.
Aboriginal Learners’ Club
There are 2 Aboriginal student organizations on campus: Undergraduate students can join the Aboriginal Students’ Association at York (ASAY), and Aboriginal law students can join the Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association (OISA).
York University has more than 36 student governing groups across all campuses. The York Federation of Students is the central undergraduate students’ union and represents more than 54,000 full- and part-time undergraduate students. The Graduate Students Association represents 6,100 full- and part-time graduate students.
York is home to the York Lions varsity sports that range from basketball, cross country and rugby, to hockey and wrestling. The Lions participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information about varsity athletics at York, including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
York offers recreational sports and intramural leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, basketball and more. Joining a 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.
Counselling and Disability Services
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Counselling and Disability Services (CDS) 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 that you can access, visit the CDS website.
Centre for Human Rights
The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) provides free services to current York students, faculty and staff. CHR strives to build a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive (REDI) community by advancing, promoting and upholding human rights at York in accordance with provincial human rights legislation and the University’s policies. Find a full list of campus resources.
Students with children and families are part of the York community. Child care and day care services are provided by the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre and the York University Co-operative Daycare Centre on the Keele campus. Check out how you can apply to reserve a spot for your child.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to university life. York 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 find information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Living in 1 of our 10 undergraduate residences – 8 at the Keele Campus and 2 at the Glendon Campus – means you’re at the heart of the York University community. Traditional-style residences offer furnished double or single rooms with common facilities for first-year students that can help ease the transition to university life. York also has apartments (1,250 self-contained living units) for eligible graduate students, Osgoode law students, students with families and mature undergraduate students who are 21 years of age or older.
You may decide not to live on campus during your first year, or to move out of residence after meeting future roommates. York provides some tips for finding housing in Toronto on its Off-Campus Housing Page.
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 York’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 York.
York is a major transit hub during the academic year and is proud to partner with several regional public transportation providers to offer students alternatives to driving a vehicle to school. Check out public transportation options that include special shuttle services on specific routes.
Parking Services takes care of parking on campus. All visitors purchase a parking permit or pay a daily fee.
Mental Health and Wellness
York University promotes a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters mental health and well-being among members of the York community. Through a variety of education, training and awareness events, York University’s Mental Health and Wellness committee strives to promote a more holistic and integrated approach to campus health that supports academic excellence, employee satisfaction and productivity, as well as the overall success of all York community members.
Health and Dental Services
Through the Health Education and Promotion unit, a professional health educator is available to students for individual information on health-related needs. The health educator can help answer questions or find appropriate resources. All services are entirely confidential.
York also offers a Peer Health Team that serves to educate and support you with any health-related issues you might have, including sexual health and addictions.
Personal Counselling Services (PCS) helps you to develop and fulfill your personal potential as well as manage the challenges of university life. Students come to PCS for counselling for a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues and more.
You can also visit the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services for information about the cultural aspects of health.