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York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drives teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni.

York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre for Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. Its 2,700 students study at least two languages and almost 30% of the campus population studies three or more. 

Unique and Exceptional Programs

With 200+ programs to choose from, our strength has always been truly exceptional programs. York U is home to Canada’s largest liberal arts program, the only Space Engineering program in the country, a new Global Health program and a unique cross-discipline Digital Media program. Our professional schools, Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as history, geography and psychology are consistently ranked among the best. Employers know that a York degree is a promise of essential skills and deep knowledge, hiring 87% of our graduates within six months of graduation.

Teaching & Learning Innovation

York pushes the boundaries of teaching with innovative course design, progressive learning settings and a diverse range of work-based and community-based experiential learning opportunities. This broader learning delivered through cross-discipline programming and blended degrees opens the doors to endless opportunities upon graduation. York is proud to boast that 94% of our professors have the highest qualifications in their fields and many are recognized locally and nationally for championing learning approaches that engage and inspire our students.

Research Excellence

York is home to one of the most dynamic research communities in the world. We are changing the way people think about everything from bees to micro satellites, bullying and space engineering. Our 26 organized research centres, 34 Canada Research Chairs and 24 distinguished research professors, are leading innovations and making breakthroughs across a multitude of fields. We are proud to have been ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world for arts, humanities and social sciences by Times Higher Education - 2015

Supportive Community Environment:

York is committed to seeing students thrive and succeed academically, socially and personally. York offers students a more welcoming, inclusive and supportive learning environment. From our first year transition program to our peer and alumni mentoring and approachable professors, the entire York community is geared towards ensuring students are supported both before and after graduation.


Every day, over 295,000 alumni make a positive impact in their chosen fields – across all sectors and around the world. Among them are acclaimed film star Rachel McAdams, entertainer and comedian Lilly Singh, evolutionary biologist & television show host Dan Riskin, Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert and writer & producer of The Simpsons Joel Cohen. 

Key statistics

  • 46,565
    Number of Students
  • 40.8
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 22%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016


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