York University, also known as YorkU or simply YU, is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada’s fourth-largest university, and it has approximately 55,700 students, 7,000 faculty staff, and over 325,000 alumni worldwide.
The York University is one of the top ranked international teaching and research university ranked Number 494 in the 2023 QS world ranking. Several of York’s programs have gained notable recognition both nationally and internationally.
York houses Canada’s oldest film school, which has been ranked one of the best in Canada, York’s Osgoode Hall Law School was ranked fourth best in Canada, behind University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of British Columbia. In The Economist‘s 2011 full-time MBA rankings, York’s Schulich School of Business ranked ninth in the world, and first in Canada, and in CNN Expansion‘s ranking of MBA programs, Schulich ranked 18th in the world, placing first in Canada.
York’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science ranked fourth in Canada and 24th best in the world in 2018.
The York University is located at Toronto, Ontario, Canada 43o46’23”N 79o30’13”W, its motto is in latin Tentanda via which means The way must be tried, it has the nickname “York Lion,” its mascot is Yeo the Lion(Named by Ayub Bsis) and its colour is red and white. The current Chancellor is Gregory Sorbara, the President is Rhonda Lenton.
Official website: www.yorku.ca
York University was established in 1959 as a non-denominational institution by the York University Act, which received royal assent in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on the 26th day of March 1959. Its first class was held in September 1960 in Falconer Hall at the University of Toronto campus with a total of 76 students. In the fall of 1961, York moved to its first campus, Glendon College, which was leased from the University of Toronto, and began to emphasize liberal arts and part-time adult education.
York became independent in 1965, after an initial period of affiliation with the University of Toronto (U of T), under the York University Act, 1965. The university opened a second campus, the Keele Campus, which is currently Its main campus in North York, within the neighbourhood community now called York University Heights on the northern outskirts of Toronto in 1965.
Murray Ross, who continues to be honoured today at the university in several ways –including the Murray G. Ross Award– was still vice-president of University of Toronto when he was approached to become York University’s new president. At the time, York University was envisaged as a feeder campus to University of Toronto, until Ross’s powerful vision led it to become a completely separate institution.
The Glendon campus became a bilingual liberal arts college led by Escott Reid, who envisaged it as a national institution to educate Canada’s future leaders, a vision shared by Prime Minister Lester Pearson, who formally opened Glendon College in 1966. Its bilingual mandate and focus on the liberal arts continue to shape Glendon’s special status within York University.
The first Canadian undergraduate program in dance opened at York University in 1970. In 1972, Canada Post featured the nascent institution on 8¢ stamps, entitled York University Campus, North York, Ontario. The first Canadian PhD program in women’s studies opened with five candidates in January 1992.
The new Keele Campus was regarded as somewhat isolated, in a generally industrialized part of the city. The Aviva Centre tennis stadium, built in 2004, is a perennial host of the Canada Masters tennis tournament. As Toronto has spread further out, York has found itself in a relatively central location within the built-up Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and in particular, near the Jane and Finch neighbour-hood. Its master plan envisages a denser on-campus environment commensurate with that location. Students occupied the university’s administration offices in March 1997, protesting escalating tuition hikes.
In June 2014, the university announced that a new campus would be constructed in Markham, Ontario. The campus will be built near Highway 407, between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue in partnership with Seneca College. The new campus would house approximately 4,200 students and is anticipated to accommodate up to 10,000 students in future phases. On May 20, 2015, the provincial government announced it will provide financial contribution to this new project
On October 24, 2018, the provincial government announced it would pull its funding for the campus, along with funding for the planned satellite campuses of Laurier University and Ryerson university. After this cancellation of funding for the Markham project, York University and its partners planned to seek alternative funding. In July 2020, the provincial government allowed plans for the university to go through.
Meet The Campuses
The institution is spread across three university campuses spread across Ontario, the campuses are Keele, Glendon, and Markham.
The Keele Campus is the main campus of York University It occupies roughly 1 square kilometre of land and is situated between Jane Street to the west, Keele Street to the east, Steeles Avenue West to the north and Finch Avenue West to the south. It is the largest post-secondary campus in Canada at 457 acres and is located in northern Toronto bordering York Region.
Most of the university’s faculties reside here, including Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Law, Environmental Studies, Science and Engineering, Education, and Health. All together, nearly 50,000 students attend classes on the Keele campus. Keele campus is like an independent community housing around 6,000 graduates and 46,000 undergraduates. With modern facilities and endless opportunities, it is a site of personal and professional development.
The Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School programs are offered at the Keele Campus, both of them maintain satellite facilities in downtown Toronto.Schulich operates the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre at 222 Bay Street (Ernst & Young Tower within the Toronto-Dominion Centre), while Osgoode Hall has a Professional Development Centre at One Dundas West Tower within the Toronto Eaton Centre.
Schulich School of Business
The Schulich School of Business is one of the top business schools in Canada. It moved to its new home, the Seymour Schulich Building, in August 2003. The building is known for its open spaces for studying and networking. It is named after a major benefactor and entrepreneur Seymour Schulich (1940-)
Osgoode Hall Law School
Osgoode Hall law School provides students with a superior legal education. This is done through an innovative, experimental and relevant curriculum, globally renowned faculty who are thought leaders in their fields, and a welcoming and inclusive academic community.
Glendon College is a bilingual liberal arts faculty and separate campus of York University located in central Southern Ontario. Formally the federated bilingual campus of York University, it is one of the school’s nine colleges and 11 faculties with 100 full-time faculty members and a student population of about 2,100. Founded as the first permanent establishment of York University, the school began academic operation under the mentorship of the University of Toronto in September 1960.
The motto of Glendon College is Alteri Sæculo meaning For future generations. Glendon Campus is a bilingual campus of the institute It is in fact the only university campus in the whole of Canada that requires its students to take up programs in both English and French. Glendon College is home to the Leslie Frost library
Official Website: www.glendon.yorku.ca
Markham Campus is situated near Highway 407 in partnership with Seneca College and is still under construction. The campus is expected to open from the fall 2023 session. The university’s library is fully equipped with all the essentials for education including thousands of books, journals, computers, and wifi. All the e-journals and e-books can be accessed online by the students.
Below are Links to the Various Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries Available at York University