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York U At A Glance 2013-14

About York U

York U was founded in 1959

  • York U is the 2nd largest university in Ontario, 3rd largest in Canada
  • 280+ university partnerships across the globe
  • $940 million operating budget

Our Community

York U has 49,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students for a total of 55,000 students

  • 7,000 faculty and staff
  • 270,000+ alumni
  • 5,000 international students from 177 countries

Our campuses

Vari Hall

Keele Campus
Located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, the Keele campus offers a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. More than 52,000 students from across the world are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Glendon Manor

Glendon Campus
Set on the historic Wood family estate, the Glendon campus is a lush parkland in the heart of Toronto offering an intimate learning community. Home to 2,700 students, Glendon specializes exclusively in the liberal arts, and is the only campus in Canada to do so in more than one language.

Academic Excellence

  • 11 Faculties
  • 5,000 courses, 100+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • 12,000 degrees granted in 2013
  • The Schulich School of Business ranked first among Canadian schools in The Economist
  • Home to Canada’s largest Liberal Arts program
  • Offers the Greater Toronto Area’s only Digital Media program
98% of professors have the highest educational qualification in their field
  • Osgoode Hall Law School internationally renowned as one of Canada’s largest and most distinguished law schools
  • Home to Canada’s only Space Engineering program
  • Largest psychology program in North America
  • Ontario’s only Disaster & Emergency Management program (one of only two in Canada)
  • Glendon campus is the only bilingual university campus in southern Ontario

Did You Know

Murray Ross, York U's first president sitting at a desk on the land before the university was built

Leading the way
With the founding of York U, Dr. Murray Ross (pictured here in 1960) realized his vision of a leading interdisciplinary research and teaching institution. Ross served as the University’s first president for a decade and went on to receive the Order of Canada, among other honours.

Gordon the groundhog

Gordon the groundhog
York is renowned for its diversity, but did you know our community includes such esteemed members as foxes, rabbits, geese, and campus favourite, Gordon the groundhog? Find out what Gordon’s up to on Twitter at @YorkUGroundhog.

York U currency, scrip

York U Scrip
How did students purchase food on campus in 1974? They used York U currency called “scrip”! Traded at cash value, scrip was issued to all students on meal plans.

Research

External research funding at York U is $71 million
  • 34 Canada Research Chairs*
  • 26 Active Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 25 Research Centres
  • 26 Distinguished Research Professors
  • 519 agreements facilitated by Innovation York  in 2013
*CRC data is based on 2012 biannual chairs reallocation exercise

Notable Alumni

Our accomplished alumni span the globe making an impact in their fields and redefining leadership.

York U has 270,000+ alumni
  • Rachel McAdams, BFA ’01, Actress
  • Rick Waugh, MBA ’74, LLD ’07, CEO, Scotiabank
  • Dr. Roger Pulwarty, Physical Scientist, US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, BSc ’86
  • The Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch, BA ’86, LLB ’89
  • Dr. Steve MacLean, Astronaut & Quantum Physicist, BSc ’77, PhD ’83, DSc ’93
  • Sandie Rinaldo, Anchor, CTV National News Weekend Co-Host/Reporter, W5, BA ’73
  • Joel Cohen, Writer & Producer of The Simpsons, MBA ’92
  • Dan Riskin, Evolutionary Biologist & Television Show Host, MSc ’00
  • Dan Kanter, Musical Director & Guitarist for Justin Bieber, BFA ’07
  • Kathleen Taylor, Chair-elect, RBC, Osgoode Hall Law School, Schulich School of Business, JD/MBA ’84

Learn about more of our notable York U alumni