Through cross-discipline programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, York University's 53,000 students get the education they need to have big ideas and endless career opportunities.

York University At A Glance

About York U

York University was founded in 1959

  • York University is the 2nd largest university in Ontario, 3rd largest in Canada
  • 200+ university partnerships across the globe
  • $1 billion operating budget

Our Community

York University has 46,400+ undergrad and 5,900+ grad students

Our campuses

Vari hallKeele Campus
Located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, the Keele Campus offers a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. Our 53,000 students, from across the world, are enrolled in 160+ undergraduate and 59 graduate programs.
Glendon ManorGlendon 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 is Southern Ontario's only bilingual university campus, known for its beautiful gardens and international experience.

Academic Excellence

94% of professors have the highest educational qualification in their field

Did You Know

Murray Ross, York University's first president sitting at a desk on the land before the university was builtLeading the way
With the founding of York University, 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.
York University ObservatorySpace explorations
York University has its own astronomical observatory located at the Keele campus and provides an invaluable hands-on teaching and research facility for all undergraduate and graduate astronomy students. It is also open to the public for tours all year around.
Las NubesYork University rainforest
The Las Nubes research centre is located in the Costa Rican rainforest and is visited by students in the environmental studies program every summer for field experience studies. York even brews its own brand of "Las Nubes" coffee.


External research funding at York University is $79 million

Notable Alumni

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

York University has 295,000+ 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
  • Lilly Singh, Entertainer & Comedian, BA '10
  • Kathleen Taylor, Chair-elect, RBC, Osgoode Hall Law School, Schulich School of Business, JD/MBA '84