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York at a Glance

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The University

Founded in 1959 and today Canada’s third largest university, York is helping to 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.

Our Campuses

York has two campuses located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Canada’s largest metropolis:

  • Keele campus, at 4700 Keele St., Toronto; and
  • Glendon campus, at 2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto.

Glendon is Southern Ontario’s only bilingual university campus.

Our Community

  • 55,000+ students
  • 7,000+ faculty and staff
  • 11,958 degrees awarded in 2012

Total Budget – Fiscal Year 2013

$938 million


York’s 11 Faculties and 27 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that extends across traditional academic boundaries. Our distinctive and collaborative approach to research brings fresh insights and solutions to local and global challenges. Research at York is research with an impact and research that makes a difference.


York has 11 Faculties that offer more than 5,000 courses.

  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Glendon
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health
  • Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Schulich School of Business
  • Science


The four branches of York University Libraries are host to more than three million visitors annually. Our libraries provide access to a robust collection of resources, including more than 600,000 e-books, 72,000 full-text e-journals and 2.6 million printed volumes. Students have access to more than 3,600 quiet and collaborative study spaces, as well as research and reference assistance from any one of our 150 librarians and staff members.

Student Life

With more than 300 student clubs and organizations, the intellectual, cultural and social offerings at York are some of the richest in Canada. Sport & Recreation has diverse programming, including intramurals, a fitness centre, sports clubs, instructional classes and more. In 2013, the York University Lions men’s soccer team won the Ontario University Athletics championship.


Our family of more than 260,000 alumni spans the globe, redefining leadership in business, fine arts, public policy, law, science, education, history, criminology, environmental science, psychology – and the list goes on.

Global Thinking

York has established its reputation worldwide with 280+ partnerships with international universities, attracting international students with roots tracing back to 155 countries.

YorkU is Leading the Way

  • Home to Canada’s only space engineering program.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School is internationally renowned as one of Canada’s largest and most distinguished law schools.
  • The Schulich School of Business, Canada’s Global Business School™, is ranked first among Canadian schools in The Economist.
  • Offers the Greater Toronto Area’s only digital media program that combines science, technology and communications with the visual, performing and media arts.
  • The Faculty of Fine Arts is the first and largest comprehensive Faculty of its kind in Canada.
  • Proudly offers Canada’s largest liberal arts program.
  • Home to Ontario’s only disaster & emergency management program (one of only two in Canada).
  • Has the largest psychology program in North America.
  • Ranked 11th among all research universities Canada-wide for the publication impact of our research (source: Research Infosource).

University Officials

Chancellor - Gregory Sorbara
Chair of the Board of Governors - Julia Foster
Chair of the Senate - Roxanne Mykitiuk
President and Vice-Chancellor - Mamdouh Shoukri
Vice-President Academic & Provost - Rhonda Lenton
Vice-President Advancement - Jeff O’Hagan
Vice-President Finance & Administration - Gary Brewer
Vice-President Research & Innovation - Robert Haché
University Secretary & General Counsel - Maureen Armstrong

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Quick Facts:

Location: Toronto, Canada

Students: 55,000 undergraduates and graduates

Research: 28 research centres

Faculties: 11 faculties

Alumni: more than 260,000

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