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Mission and Vision


The mission of York University is the pursuit, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. We promise excellence in research and teaching in pure, applied and professional fields. We test the boundaries and structures of knowledge. We cultivate the critical intellect.

York University is part of Toronto: we are dynamic, metropolitan and multi-cultural. York University is part of Canada: we encourage bilingual study, we value diversity. York University is open to the world: we explore global concerns.

A community of faculty, students, staff, alumni and volunteers committed to academic freedom, social justice, accessible education, and collegial self-governance, York University makes innovation its tradition.

Tentanda Via: The way must be tried.


York is committed to giving a broad demographic of students access to a high quality, research-intensive learning environment committed to the public good.

Core Values

We strive for Excellence in fulfilling all aspects of our mission

We are Progressive, encouraging open minded inquiry, innovative approaches, and forward looking

We uphold Sustainability - environmental, social, and fiscal - as a vital compass for decisions
and initiatives

We are passionate about advancing Social Justice and Equity through critical insight, creative
problem solving, and socially responsible action

We champion Diversity and Inclusivity, embracing differing perspectives, peoples, and ways of
knowing, and fostering global fluencies and cross-cultural knowledges