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Welcome to Founders College

We are your vibrant and diverse neighbourhood within the bustling city that is York University. Fulfilling our motto – self, culture and society – Founders supports your academic excellence while helping you develop as a well-rounded individual.

At Founders College, you will find places to study and socialize, as well as opportunities to participate in a variety of academic and social events in more intimate settings. Founders is also where you'll find College Fellows, support staff and student organizations that contribute to the intellectual life of the college.

Every student at York is assigned to a college based on their program. Affiliated with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Founders College serves students in:

  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • English & Professional Writing
  • Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change
  • French Studies
  • Gender & Women’s Studies
  • German Studies
  • Health & Society
  • History
  • Human Rights & Equity Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Language Sciences
  • Urban Studies

Please read our Land Acknowledgment which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

Really Useful Student Guide

This comprehensive guide provides answers to your questions about life at Founders College and York University from student events and academics to accessibility and mental health.

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Peer Academic Leaders

Connect with one of our PALs for program-specific advice, details about workshops, social events and one-on-one mentoring.

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Upcoming Events

Founders College is a place you can call home. It's a wonderful place for you to come and hang out and feel like a member of a community.

— Professor Pablo Idahosa