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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 & Media Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • English & Professional Writing
  • Equity Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender & Women’s Studies
  • German Studies
  • Health & Society
  • History
  • 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


Since our founding in 1965 as the first college at York, Founders College, its academic leaders, Fellows and students have participated actively in the development of the university.

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Student Council

Contribute to an effective academic and social support system for students across the college by joining the Founders College Student Council.


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