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JUST ADDED - Check out our complete 2024 Parents and Family programming schedule below.

Welcome to York University

Research proves that parent/family involvement is an important resource that improves a student’s productivity. We believe that parents and family members play a key role in the success of our students.

We hope you will find the information here useful and informative. Also be sure to watch this space for upcoming parents and family events and activities.

And don't forget, there are many ways you can contact us.

Parent & Family 201: Supporting First Year Students

This event provides insights, discussions, student support strategies and Q&A opportunities!

You can watch a recording of this event on our YouTube channel. Just click above.

You can also download the presentation notes right here.


We've compiled a list of the resources that parents and family members ask us about most often. Be sure to browse these resources, get familiar with them and bookmark them for future reference.

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Student Life Timeline

Our handy Student Life Timeline will walk you through the academic year month by month, explaining what your student might be experiencing, reminding you of important dates, and providing further ways in which you can provide help and support to your student. We hope to work with you by helping you empower your student to take personal responsibility for their social and academic goals and choices.

2024 Parents and Family Programming Schedule

Why York is the Right Choice?

Please join us as Vice-Provost Students Dr. Nona Robinson co-hosts a unique virtual session for parents, guardians, and familiy members of new and prospective York Students. This session will detail all of the the great opportunities available on campus, in the community, and within the institution at York.

Come and find out why York is The Right Choice for you!
VirtualMar 27, 20243:30-4:30pmNona Robinson, Vice Provost StudentsPresentation NotesThis session has already passed, but you can view the recording in our York 101 Videos section.

Paying for University

Come and join us on Friday April 12 as we invite Karen Warner, York University's Manager of Scholarships & Bursaries in to discuss all things relating to managing student finances. This session will touch upon: How to pay tuition, applying for scholarships, international and domestic student finances, OSAP, finding a job on campus, and much more!
VirtualApr 9, 20249-10amKaren Warner, Manager, Scholarships & BursariesThis session has already passed, but you can view the recording in our York 101 Videos section.
Safe at York

The Parent & Family Orientation: Safe at York is a virtual session by York University designed to provide parents and family members of York students with valuable information about safety resources, services, and strategies to ensure student safety on campus. This orientation is part of York University's broader commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The orientation aims to inform and engage parents and families in the university's safety protocols, emergency response procedures, and the various support services available to students.
VirtualApr 19, 20249-10amCommunity Safety
York Employment Supports

This informative online event is focused on providing resources and guidance for parents and families seeking employment support for their loved ones.

Learn about various programs, services, and tools available to help individuals with finding and maintaining employment. Connect with experts in the field and get your questions answered in real-time.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and support for your family member's employment journey. Register now and secure your spot for this engaging event!
VirtualApr 26, 20249-10amCareer CentreThis session has already passed, but you can view the recording in our York 101 Videos section.
Living in Residence

At this session an important topic will be discussed which is on campus housing and living in residence. At the end of the session you will also be given the opportunity to ask questions to learn more.

Come and find out why York is the right choice for you!
VirtualMay 10, 20249-10amResidence LifeREGISTER NOW
Prioritizing Healthy Students

A virtual event highlighting tips and tricks to keep your student healthy and thriving at York!
VirtualMay 16, 20249-10amHealth EducationThis session has already passed, but you can view the recording in our York 101 Videos section.
Thriving Inside the ClassroomVirtualMay 24, 20249-10amLearning SkillsCOMING SOON
Virtual York 101's

Welcome to Virtual York 101's, where we'll explore all things York-related in a fun and interactive online setting!
VirtualMay 27, 20242-4pmStudent Community & Leadership DevelopmentREGISTER NOW
Campus Tours

Join us for a tour of York University
In PersonJun 4, 20242pmStudent Community & Leadership DevelopmentREGISTER NOW
Financial Security & Campus SafetyIn PersonJun 12, 20241-3pmStudent Financial Supports, Career Centre, & Campus SafetyCOMING SOON
York 101's: In-Person

Hey there! York 101: In-Person is all about diving deep into everything York has to offer, face-to-face style!
In PersonJun 12, 20241-3pmStudent Financial Supports, Career Centre, & Campus SafetyREGISTER NOW
Financial Security & Campus SafetyVirtualJun 20, 202410am-12pmStudent Financial Supports, Career Centre, & Campus SafetyCOMING SOON
Academic & Personal WellnessIn PersonJul 10, 20241-3pmLearning Skills, Student Counselling, & Health EducationCOMING SOON
Academic & Personal WellnessVirtualJul 18, 202410am-12pmLearning Skills, Student Counselling, & Health EducationCOMING SOON
Residence, Orientation & Campus ServicesVirtualAug 8, 202410am-12pmSCLD, Residence Life, & Campus ServicesCOMING SOON
Residence, Orientation & Campus ServicesIn PersonAug 16, 202410am-12pmSCLD, Residence Life, & Campus ServicesCOMING SOON


Interested in York?

If you are the parent or family member of a future student who is interested in York, we have all the information you need to ensure your student is prepared to apply at our Future Students site.

Accepted an offer?

If your student has applied and accepted an offer, we are so happy that you've decided to attend York. Our Current Students site is the perfect starting point for all beginning and continuing students.

At York University students should always have someone to turn to for support.

Academic Advising Offices - students can find advising geared to their specific area of study.

Learning Commons Services - brings together academic learning supports to help students with areas such as writing, library research, citing, time management, study skills, exam preparation, English language support, numeracy and math support, career planning and much more.

Learning Skills Services - the perfect place for students looking for ways to manage their time, study and learn more effectively, and keep up with readings and course work.

Those diagnosed with a physical, sensory, medical, learning, or mental health disability may want to request submit an Extenuating Circumstances for Admission Consideration. If a student has a diagnosed disability, we encourage them to identify themselves during the admissions process. Even if their circumstances don't impact their admissibility to the University (the student meets our admission requirements), we want to make sure they know about the support services we have in place. In no way will identifying themselves be a disadvantage to an application.

Fees - Understand what fees your student needs to pay and when.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries - Learn the differences between scholarships, awards and bursaries and what your student qualifies for.

Financial Aid - There are many loan and grant options available to all students.

Student On-Campus Employment - In addition to scholarships, awards and bursaries, there are numerous on-campus employment opportunities for York undergraduate students to earn extra money, gain valuable experience and contribute to University life through our Work/Study program.

Student Counselling, Health & Well-being - A dynamic team of health care professionals, peer health educators, and support staff who collaborate to provide a range of health and well-being services that foster academic success, student development and an engaged community at York University. 

Student Accessibility Services - Student Accessibility Services provides academic accommodation and support to York students in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education - We're HERE (Help, Educate, Respond, Empower) for you.

York University adheres to strict privacy policies and will not disclose any aspect of an applicant's admission file to a third party. However, applicants may choose to allow a third party, such as a parent or an educational consultant, to have access to their admission file. In such instances, the Office of Admissions requires signed permission before any applicant information is released. Our Third Party Access Permission Form is available on our Forms webpage.

The Community Safety Department's Security Services is committed to keeping York University campuses safe for everyone. All of the Security Services personnel are trained to a high professional standard to ensure your safety and to deal with any incidents that may occur.

Safety App - Designed for York U students, faculty and staff, the free app provides one-stop access to all of the University’s safety resources.

Getting around campus - To help you get around or between campuses safely, York University offers a number of different services such as goSAFE, VanGO, and the campus shuttle.

Blue Light Emergency Phones - students can connect directly with Security or goSAFE using one of the Emergency or Safety Phones located across campus.

A fun way to get a feel for campus before you even arrive is to take a Virtual Tour.

Student Life Timeline

In anticipation of commencing their university journey, students find themselves filled with a blend of anticipation and apprehension for the upcoming semester. Departing from home and their familiar support system, they may encounter a mix of excitement and unease.

To ensure a smooth transition and preparedness for the semester ahead, York University offers an array of resources.

If your student is still deciding to come to York, advise them to explore the Future Students website to learn more about the school and what sets us apart from the rest. If your student has already chosen York, then advise them to explore the Current Students website. It's the perfect starting point for all beginning and continuing students.

You will also want to ensure your student checks out all the transition and orientation events running all throughout the summer and into September. Here they can register for various information sessions that are offered both online and in person as well as campus tours and more.

If your student has a disability and requires assistance from Student Accessibility Services, it is advisable to initiate the registration process even before getting to campus.

Delve into the offerings of Student Counselling, Health and Well-being, which encompass various aspects of mental and physical well-being.

Encourage your student to follow @StudentLifeYU on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook. Our social channels are a valuable source of community building and student resource sharing.

Other Key Dates & Things to Remember:

  • July 25 - Recommended date to apply for Fall-only and Fall/Winter OSAP and submit supporting documents
  • Make sure your student knows when and how to pay their enrolment deposit
  • Get familiar with Housing Services if your student will be living on campus

During the month of September, your student will encounter numerous novel experiences and endeavor to forge connections within the campus community. They might also experience feelings of longing for home, apprehension regarding the adjustment process, or difficulties in forming new acquaintances – all of which are perfectly ordinary!

Plentiful resources are available to assist your student in adapting to university life.

Orientation Week encompasses a series of activities designed to facilitate your student's adjustment to the campus environment, academic expectations, and the discovery of a fresh social network.

Payment for the Fall Semester courses will be required in September as well as the first half of payment for residence and meal plans. You can find detailed information about these important dates and others on the Registrar's Office website.

You and your student may want to explore the various forms of financial aid offered by the university, as well as scholarships, bursaries, and student employment opportunities. You can do all of that on the Student Financial Services website.

Is your student in need of healthcare assistance? The York Federation of Students offers a very comprehensive student health and dental plan. For international and exchange students, you will want to investigate the University Health Insurance Plan. Situated on York's Keele campus, the York Lanes Mall features the Apple Tree Medical Centre, a pharmacy, optometrist, dentist and other related services.

During the month of October, students really begin to explore their student identity. This can entail learning to balance academics and social life, trying new sports and getting involved with student clubs and organizations, as well as bracing themselves for mid-term exams. During this period, students might encounter challenges around their academic performance and emotional well-being. For these reasons, October is the perfect time to reach out to your student and do a check-in.

Resources that may be helpful for students:

Student Organizations - York is home to 350+ student clubs and organizations that range in areas of interest and identity, from sports and popular culture, to religion, politics and everything in between. Being involved on campus can help a student build a strong sense of community.

Student Counselling, Health & Well-being - Here students will discover a range of health and well-being services that foster academic success, student development and an engaged community. Students will learn to manage the demands of university life while developing their personal potential.

Learning Skills Services - Students who are looking for ways to manage their time and learn more effectively will get the most out of their studies by connecting with Learning Skills Services through their many available workshops, drop-in sessions, and online resources.

By November students should be finishing up their midterms. Their attention will now shift to December's exams and final projects. Anticipation for the December winter break will also begin to build. It is important that students are able to maintain their schedules and their focus throughout the month. Students will also begin to receive grades back for their midterms and previous assignments.

Academic Success - Based upon how a student is feeling about their grades, they may begin seeking additional learning and support services at this time of year. York offers a wealth of such services including Learning Skills workshops and drop-in sessions, the Learning Commons, the library’s Research Guides, program specific academic advising, and the Writing Centre at LAPS.

November is also an excellent time for students to receive a check-in from their family and loved ones. This sort of attention will significantly motivate and encourage a student and will improve mental health.

The first part of December will be very busy for students. Final assignments will be coming due and the exam period will begin. Students will be in study mode, but also eager for the winter break that comes after exams. 

Students may experience a good deal of stress at this time of year. Encourage them to watch for and attend an stress-buster event often put on by Student Counselling, Health & Well-being or Student Organizations.

Learning Skills services has an extensive number of resources for exam preparation that all students should explore. 

Additionally, the Registrar’s Office has an Examination Tip Sheet that ensure students know how to prepare for exams and what to expect at their exams.

Important Dates - Be sure students know the date of the last day of classes and the dates of the exam period.

After a reinvigorating winter break, January marks a fresh start for students. For a small cohort of students, January may also mark the beginning of their post-secondary academic career. For this reason, there will be a host of orientation programming. The academic orientation events are directed at brand new students, while most other Winter Orientation events are open to all students.

Winter Orientation - Follow the link for a complete list of events, activities and registration information. Students will learn the ins and outs of the resources designed to support them, get to know key faculty and administrators, all while making new friends.

If they have not done so previously, now might be the perfect time for students to check out important resources such as Learning Skills Services, Student Counselling, Health & Well-being, and Student Organizations.

Winter Term Important Dates - Be sure to check the Registrar Office's Important Dates website for the first day of classes for the Winter term and other dates to remember.