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Support Services

This section is designed to provide current students with information about the wide variety of support services available on campus. Mostly it brings together access to such services in one location.

Support services include peer advising and peer-assisted study groups (via Bethune College), career planning and employment opportunities, services for international students, and numerous university-wide offices for a wide range of services such as counselling and accessibility, human rights, leadership development, sports and recreation, etc.

This is a University-wide collection of resources to assist students in finding academic help through Colleges, peers, and tutors. Click here to access the Study Hub.

Bethune College is the “home” for Science students. Colleges exist to help make a big university feel small. They are a place to study, hang out, and participate in a smaller, more intimate setting. They are a place where you can feel at home.

Everyone is assigned to a college when they enter York based on either their program of study or the residence that they live in.  Students in the Faculty of Science, those in the Lassonde School of Engineering and those that are in the Bethune Residence are automatically members of the college.

Wish you could study for a class with a group of classmates but don’t know enough people in the course? With Peer Assisted Study Groups or PASS senior students (PASS leaders) who have previously done well in the course help students work together to achieve success.

At the Bethune Writing Centre students can seek help with academic writing. This includes proofreading, citations and references, and advice and feedback on graded work. Sessions can be one-on-one or in a group. It’s best to make an appointment!

SOS Peer Mentoring pairs first year students with an upper year student in the same program. Your peer mentor will help you make a smooth transition into life at York.

SOS Peer Tutoring provides students with extra help for specific courses on homework, assignments, test preparation and so on. There’s a schedule for each course but you can simply drop in.

Graduate peer mentors are either graduate students or alumni SOS Peer Leaders who guide and advise upper-year Bethune College students about their future aspirations.

All of the above services are free of charge.

Science Academic Services (SAS) is the undergraduate advising office for all Science students at York. The SAS team takes great pride in providing exceptional student service. You will find that the SAS staff are friendly, have your best interests in mind, and will work with you to resolve issues.

If you are uncertain about a procedure, regulation, or policy, Science Academic Services is the first place you should visit. SAS has advisors available during regular office hours. The Office of Science Academic Services believes in an open door policy and provides advising for all students within the Faculty.

A quick way to ask a question is via the Live Chat link on most pages on this web site. Student Client Services in the Registrar’s Office also has an online tool called “Ask a Student Service Expert.” You can type in your question and get a response instantly.

Contact SAS here.

SAS employs students in various capacities via the Work/Study program managed by Student Financial Services. Please check for open positions.

The Career Centre is the key resource to help you plan your career and find employment. There are a variety of workshops and guest speakers to help you discover your path and polish your resume and interview skills. The Career Centre also has workshops to help students decide on post-graduate institutions and how to apply for them.

On-Campus Employment

There are numerous opportunities through programs such as Work-Study, RAY, … visit the Career Centre site for On-campus Work.

The Faculty of Science regularly hires students for work-study positions. These positions can be in Science Academic Services working as a student advisor or clerk, working in a department or in the Dean’s Office. Opportunities vary throughout the year and are posted on the Career Centre website. For more information on how to apply, the visit the Student Financial Services website.  To view current jobs visit the Career Centre’s online posting system.

Research Opportunities as an Undergraduate

The Research at York (RAY) program allows undergraduate students to participate in research projects while receiving compensation at a competitive rate. More information about eligibility and application can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

The Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada awards Undergraduate students with high academic standing at Canadian Universities with a research grant. The purpose of the grant is to enhance your academic experience and encourage your interest in pursuing research careers. More information about eligibility and the application process can be found here.

Please also see information about other undergraduate research opportunities in the Faculty of Science in the My Degree section of this website.

York has a wide variety of mental health and wellness resources available for our students, faculty and staff. Please visit the York Mental Health and Wellness website to access resources such as:

Appletree Medical Centre
Big White Wall - free online mental health and wellbeing service
BounceBack Ontario - free skill-building program
Student Accessibility Services
And so much more

The Student Counselling and Development office supports students at York with resources such as individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and access to other services that help students realize and fulfill their personal potential. Click here to access the Student Counselling and Development website.

The Learning Commons is a gateway to learning skills development, writing skills, library research skills. Please click here to visit the Learning Commons website and see what workshops and resources are available to you.

Please click here to access the York Alternate Exam and Test scheduling website for students with registered accommodations.

Please click here to access the York Student Financial Services website for details about fees, scholarships and bursaries, financial aid, on-campus work programs.

Please click here to access the website for the Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR) which supports students impacted by critical incidents, facing personal crises or multiple complex issues.

Please click here to access the website for The Centre for Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD). The SCLD is in place to assist students with their transition into university life and to ensure their continued growth and engagement throughout their time at the university. SCLD provides the tools and guidance to do this through our extensive offering of programs and workshops. From transition programming, nutrition, sexual health and healthy living to leadership skills, community building, involvement and residence life, SCLD is committed to fostering an environment in which students are empowered to be successful.