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York has a student population of approximately 51,000, 7,000 staff, and 200,000 alumni worldwide. It has eleven faculties, including the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Schulich School of Business, Osgoode Hall Law School, Glendon College, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Fine Arts, York/Sheridan Design, the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, and 24 research centres.


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York University has always enjoyed strong participation in the Canadian Space Program. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is Canada’s primary research facility into Martian exploration and has designed several space research instruments and applications currently used by NASA. York’s school of social work is recognized as having one of the most socially responsive programs in the country. York University’s business school and law school have continuously been placed among the top schools in Canada.

York University alumni, faculty, or former faculty have been awarded one Nobel Prize and 14 Pulitzer Prizes. York has educated some of the current directors and one CEO of two of the major banks in Canada (Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal), the largest and most prominent media networks in Canada (CTV Television Network, Rogers Communications, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and numerous judges, diplomats, and senior politicians including the current Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada, the Minister of Finance of Canada, the Attorney General of Ontario, the President of the Privy Council of Canada and the Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. Astronaut Steve MacLean was educated at York University in the physics department and later taught there before going to work at NASA.

York’s approximately 2,450 full-time faculty and academic librarians are represented by the York University Faculty Association. Contract faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants are represented by CUPE Local 3903.

York has more than 50,000 students enrolled. Many students come from the Greater Toronto Area, but there is a sizeable population of students from across Canada and abroad, making York one of the most international universities in Canada. To serve this large population, there are 225 student clubs and organisations; six student-run publications and three broadcast programs; six art galleries; 33 on-campus eateries; and a retail mall. Undergraduate students at York are represented by the York Federation of Students, a student-elected body that sponsors most of the clubs and engages in lobbying with the university administration and the provincial and federal governments.

York offers 29 interuniversity sport teams, 12 sport clubs, 35 intramural sport leagues, special events and 10 pick-up sport activities offered daily.

Notable Alumni:

  • Jay Manuel, makeup artist, fashion photographer and creative director of the America’s Next Top Model and Canada’s Next Top Model TV shows
  • Rachel McAdams, Hollywood actress known for her roles in Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, Sherlock Holmes and The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Steven Page, musician, former lead singer for the Barenaked Ladies
  • MalinÅkerman, Hollywood actress known for her roles in 27 Dresses, “Watchmen”