Ryerson University

Fact Sheet

  • 1948
  • University
  • Undergraduate
  • English
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts founder Isadore Sharp; broadcasters Wendy Mesley and Valerie Pringle; Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program, Harvard University Judith Grant Long; Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications Tony Gagliano; world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Laing; pioneering landscape architect Janet Rosenberg.

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Practical, hands-on approach to learning
  2. In heart of downtown Toronto
  3. Friendly, multicultural student body
  4. Wide number of programs; unique areas of study
  5. Co-op work placements in many programs

Courses With Kudos

Fashion/Design, Journalism, Radio/TV, Nursing, Business/Marketing, Theatre, Graphic Communications, Engineering, Urban Planning, Photography/Film

Student Sound Offs

"At Ryerson the teachers are not chosen based on their research or awards they have won; they are chosen based on their teaching ability. All my teachers know my name, and I found that they legitimately care about their students."

"Because the campus is rather small and right in the middle of downtown, the buildings close in around the area and makes it feel more welcoming ... a cozy space that is separated from the loud streets ... There are always places to go close by, whether it be just hanging out, to grab lunch or shop."

"I like that there are many cultures and can get along and interact with each other with respect. I have many interactions with people with backgrounds from India, Philippines, China, Spain. Italy."

"People are down-to-earth. They are not over-privileged, competitive overachievers."

"Everyone is here because they are passionate about their programs, and it shows."

"School spirit is almost none existent outside of rez. Very large commuting population so every one goes home [after classes]. People need to travel for 40 minutes or more in most cases ... they don't have time to stick around and contribute to school spirit."

"We are always compared to UofT [and] called 'Rye High' ... Yes, our buildings are like giant high schools with lockers and all, but we are a great university."

"The Recreation/Athletic Centre is great! They have like-new equipment, great hours, friendly staff!"

"The student newspapers provide excellent coverage of campus news and allow a forum of heated, but thought-provoking, debate. Overall, the school does a very good job of encouraging student involvement on campus and critical thinking about important issues facing our community."

"The homeless population that hangs around the school spreads a sense of uneasiness, and adds to the feeling of an unsafe campus."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: Ryerson University
Institution size classification: Large   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A- B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors A- B
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A- B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process C+ B
Number of Courses to Choose From B B+

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus B- B-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B+ B
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A- B+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size A- B
Average # of Students in First Year Class 122 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 13% 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 48% 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 39% 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B- B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B+ B
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line A- B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B- B-
Student Residences B- B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B- B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B- B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B+ B+
Study Spaces in the Library B- B-
Library Hours of Operation A- A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career A- B
Reputation of the University Among Employers A- B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B+ B-
Career and Employment Services B+ B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located A B+
Quality of Public Transportation B+ B
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B+ B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops A- B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing D C

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ A-
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 58% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B B
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B+ B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students A- B+