York University

Fact Sheet

  • 1959
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What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Big suburban school with large commuter population
  2. Highly multicultural, socially progressive
  3. Casual, friendly atmosphere
  4. Many large classes, but well-liked professors
  5. Battles being in shadow of University of Toronto

Courses With Kudos

Business/management, Music, Fine Art, Accounting, Education, Law, Theatre Studies, francophone programs (Glendon).

Student Sound Offs

"The students are divided into different colleges depending on faculty and major. This helps build small communities were students can get involved and feel as though they have a home away from home."

"More people need to know about the Glendon campus. It is one of a kind in offering people a chance to attend a bilingual campus and learn French as they get their degree."

"The profs are great and really willing to help you, even if it's a huge lecture. Make yourself known and it will pay off."

"York's stance on education is multi-disciplinary; educators take time to cite other perspectives, ones you might not hear in a non-inter-disciplinary school."

"Compared with my previous university, the level of interaction between students and professors is very high. One can always get feedback or advice."

"The sheer volume of students admitted often leaves classes overcrowded and hinders personal learning time with instructors. It is often difficult to get into classes which are required for my degree."

"York University is terrible at providing students with one-on-one advising sessions with people in administration who can help students with enrolment, financial, and any other administrative issues. I don't know why."

"The administration is a mess! It is very difficult trying to figure out policies and rules when it comes to completing the requirements of a degree program, and different people give different answers to questions."

"York U is a commuter's school. The majority of students go to school to attend class and then leave the campus immediately. I am also guilty of this. I think if I were to stay in residence, my university life would be more active."

"There is a saying, 'if you can hold a fork, you can go to York.' This is not true because we have some of the brightest minds in the country and the classes are demanding."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: York 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 C+ B

Quality of Teaching

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

Academic Resources

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

Campus Atmosphere

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

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B- B
Average # of Students in First Year Class 222 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 9% 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 26% 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 64% 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 33% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 45% 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 22% 21%

Technology

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

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls C+ B-
Student Residences C B
General Attractiveness of Buildings C+ 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 C B-
Library Hours of Operation B+ A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career C+ B
Reputation of the University Among Employers C B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities C- 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 B- 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 C+ B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing C- 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 51% 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 C+ B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students B B+