FAQs

Admissions

Can I change the program I had originally applied for on my application form?

Yes, you can change the program you had originally applied to, provided you meet the admission requirements for the other program; the other program is still accepting applications; and no decision has yet been made on your file.

How you actually make the request to change the program you originally applied for depends upon how you applied in the first place. If you applied through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), you must contact them to make the change. If you applied directly to York, you should contact the Office of Admissions at 416-736-5000.

What are my next steps after I have accepted York’s offer?

Step 1: Make your way through the YU Start module
Step 2: Manage/complete your enrolment/course selection
Step 3: Pay your fees
Step 4: Apply for residence
Step 5: Explore your funding options and apply for financial assistance
Step 6: Get the support you need
Step 7: Get ready for first year

For full details, visit Student Resources.

What are the admission requirements for my program?

Admission requirements vary by program and by the school system that you are entering from. For detailed listings on admission requirements, visit the Admission Requirements page.

What are the admissions requirements for international applicants?

International applicants are required to provide proof of language proficiency. The main English language tests accepted include the TOEFL iBT which requires a score of 83, the IELTS which requires a test score of 6.5, and the YELT which requires Band 5. For full details on testing requirements and exemptions, visit Language Proficiency Requirements page.

What are transfer credits and am I eligible to receive them?

A transfer credit statement determines whether credits received from another College or University institution are deemed equal to or pertaining to the program of study you have been admitted to. The Office of Admissions completes a credit assessment and determines the amount of transfer credit you are eligible to receive.

For more information on your eligibility for transfer credits, and to learn more about course and credit assessment, visit Transfer Students website.

What happens if I don’t get accepted into my original program of choice?

If you are not admitted into your original choice of program, we will automatically consider you for another program if there are alternative options at York that you may be eligible for.

What is MyFile?

MyFile will be your go-to reference on all matters regarding your application and admission into York. For details on services offered on the site, visit MyFile.

What should I do if York’s conditional offer is ending soon, and I haven’t made a decision yet?

We recommend that you accept your conditional offer to York, so that it doesn’t time out. If you end up deciding another university is a better fit, you can always cancel your acceptance of York’s offer and accept a different one. This way you don’t lose your conditional offer and can keep your options open.

When do I find out if I have been admitted?

It takes four to eight weeks to make a decision about an application. Once we've made a decision, we send out a letter advising you of that decision. As long as we have your up-to-date address on file, you will hear from us in writing.

Where can I find my reference number?

Your reference number is printed on your acknowledgement letter. The acknowledgement letter will be sent out in the mail within 2 weeks of receiving your application. Use this reference number to check your application status.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How does York help prepare me for my first year of University?

York University is committed to offering you resources and events that help prepare you for a smooth transition into your first year.

During the summer before you begin classes in the Fall, York’s Red Zone and the Student Community and Leadership Development team assist in preparing you for a successful transition into university with resources such as YU Start and York 101. York 101 is a half-day session in which students are split into small groups and paired with senior student leaders to learn about key topics such as student finances, the York Federation of Students health plan, academic supports, YUSTART, important deadlines, and accessing key resources such as transportation/parking, food services, the library, and the bookstore. YU START on the other hand is a New Student Transition Program designed to support you as you make your way into and through your first year at York University. During this transitional program, you’ll enrol in courses, connect with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty members and student services staff, and become more familiar with campus life, supports and resources available to you.

Orientation activities include the social orientation known as Frosh Week and the academic orientation known as Orientation Day. Your academic orientation will give you the skills you need to tackle research, lectures and note-taking. Social Orientation will make York your own. Meet friends, get familiar with the campus and dance through events such as YorkFest! There are orientations for new students, their parents, international students, mature students and the LBGTQ community. For more information on orientation activities, visit YorkU Orientation website.

YUConnect is another important resource to use during your first year which helps you find student clubs and to match opportunities to your interests. You'll also create a record of your on-campus work and volunteer activity throughout your degree.

What academic resources are available for students at York?

York University offers many resources to support your success as a student. In terms of academics, you can find help with services such as:

  • The Learning Commons, where students have access to research help, writing instruction, the ESL Open Learning Centre, Learning Skills Services and the Career Centre.
  • The Writing Centre offers you access to one-to-one support, workshops, Q&A at the Learning Commons, and online support.
  • The eTutor system, run by the Writing Centre, provides feedback on assignments for Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students
  • Academic Advising Services at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies aims to provide students with the information and guidance necessary to succeeding at York.

What health facilities and resources are offered at York University?

As a student at York University, you have access to these health and fitness facilities and resources among others:

Student Resources

Am I eligible for scholarships, awards and bursaries?

Scholarships, awards and bursaries are offered to students based on different criteria.

  • Scholarships are merit based, recognizing exceptional student talent and promise, or academic excellence
  • Awards combine academic criteria and non-academic criteria such as community service, leadership, and financial need
  • Bursaries are available for students with financial need, who meet specific academic requirements

For information on scholarships, awards and bursaries available as well as their application processes, visit Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries page.

What are the tuition costs?

Academic fees are charged on either a per-credit or per-course basis, depending on the Faculty or program in which you enroll, and in most cases include tuition costs as well as supplementary fees. Additional fees may include health plans, the YU-card (where applicable) and associated course and program fees. Please note that course fees are subject to approval by York's Board of Governors in accordance with the fees guidelines set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and are subject to change. For more details, please visit the Academic Fees page.

What financial aid is available at York?

At Student Financial Services, you will find resources such as scholarships and bursaries but also advising and aid in applying for programs including Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) employment on campus. You can find all the details on financial aid available to students on Financial Aid page.

Student Life

Does York University have student clubs?

York University is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations that fall under various categories including Academic, Advocacy, Charitable, Environmental, Faith-based, Hobby, Political, Professional, and Sports.

All student clubs and organizations are now accessible in one online location - YU Connect! Created to support student needs and facilitate student engagement through co-curricular activity, YU Connect is an online database for student organizations and clubs to register, store information and attract membership. For club members, YU Connect offers a Co-Curricular Record, a tool that tracks and logs your involvement outside of class. Your Co-Curricular Record can be saved and printed at your convenience.

Does York University offer campus tours?

York holds regularly-scheduled campus tours guided by current students. You will have the chance to explore campus grounds and walk through buildings and program facilities. View the calendar and register for a tour of Keele campus.

We will also be hosting open house events, known as our Fall Campus Day, and Experience York Day on March 24th, 2018.

Academic Life

Are there any internship, practicum or co-op opportunities available at York?

Our Experiential Education opportunities within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies offer students the opportunity to engage in guided practical experiences abroad, in the community, in the workplace or in the classroom. Graduates gain the academic background and real-life experiences that are highly sought after everywhere in the world today.

For more information on opportunities available to you, please visit Experiential Education page.

How do I choose my courses?

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be prompted to go through the steps and activities of the YU Start module, a New Student Transition Program. Once you have completed YU Start you will have access to book an in-person enrolment/course selection appointment or complete your enrolment/course selection online. For more detailed information, visit Manage/Complete your enrolment/course selection page.

How many courses do I need to take in my first year at York?

The following first-year course selection recommendations are based on the assumption that the student is enrolling in 30 credits. Students may choose to take fewer than 30 credits and should consult with an adviser on which courses/credits are most important to take in first year. Many of our programs offer you the flexibility to take courses that work around your schedule in the case that you have other responsibilities and commitments to attend to.

What undergraduate program can I study?

Explore your options. Bridge disciplines. Study what you love and learn what you need! Be inspired by your passionate interests and stay true to your career goals by finding a program that meets your needs.

For detailed information on the programs that are offered by our Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, explore our programs.

Why should I choose York University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies over other universities?

Liberal Arts and Professional Studies degree programs are among the world’s most advanced in the humanities, social sciences and professional programs. They’re built on cutting-edge theory, strengthened by international and experiential education, and taught by leading experts. Our students gain deep knowledge while acquiring the critical skills they’ll need to succeed in all aspects of life. For more information, visit 6 Reasons to Choose LA&PS page.