York University is a big place. And when you first start here it can seem a bit daunting, overwhelming and too large for you liking. That is where the York College system comes in. The colleges provide a community within the larger York community, and it’s a great way to make friends, and access the resources that will help your success at university.
There are 9 colleges in total. Each college has an affiliated residence and faculties. Students are automatically assigned based on their program or the residence they choose to live in, although you can choose to change your college affiliation.
So here they are:
Bethune College – affiliated with the Faculty of Science and the Lassonde School of Engineering. They have the symbol of the dragon.
Calumet College – affiliated with the Faculty of Health, Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
Founders College – also affiliated with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies with a focus on ‘Self, Culture & Society’.
Glendon – a college as well as a separate campus from the larger Keele campus! They specialize in Liberal Arts and they do so in both English and French.
McLaughlin College – Focused on the Improvement of Society and affiliated with Sociology, Political Science, Global Political Studies, Criminology, Social Science programs. This college does not share the same name as it’s residence…theirs is called Tathum Hall.
New College – the newest college at York in case you couldn’t tell by the name, and they are also affiliated with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. New College is affiliated with Pond Residence.
Stong College – Affiliated with the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, as well as students who are in Nursing, Kinesiology, English, Creative Writing and Professional Writing Programs.
Vanier College – Business and Society, Humanities, and Philosophy programs are affiliated.
Winters College – Affiliated with the Faculty of Fine Arts as well as Communication Studies, Education and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. A rare student run pub called the Absinthe is housed in and affiliated with Winters College.
As a new student at York, your first interaction with you college will be at Frosh Week! Each college puts on their on events and it’s a great way to be welcomed into your college community.
Each college also has its own student government, which organizes events, intramurals and provides services to it’s members.