The College System

A distinguishing feature of York University is the college system which uniquely bridges the large multi-Faculty University to smaller units for a closer relationship between faculty members and students. York colleges are small interdisciplinary communities, with distinctive characters and mandates, that offer a welcoming, innovative and convivial environment supportive of students’ successful adjustment to the university and the successful completion of their degree requirements. Each undergraduate student entering York University for the first time becomes affiliated with a college based on their choice of a major or residence. The eight colleges serving students on the Keele campus - Calumet, Founders, McLaughlin, New, Norman Bethune, Stong, Vanier and Winters - provide a wide range of academic and extracurricular programming and activities to complement the instructional programs of the various Faculties and to enrich the experience of the York student. College facilities may include common rooms, dining halls, coffee shops, study areas, computer rooms, seminar and small lecture rooms, in addition to a variety of recreational facilities. Most colleges accommodate about 260 out-of-town students, about 5 per cent of the total college enrolment, in well-equipped residences adjacent to college buildings. For further information, please consult the Academic Services and Support section.

The college is self-governed in its day-to-day activities by both faculty members and students. Each college is administered by a Master and academic adviser, and by the residence life coordinator and dons in the residence. Each college also has a College Council, elected by students, which plans and finances a full range of social, cultural and athletic programs. Academic Orientation and Peer Advising, especially for first-year students in each college, are coordinated by the college’s academic adviser with the support of specially trained upper-level students. Fellows, who are valued members of the college and York community, offer additional support in accordance with the academic mandate of each college.

Colleges are affiliated with Faculties to support the academic mandate and enhance the student experience for Faculties. Colleges will continue to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to academic life. The Faculty affiliations for colleges are:

  • Calumet College - Faculty of Health and Schulich School of Business
  • Founders College - Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • McLaughlin College - Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  • New College - Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  • Norman Bethune College - Faculty of Science and Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Stong College - Faculty of Health and Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  • Vanier College - Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  • Winters College - School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design

Glendon College, which is a constituent Faculty, offers daytime bilingual (French and English) undergraduate programs on a separate campus. Please consult the Glendon section for further information.

College Programs

The college programs provide a variety of cocurricular events and activities that support the distinctive academic mandates of each college and enhance the student experience. Each college residence offers one or two living learning communities, in which students who share an interest in the theme live and work together to enhance their experience. All the colleges offer speakers’ series and academic support sessions in addition to opportunities for social interactions. The colleges are located in two complexes with both offering recreational space, study space, an updated computer lounge and a wireless environment for students who bring their own laptop computers. Events offered by the colleges can be found on each college’s website (see below) or by referring to:

Click on one of the colleges below for more information.

Calumet College

Location: 301 Calumet College
Tel.: 416-736-5098
Master: Myriam Mongrain, e-mail:

Calumet College was founded in 1970, sixth of the eight undergraduate colleges. It was initially housed in the Steacie Library and later at Atkinson. The unique character of Calumet College life and governance developed during the many years in Atkinson when Calumet served only commuter students. Master Eric Winter opened the college's first computer lab and introduced computer-related college courses. In 1991, through the leadership of Master Peggy Keall, Calumet College and Calumet Residence buildings were opened. Calumet is affiliated primarily with the Faculty of Health and its programs in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Health Informatics, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, and also with the Schulich School of Business. Our mandate, “enterprising minds” conveys the spirit of intellectual inquiry, effort, and accomplishment that is characteristic of successful university education.

Calumet provides services, facilities and opportunities for students in all aspects of university life: academic, social, cultural and recreational. All members of the Calumet community - students, Fellows, alumni, alumnae and administration - are encouraged to participate. The name Calumet is an aboriginal word meaning “peacepipe”, or strictly speaking the kind of rock from which a peacepipe is carved, which explains why Calumet is the only college at York which does not have a flag – instead it has a rock!  The name was chosen to recognize and respect Canada’s aboriginal heritage and culture, and Calumet College continues to give life to that intention through its partnership with an urban aboriginal organization, Anduhyaun Inc., and its affiliation with the Aboriginal Students Association at York.

Behind all of Calumet's activities there is a fundamental point of view, a theme, which celebrates the individual in community. It cherishes the differences among its students; it seeks to demonstrate the role of lively discussion and eventual consensus through mutual tolerance and understanding. Calumet College Council (CCC) and Calumet Residence Council (CRC) provide opportunities to get more involved in college life. CCC publishes an interactive online blog via their website,  CCC organizes social events, recreational sports, workshops, and speaker series ( Calumet teams play in a wide range of intramural sports: hockey, broomball, water polo, softball and soccer to name a few. Throughout the year, students organize a variety of social activities including dances, movie nights, gala dinners and other events. Elections for positions on CCC occur in March, and planning for the activities of the upcoming school year is initiated soon after.

Calumet College is also committed to supporting student success. To this end, the College offers the PASS program where trained upper year students who have been successful offer study sessions for ‘high challenge’ courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. The College is also committed to supporting first year transition through the HealthAid Network Course-Based Peer Mentorship Program. This program brings just-in-time information regarding campus resources, ways to get involved, and important deadlines to students in all core 1000 classes in Health. Write to Succeed is another program offered through the College that specializes in peer writing support and consists of 15 minute drop in sessions in the Student Success Centre. This program is open to all students regardless of college affiliation and helps students with citations, essays, reflections and lab reports. The Agents of Change program provides opportunities for students to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills through co-curricular and extra-curricular project development and implementation.  This program supports students’ personal and professional development as engaged citizens. Finally, the Create Your Future program is designed to help students explore academic choices and future careers by introducing them to graduate and professional school opportunities and a variety of career paths in Canada and Internationally.

The Calumet Residence consists of 43 six-person coeducational suites. Suites normally have four single and one double bedroom. Each suite also includes a lounge area, a kitchenette and two bathrooms. The suites are grouped into seven houses, each with a don: The entire residence is overseen by the residence life coordinator. Suite members are responsible for cleaning their own room; the cleaning of the common spaces, such as kitchens, lounges, entrances and stairwells, is shared by all suite members. Each room is equipped with high-speed Ethernet drops allowing students to access the Internet, e-mail and all the online services York provides their students.

Founders College

Location: 216 Founders College, Tel.: 416-736-5148
Master: Mauro Buccheri, e-mail:

Founders College was the first college established on the Keele campus and it is proud of the role that its Fellows and students have played and continue to play in the development of York University. The theme of Founders College is “Self, Culture and Society”, which reflects the special interests of the college in its 24 program affiliations that range from anthropology, French studies, Italian studies and history to African studies, environmental studies, social work and equity studies, as well as its strong commitment to internationalism and contemporary ethical and political issues.

The Fellows of Founders are professors from a number of different departments who have come together to support the college’s goals. Many of the Fellows have their offices in the college and are available for interaction with Founders students. The Fellows, with the students, are the lifeblood of the community; they are active in many ways, especially in fostering their academic interests in an interdisciplinary environment, organizing cocurricular events such as seminars and conferences, and participating in the advising program for Founders students, under the direction of the college academic advisor. A network of peer mentors is also operated by the academic advisor for the benefit of all Founders students.

The following program-related student groups are associated with the college: Undergraduate History Students Association, Students for Canadian Studies, Feminist Action student group, Health and Society Student Association, International Development Association, Linguistics Student Association @ York, Undergraduate Sexuality Studies Association. A complete list of student clubs affiliated with Founders College can be found at Founders College also houses the Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, the Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library (also recently enlarged, with a bigger focus on its international collection), the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Speech and Psycholinguistics Laboratory. The college supports a variety of activities related to the arts, including an annual Music Night organized by staff and students. The college has an attractive assembly hall, newly renovated large junior common room and a student lounge located in the basement of the College. Lectures and colloquia are regularly offered in a wide variety of academic and cultural areas associated with the college. Finally, Founders is home to one of Canada’s most prestigious popular/academic feminist journal, Canadian Woman Studies Journal/les cahiers de la femme & Inanna Publications.

The college is governed by the master, the college academic life coordinator and the administrative coordinator, assisted by an office staff as well as by a variety of committees involving Fellows and students. A student council, Founders College Student Council (FCSC), administers an important budget derived from an annual operating grant, and organizes a variety of social events and programs for Founders students.

The college encourages in its students both active participation in college life and academic excellence. The College Life at York (CLAY) program offers students the opportunity to work and get involved in the College during the academic year. Founders College tries to remain faithful to what is best in the collegial tradition - hard study, stimulating interaction between Fellows and students and a lively community spirit.

McLaughlin College

Location: 226 McLaughlin College, Tel.: 416-736-5128
Website: Master's Office:
Student Council:
Master: David Leyton-Brown, e-mail:

Founded in 1968, McLaughlin College was named in honour of the late Colonel R. S. McLaughlin, business pioneer and philanthropist and first honourary degree recipient at York. Public policy is the academic mandate of the college. The college is dedicated to fostering knowledge and critical attitudes about public policy. Students with the following majors are affiliated with McLaughlin College:

  • Sociology
  • Political Science and Global Political Studies
  • Social Science and programs in Law & Society, Criminology, and Work & Labour Studies
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • All Tatham Hall residence students are also McLaughlin students, regardless of major

McLaughlin College is a home away from home for its students. There is plenty of student space, such as the student lounge (016 MC), which has a large video screen and frequent coffee houses with entertainment. The College hosts more than 20 very active student clubs, including a club for each of the academic disciplines affiliated with the College. Social and cultural activities include trips to special musical and theatre events in Toronto organized by the McLaughlin College Student Council (145 MC). Experience on the College Council presents an amazing leadership opportunity. Its athletic program is oriented to winning the York Torch. Social activities include talent nights, special Halloween and Valentine’s Day dances, a year-end dinner formal, ski trips and visits to Ottawa, Montreal and other destinations. A well-equipped weight room, Dyna-Macs, is available to students on a membership basis. Locker rooms with showers are adjacent.

Special attention is given to inviting policy analyses and review aimed at improving our society - the local community, the province, Canada and the global commons. A full range of cocurricular and extracurricular activities fills the college public policy program: panel discussions, lectures and noon-hour lunch talks on issues of the day. Public policy concerns that are either national or international in scope are included in the series of symposia.

Each year McLaughlin features an annual public policy address by a person of distinction in the field of public policy. Other forums on matters important to student life - gender concerns, academic integrity, aboriginal issues, study and life skills - enhance the varied cocurricular program. We try to carry on the ideal of the college’s first master, George Tatham, by providing an environment for the development of the all-round, “whole person”. The college sponsors a University-wide poetry contest at our annual Burns Night, welcomes student and faculty performers in our monthly coffee houses and encourages students to become active in intramural and intercollegiate athletics. We also organize special art shows in our gallery.

Through our affiliation with the Faculty departments, student associations representing majors in law and society, labour studies, political science, public policy and administration, global political studies, social science, and sociology are invited to make McLaughlin College their base of activities. These groups work with the master and with McLaughlin College Council to develop cocurricular programs for students majoring in those fields and for the wider community.

The college provides offices for Fellows from a wide variety of York’s departments. Fellows are available to students for advice about courses and careers.

McLaughlin College serves both non-residence and residence students. McLaughlin’s 13-storey Tatham Hall offers single and double-room accommodation in six houses for men and women. Each house has a common recreation room. The residence life coordinator and dons work closely with house presidents and an active residence council. A full calendar of residence events provides a rounded social and cultural life on campus. The master of McLaughlin, the academic advisor and their administrative staff have an open door policy. They warmly welcome students who drop by for information, advice or a social visit. Tatham Hall hosts a living, learning, “themed house” on the fourth and fifth floors, where students interested in politics, law and public policy issues participate in activities such as visits to Parliament, Queen’s Park and courts, as well as social and academic events.

New College

Location: 140 Atkinson Building, 416-736-5233
Master: Christian Marjollet, e-mail:

New College opened its doors on July 1, 2009. Despite its young age, New College has a proud history. Formerly Atkinson College, it is now one of the four colleges in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS). It supports three large professional schools, namely the School of Administrative Studies, the School of Human Resource Management and the School of Information Technology. New College has the largest number of international and mature students.

New College has a mandate to help first-year students transition from high school and supports professionally-oriented students through their programs of study. To this end, the college organizes three Orientation Days (Fall, Winter and Summer), sponsors case competitions, career workshops, professional networking events and symposia. There is also an opportunity to be involved in co-curricular activities that include study groups, mentoring and workshops on topics such as health, studying abroad, international internship, Microsoft Excel, professional software and event planning. New College offers work/study opportunities to its students all year round. New Beat, New College Newsletter, is published every month, all year round.

The college has a strong group of student leaders represented by the New College Council. The college also houses six clubs:

New College is affiliated with Pond Road Residence.

New College continues a strong tradition of connecting students, faculty, staff and the professional community, and of developing ties with its alumni.

Each Wednesday members of the New College community can meet for coffee, and connect with one another.

Norman Bethune College

Location: 207 Norman Bethune College, Tel.: 416-736-5164, e-mail:
Master: John Amanatides, e-mail:

Norman Bethune College is named in honour of the famous Canadian physician and social activist who became a Chinese folk hero. Bethune College whose theme is “Science and Society”, is affiliated with the Faculty of Science and the Lassonde School of Engineering. The college welcomes students from these disciplines as well as any York student who is interested in science and society, in our clubs and facilities, our intramural sports teams, our college council and our academic courses.

On the social side, the college houses a number of student clubs, including the Archery Club, Astronomy Club, Atmospheric Science, Biophysics Club, Canadian Association for Research in Regenerative Medicine, Canadian Immunology Research Association, Chemistry Society, CS Hub, Cyber Troops, Dragon Boat Club, Dental Association, Engineering Society, Fencing at York, Free the Children, Kendo Club, Let’s Talk Science, NATS-AID, Physics Society, Pre-med Society, Robogals, Robotics Society, Ultimate Frisbee at York and the YAMA Anime and Manga Association.

The Bethune Athletic Council enters teams in both competitive and recreational sports for the York Torch award. Bethune’s College Council is a communal blend of elected and appointed students and representatives from the college's alumni, Fellows and the Master's Office. This council receives a portion of your student activity fees and uses it to fund social events, the college newspaper - The Lexicon, concerts, orientation events and a variety of worthwhile campus activities. We welcome and encourage student participation.

Bethune College also provides friendly and accessible student academic support and co-curricular opportunities - e.g. programs that can help you identify potential careers and professional paths. The college hosts a comprehensive academic orientation for new students as well as a week-long math review session before classes start. All new students are assigned peer-mentors, knowledgeable upper-year students who can help with the transition to university life. Bethune students are also served by the Student Ombuds Service (SOS), a walk-in office and resource centre, staffed by knowledgeable upper-year students who can assist you in all manner of academic and personal issues. The Bethune Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorial support, by appointment, to help you develop university-level critical writing skills. A free peer-tutoring service is available every day in the Study Hall (BC 202) and the Life Sciences Learning Commons (LSB 104). Facilitated Study Groups are available in many difficult courses. Bethune College's Fellows (faculty, staff and community members) and Junior Fellows (graduate students) are a diverse group who provide a wide range of skills and interests, knowledge and wisdom.

Bethune College offers academic (for credit) elective Peer Leadership courses. In addition to courses, Bethune offers a rich mix of seminars, speakers, discussion groups and special programs of interest to students and faculty alike.

The residence has a mix of single rooms, double rooms and apartment-style suites. Save for one female-only floor all floors are coed. The Life Sciences House allows students to live with others have similar interests. An in-house cafeteria offers a full menu of healthy and varied fare.

Stong College

Location: 314 Stong College, Tel.: 416-736-5132
Master: Mazen Hamadeh, e-mail:

Founded in 1969, Stong College is named for the pioneering Stong family, who came to this area from Pennsylvania in 1800 and farmed the lands upon which York University is built. Stong takes pride in its roots in a pioneer heritage, which finds its modern counterpart in the immigrants of today.

Several themes have traditionally characterized Stong College: it welcomes diversity of thought, experience and academic specialization. Stong College is affiliated with the Faculties of Health and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

In 2006 the College embraced its affiliation with the Faculty of Health and now welcomes all students from the School of Nursing and the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, in addition to supporting students affiliated with programs in English. Stong College has shown a consistent commitment to the study of sport as a social institution. The college houses the School of Kinesiology and Health Science’s specialized certificate program in Athletic Therapy. Moreover, its students have participated enthusiastically and successfully in Recreation York’s inter-college sports programs. Stong College has won The Torch 30 times since its inception, the most of all other colleges.

The scholarly pursuit of these subjects has given the college a multicultural flavour. Pride in human caring, the rich multiculturalism of Stong College, York University, Metropolitan Toronto and Canada goes well with another theme of the college: its strong social commitment. Through programs with a neighbouring school and other projects, the college is pleased to acknowledge its inseparable relationship with the society around us and its debt to it. Of particular pride is its commitment to curricular, cocurricular and extra curricular experiential education for students in the immediate Jane-Finch community and beyond.

As a college concerned and involved in all aspects of student life, Stong has a wide variety of facilities and programs that reflect the diversity of life at Stong. The Stong College Residence serves both domestic and international students and residents affiliated with York and with Seneca at York. There are 14 floors in total, all floors are co-ed but one, which is a female-only floor and the capacity is 260. There are also numerous ways to get involved with Stong. Students can volunteer and develop their leadership skills in a variety of programs as well as work with the Master’s Office on program design, development, and evaluation. Please check out our website for more information.

The Samuel J. Zacks Art Gallery, whose mandate is to feature student art, has a number of showings throughout the year that feature the work of traditional and native, international and professional artists. The Orange Snail pub and coffee shop provides many opportunities for discussion, debate and celebration of life at Stong and York.

Stong College is committed to supporting student success. To this end, the College offers the PASS program where trained upper-year students who have taken the course and done well offer weekly study sessions for ‘high challenge’ courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. Peer Tutoring is another program offered through the College that provides course-based academic support to students in challenging courses. Peer Tutors are students who have previously successfully taken the course and trained to help students one-on-one understand difficult concepts.The College is also committed to supporting first year transition through the HealthAid Network Course-Based Peer Mentorship Program. This program brings just-in-time information regarding resources on campus to help students succeed, ways to get involved and important deadlines to students in all core 1000 classes in Health on a bi-weekly basis. The Agents of Change program provides opportunities for students to develop entrprenaeurial and leadership skills through co-currciular and extra curricular project development and implementation.  This program supports students’ personal and professional development as engaged citizens.  Finally, the Create Your Future program is designed to help students explore academic choices and future careers by introducing them to graduate and professional school opportunities and a variety of career paths in Canada and internationally. Graduate Students (Graduate Peer Mentors), Alumni and Fellows from a variety of disciplines provide mentorship, guidance and advice to students regarding post-graduation matters. Additionally, the Student Success Coordinators, the Residence Life Coordinator, the Student Development Assistant, and staff of the Master’s Office are available and an enthusiastic resource of people intent on helping you gain the most from your university career.

Stong has a rich tradition of supporting the financial needs of its students through a wide and varied bursary and scholarship program. Funded in large part by active and involved alumni, these awards reflect the caring side of our college and provide evidence that our students’ commitment and involvement with Stong continues beyond graduation.

Stong College is a happy and vibrant college that values and honours diversity, academic endeavours and achievement. The college encourages initiative and provides numerous opportunities for fulfillment and invites you to embrace the Stong “way” through a lifestyle of active participation in the rich mosaic of cultural, social and athletic life here at Stong.

Vanier College

Location: 254 Vanier College, 416-736-5192
Master: Stanley Tweyman, e-mail:

Vanier College is proudly named after Governor General Georges Vanier, one of the most distinguished and socially conscientious Canadians of the 20th century, who himself embodied the humanistic values of this institution. The College is comprised of students, residents, Fellows and staff, all of whom contribute to our academic and social life.

The mandated academic areas affiliated with Vanier College are: business and society (BUSO); economics, including business economics and financial and business economics; humanities, including children's studies, classical studies, classics, culture and expression, hellenic studies, individualized studies, Jewish studies, and religious studies; philosophy; social and political thought; and undecided majors.

Vanier College is governed in its day-to-day activities by the master, Stanley Tweyman, support staff, and student government. Academic support is provided by the College Master, academic advisor, and a team of peer advisors. Fellows, including distinguished researchers, award winning lecturers and internationally acclaimed writers, contribute to the academic and social life of the college. Vanier provides a forum for interaction among students, Fellows, faculty, administrators, and affiliates, whereby knowledge and skills can be shared. Among these are: cocurricular lectures; student learning skills and informational workshops; academic talks; and performances through Vanier College Productions.

Vanier College Council, our student government, is central to college life and organizes social and sports activities, through which students can enhance their university experience. Vanier College Council also supports a literary journal, Existere, and a student newspaper, The Vandoo. Vanier College Productions, student theatre company, provides students from all areas of the University with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of theatre, music, comedy, and improvisation. A number of student clubs are housed in Vanier College.

Student space is provided in Vanier College for study and/or to socialize and relax. As well, we have the Fred Thury Studio Theatre for Vanier College Productions’ performances, and the Judith Rosner-Siegel Resource collection in classical studies.

Vanier College aims to provide a home on campus for every member of its diverse community, seeking to link them to each other and to the larger University.

Winters College

Location: 121 Winters College, 416-650-8199
Master: John Mayberry, email:

Winters College is named in honour of the late Robert Winters, first Chair of York University's Board of Governors. The college has a primary affiliation with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design and shares the common goal of providing an environment where the support and expression of creativity is paramount. Winters is also affiliated with Communication Studies and these students are a lively presence in the college.

Through the Master’s Office, events are planned with a view to offering both commuter and resident students the chance to be inspired, educated, challenged and entertained. Workshops, performances, film screenings, presentations, special lectures and conferences are offered.

Wandering around the college building is a visual and auditory treat. One can catch a glimpse of a dance recital or music practice taking place in the Junior Common Room or the Dining Hall, or see the work of many of York’s visual artists, both student and faculty, hanging on the walls, in the courtyards and in the Eleanor Winters Art Gallery. Music, poetry and spoken word performances are regularly staged here, in the Junior and Senior Common rooms and the Winters Dining Hall and also the Art Gallery. Similar events also take place in the Absinthe Coffee Shop and Pub, the heart of the college and a popular venue for emerging local bands. The Ab has been student run since the 60's and is managed by Winters College Council, a lively mix of resident and commuter students who also organize social orientation, the Formal, and various other events throughout the year. Winters College Council and the Master’s Office work in close collaboration and our primary concern is the creation of a rich cultural, social and academic milieu for all Winters’ students. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Winters clubs are not exclusively Fine Arts. Many of the students who are affiliated with us come from a wide variety of disciplines, and this diversity informs and enriches the community. Our a Capella group, WIBI, has members from many disciplines, and we are home to the York University Portuguese Association. Other clubs are Beard Appreciation Society, Creative Arts Student Association, Communication Studies Students’ Association, Dance Students Association, Digital Media Student Association (DMSA), Faculty of Education Students Association, Film Students Association, Guitarists League, Golden Key International Honour Society (York Chapter), Hallyu Dongari – Korean Culture Club, I Dance Zouk – Lambada Club, International Ballroom Dance Association, Latin Fusion Dance Club, Music Students Association, Ministry of Magic, Salsa Club, Students for York (S4Y), Theatre Student Association, Unity at York, V-Day at York, Visual Arts Students Association, Winters Community Art Club and Winters Free Press.

Winters has long been known for its vitality and creative spirit and it is also a community of serious scholars where academic excellence is fostered. We have our own Winters student peer advisors and advising booth where students can come to get information, discuss both academic and personal issues and talk to peer advisers. They can also come to speak to our academic advisor. Throughout the college a variety of study spaces - the junior common room, the dining hall and in the warmer months, the courtyard - offer students a place to talk, to curl up with a book or to simply find a quiet retreat. Winters scholarships, bursaries and book prizes are offered yearly.