Campus Character

Glendon has a few defining features which, taken together, give our campus an unarguably unique feel.If you were to ask a Glendonite what our campus is like, they would without a doubt mention its cozy, close-knit feel.

Glendon by numbers:



Glendon is the founding campus of York University, Canada’s 3rd largest university


student to faculty ratio


students per class on average


countries and


languages represented among students, staff and faculty


minute transit ride to downtown Toronto


more international exchanges than the national average


of the Glendon campus is a forest with access to Toronto walking trails


student clubs to choose from (more than 300 at Keele campus!)


Glendon and its Centre of Excellence officially recognized as French-language service provider by the Government of Ontario

So what’s in it for you?

Personalized attention and support from your professors and services areas? Check. Outstanding opportunities for networking? Check. An unhurried learning environment? Check. Greater opportunities for reference letters for jobs or grad school? Check. Friendly, familiar faces in the halls? Check. The chance for leaders to get noticed? Check. A campus that makes it easy to get involved? Check.

We could go on.

What makes it all the more unique? Being in Toronto, Canada’s most vibrant business, cultural, sports, and arts centre. Our students appreciate the balance of small and the city.

The Keele Campus

York’s Keele Campus is a major presence in northwest Toronto, approximately 45 minutes from Glendon by car.  Home to 50,000 students, ten faculties and a dynamic, exciting atmosphere, the Keele campus is a self-contained community with extensive facilities including restaurants, a shopping mall, a medical clinic, a dental clinic, an art gallery, and an astronomical observatory.  As a Glendonite, you’ll benefit from the classes, services, libraries, and numerous other resources available on both campuses by taking the free inter-campus shuttle.

We’re spirited.

Glendon frosh leaders pose for a group photobomb at orientation

Glendon frosh leaders pose for a group photobomb at orientation

There’s an overwhelming sense of pride on campus that manifests itself from orientation all the way to graduation.

Case in point:

Student Clubs and Organizations

Glendon’s student-run clubs promote many academic, cultural, and linguistic themes. Do you have an idea for starting a new one? You have the opportunity to get it off the ground! Watch for annual social traditions like the Snowball Formal and the Winter Carnival too.

Learn about the many other student clubs and activities at our campus open houses and during the clubs fair each September.

For the inside scoop about specific activities that our clubs participate in:

The Arts Scene

While there’s a distinct difference between the Liberal Arts (think social sciences and humanities) and the Fine Arts (think music, painting, acting), Glendon nonetheless has a lively and active arts scene.

Whether you’re interested in showcasing your talents at student-run Lunik Co-op Café‘s Café Chantant (which means Coffee House), getting your inner music nerd on with the Glendon Musical Ensemble, or flexing your acting muscles with Lionheart Productions, our student-run theatre production company, Glendon’s art scene is far from lacking.

Other opportunities to get involved include:

  • Théâtre Glendon, showcasing numerous productions over the course of the academic year as well as Glendon’s annual Fridge Festival, showing off Glendon’s talent through student organizers, directors, stage managers, and actors.
  • GDT, Glendon’s student recreational dance team aims to introduce you to a variety of styles of dance, from hip hop to tap to soca.

We do languages and international really, really well.

Picture a place where 100% of the students study in two languages — English and French, and 20% study in at least three.  A place where bilingual certification comes standard with every degree, whether you start as a complete beginner, are a high-school French grad, or a Francophone. Notice the signage, student newspaper, classes, and campus support services in both languages, and how Anglophones (about 2/3 of our students) and Francophones (about 1/3 of our students) intermingle, help each other learn the other language, and sometimes switch languages almost without noticing. Remark that campus employment fairs draw major organizations specifically looking to hire our bilingual grads.

Picture all this, and you’re starting to get a sense of how much we value languages.  You too?  Bienvenue chez vous !

Our focus on languages is perfectly complemented by the international dimension of the Glendon experience.

We want to prepare our students for an increasingly global workforce, and we celebrate the incredible diversity in our community as we do it. Here’s just a few examples:

Our students hail from over 100 countries.

Meet Isabel, a third-year Political Science student from Columbia who’s blogging about her adventures studying and living in Canada.


We’re home to Canada’s longest-standing International Studies program.

Get hands-on experience while earning credits towards your degree with an internship, or participate in our award-winning International Studies Symposium — a student-led project — where you can conduct an in-depth study of a country or region, organize an international conference, and, in some instances, visit there for a field study.

Asha A ENWe send 3 times more students on an international exchange than the national average.

This amounts to about 10% of our students. Want a peek into exchange life? Read about Asha’s experiences on her international exchange in the Netherlands.

We offer the only iBA and iBSc degrees in the country.

Our unique international Bachelor of Arts (bilingual or trilingual option!), and international Bachelor of Science degrees allow you to keep your mindset global with internationally-focused courses, a third-year exchange, and language certification when you graduate.