The College System

A distinguishing feature of York University is the College System, designed to maintain the basic ideal of the closest possible relationship between teacher and student within the context of a large multi-faculty university.

The seven colleges at York serving daytime students are: McLaughlin, Bethune, Calumet, Founders, Stong, Vanier, and Winters. If you are a part of another college and would like to become affiliated with McLaughlin College, you must fill out a Change of College Affiliation Form (PDF).

What is a college?

A college is a community of students, professors and college Fellows, administrative support staff and facilities. Physically, it's made up of a residence for students and academic building(s) where classes are held, but a college is so much more than just a building.

All full-time undergrads become members of one of the nine colleges at York, whether you live on campus or not. All of the colleges are on the Keele campus except Glendon College which is on the Glendon campus.

At York, we believe that the college system provides a way to build the closest possible relationship between professors and students within the context of a large multi-faculty university. In other words, the college system keeps you in touch with real people who can answer your academic and non-academic questions, help you when you're confused or worried any time of day or night, lend a hand cutting through the "red tape" or celebrate with you when you graduate.

Need help with planning an essay - ask your Academic Advisor. Into team sport? Join your college-mates in intramural competition and you could win the York Torch. No "Quidditch" matches yet, but if anyone can make it happen, it's your College Council. Looking for a quiet place to study? Check out your college common room. More in the mood to party? Head for your college Pub!

The more you get involved, the more important your college will become to your life - at York and in the future.

For addition information please visit the York's Colleges website.

When will I find out what college I belong to?

All students will learn their college affiliation at their enrollment appointment.

College affiliation for first-year students is determined by the residence you're living in (e.g. if you live in Founders Residence, you're affiliated with Founders College). Residence students, regardless of which courses they have, are encouraged to participate in the events that are taking place in the college where they live.

If you're not living on campus, your college affiliation is based on your major.

What's a Foundation course?

Foundation courses are intended to reflect the special focus - known as the academic mandate - of each college and stress critical skills development, introduction to interdisciplinary study and the particular expertise of faculty associated with the college. The format and content of credit courses vary according to the Faculty that colleges are affiliated with. Foundation course directors are normally Fellows of the college with which the course is associated.

How does being affiliated with a college benefit me?

Your college affiliation is important. Colleges provide you with all sorts of advantages and opportunities, academic and non-academic, which would not otherwise be available in a university of York's size. Each college has a Master, Academic Adviser, Residence Life Coordinator and House Dons to support your personal and academic growth.

Your college will become your home away from home whether you live in residence or not. Through your college, you'll meet people from all across Canada and around the world. College Councils, elected by students, organize major social and cultural events and smaller parties, athletic events, recreational events and group outings and a host of other activities which will provide you with opportunities to make friendships that will last a lifetime.

College facilities may include: a college paper, Sport and Recreation Council, various clubs and student-centred organizations, common rooms, dining halls, coffee shops, study areas, computer rooms, seminar and small lecture rooms, recreational rooms and more!

How will I get to know other people in my college?

Orientation Week is your introduction to all that is college affiliated. Make sure you come out and attend as many events - both academic and non-academic - as you can!

College affiliation does not stop after Orientation Week, however, each College Council holds events throughout the year.

Do I have to attend Orientation events at my college of residence or can I attend events hosted by the other colleges?

You are encouraged to participate in the orientation activities of your college of affiliation.

McLaughlin College is dedicated to the fostering of knowledge and attitudes which can help improve our society. Strong emphasis is placed upon issues of Public Policy, including gender, race and class in the context of a democratic society. The Arts, Music, Poetry, and Athletics also play an important part in educating 'The Whole Person'.