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We have a full range of programs and services to support your academic and professional success, your wellbeing, personal development and to help you build and find your community at York. Click and scroll below to discover more.
First year students: our Faculties, Colleges and the Division of Students have a full range of online/remote programs and services to support you.
Connect with Your Peer Mentor
New student to York? You have been matched to an upper-year student from your program who has been trained as a peer mentor to assist you in making a successful transition to university life. Your mentor can help answer questions, give advice, and recommend services, supports and ways to get involved.
If your peer mentor hasn’t connected with you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and Faculty to receive follow up.
Your Fall 2020 Activities Calendar
Use the York University Events calendar to get connected with activities to support and enhance your academic, career, student life and health & well-being needs. You'll find events from your Faculty, from services such as goSafe, the Colleges and a variety of student service and support areas.
Know the Important Dates
Sync the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Important Dates calendar with your mobile device so you can stay on top of academic and financial deadlines.
Use Self Service Tools
Many of the services you need are available through self-serve tools. Visit My Online Services to:
- know the important dates and deadlines;
- view your degree progress and grade reports;
- update your contact information;
- request a program change;
- access financial aid resources;
- request transcripts and enrolment letters;
- view your student account online statement;
- get computing service help.
Stay Informed About COVID-19
If you have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your studies this fall, check the YU Better Together FAQ page for the most up-to-date answers about course delivery, residence, student services, and more.
Remember, for the safety of us all, please do not come to campus unless you are registered in an on-campus course or live in residence.
Find Your Way Around Virtual Services and Resources
York's student services have moved online for Fall 2020, with a variety of ways to access them including web, email, phone, live chat, video chat. Check My Online Services for new ways to access the services you need.
Use Self Service Tools
Many of the services you need at this time of year are available through self-serve tools. Visit My Online Services for degree progress and grade reports; to update your contact information; request a program change; access financial aid resources; get computing service help and more.
York's student virtual assistant, SAVY, is ready to answer your questions on programs and courses, student life, campus services, career development and more at York! You can reach the virtual assistant through your eClass page or from the quick-launch button below.
This Week @ York
This Week @ York is a weekly newsletter sent to all active York University students every Monday. It lists important dates, key events and other important goings-on in the York community for that week. The newsletter is archived so you can look back at previous happenings.
Download the York U Safety App
Stay in the know about all of the University's safety resources, including security, goSAFE, campus shuttles, your safety toolbox and counselling & support.
Computing at York
Get virtual support for Passport York, email, Moodle/eClass, online learning technology, and much more on the University Information Technology (UIT) Students Getting Started web page. Learn the protocols and gain tips for using online learning on the Online Learning Protocol for York University Students web page.
Use Your Library
Find virtual library resources including online collections, curbside pickup for print collections, and online chat and zoom consultations with library staff.
Use the Bookstore
Buy or rent books online, and order supplies and York swag.
Get Academic Advising
Make informed and thoughtful decisions about your academic pathway as your progress through your program by connecting with your Faculty’s Academic Advising Office.
Manage Your Academic Record
Start the academic year by checking your Degree Progress Report. There are also other tools under Manage My Academic Record to help you navigate program changes, adding and dropping courses, transfer credit information, and much more.
My Study Options
Take advantage of our flexible study options. Map out what, when, where and how you want to study or complete global learning experiences including credential programs with other institutions, going on an academic exchange at York partner universities, internships and placements overseas, and participating in a summer study abroad program and virtual learning opportunities.
Learning Skills Services
Online learning requires some special skills and Learning Skills Services has a suite of Remote/Online Learning resources for effective online learning, study strategies, stress management and technology tips to support your success.
Student Accessibility Services
At York, all students have an equal opportunity to attain their educational goals. Students with permanent disabilities or those that had an IEP in high school can find out more at Student Accessibility Services.
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Being part of the York University learning community comes with certain rights and responsibilities as a student. Learn about the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities and how the Office of Student Community Relations can support you through your academic journey.
York Libraries have expanded access to electronic collections and are providing remote delivery including research consultation. You can chat with a librarian online or book a consultation through Zoom.
You can also access circulating print material from any of these four York libraries (Bronfman, Frost, Scott and Steacie) through The Libraries' Hold ‘n Go Lockers, which allow you to pick up your books without making an appointment. They are located on the Keele campus in Central Square outside of the Scott Library doors and in the Centre of Excellence at the Glendon campus. You will receive an email notification when your requests are ready. Please do not come to campus until you have received the notice. To pick up your books, you will need your YU-card.
If you have borrowed library materials, you are not required to return books at this time and fines will not accrue. If you would like to return your library books or other borrowed materials (with the exception of RACER or interlibrary loan materials), a book return bin is now in place outside Security Services at the William Small Centre at the Keele campus. More details are available at the link above.
Apply to Graduate
If you're taking your final courses this fall to complete your degree, apply to graduate in February. Learn more about the February convocation in absentia.
We’re HERE for You
Academic success starts with feeling welcome, valued and safe. The Office of Student Community Relations provides critical incident support, referrals, training, alternate dispute resolution and student leadership opportunities. The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education is HERE to Help, Educate, Respond to and Empower survivors and the York community at large.
Student Counselling & Development
Need short-term support to manage the challenges of university life? Learn more about the various counselling services available to registered and enrolled York students.
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
Are you feeling anxious, experiencing stress or having difficulties sleeping? Mental health and wellness resources for students are available remotely to help you. You can also access resources for maintaining your wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Health Education & Promotion website, and Student Community & Leadership Development.
Maintain Your OSAP Funding
Your OSAP eligibility and funding may be affected if you drop courses, your income changes, your academic progress suffers or if you provided incorrect information on your original application. Know what changes affect your OSAP and how to report changes.
Apply for Scholarships
Find a Part-Time Job at York
Gain valuable work experience and contribute to University life while earning money through one of our many Work/Study employment opportunities.
Health & Dental Plan
The York Federation of Students offers a comprehensive student health and dental plan in all of Canada. If you have comparable insurance, you can coordinate your benefits or opt-out by October 16, 2020 for a refund. Students beginning their studies in Winter 2021 will have an opportunity to opt-in/out from January 1 to February 5, 2021.
York University is home to more than 300 student clubs and organizations. Browse YU Connect to find those that speak to you and get involved this fall!
Athletics & Recreation
We are all sad that COVID-19 has necessitated the cancellation of all Ontario university competitive sport until December 31, 2020. But you can still participate in a variety of MUV Online Fitness classes including strength training, cardio, yoga, Zumba and Muay Thai and more.
York is a diverse community with more than 6,000 international students from nearly 180 countries around the world. To assist all incoming and returning international students, the York International Office provides resources such as a pre-departure guide, arrival tips, immigration information, the New International Student Orientation and ways to get to know York and the rest of Canada.
Centre for Aboriginal Student Services
The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) provides a safe community space that offers culturally appropriate support services to a diverse Indigenous student population. Students have the opportunity to explore, reclaim, and cultivate their histories and cultural identities. Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, the House of Great Peace, is a welcoming, safe and supportive space for Indigenous students, faculty and staff to come together when our health authorities deem it safe to do so.
Atkinson Centre for Mature & Part-time Students
Is this your first year at York as a mature student? Participate in the Mature Student First-Year Experience Program, and connect with a Mature Student Peer Mentor to get support and referrals to campus resources. All mature students can join a Virtual Café Hour or one of the varied mature student workshops.
Start with Learning About Yourself
Identifying the skills you have and the skills you want to develop is an essential part of self-awareness and lifelong learning. Use the Career Centre's Skills Identification Exercise to get you started.
Build Skills and Gain Experience
Learn to articulate the skills you already have and develop new personal and workplace skills through Becoming YU, online tools and leveraging volunteer and internship opportunities.
Find Out What You Can Do With Your Degree
Exploring career paths for your program of study can give your ideas that you may not have considered otherwise. Get inspired with this What Can I Do With My Degree? resource created exclusively for York students by the Career Centre.
Explore Your Options and Connect with a Career Peer
Choosing a career path that excites you requires research into fields and occupations. Start by exploring your options using resources that are Career Centre-approved. You can also visit the Virtual Career Lounge where you can get advice from Career Peers on your cover letter and resumé and get answers for any general career questions as well — no appointment necessary!
Get Involved & Track Your Involvement
Connect your experiences to skills that employers and graduate schools look for. Record your activities and use your co-curricular record to help articulate your accomplishments and skills when applying for jobs, graduate or professional school.