Aboriginal Admission Statement

Requirements & Application Process

York University supports Aboriginal* student academic success through our Aboriginal-focused programs, financial awards and by providing student services through the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS).

How to Apply?

Be sure to check to see if you meet the requirements for both general admission to York and the program-specific admission requirements.

Admissions Committee

Each applicant will be evaluated by an admissions committee. The committee will have the authority to select students for admission and determine if specific conditions are required. Such conditions can include course load requirements and language support (ESL).

Additional Supporting Documents

Aboriginal learners seeking an admission consideration should also submit:

  1. A Personal Statement
    (maximum of 500 words)
    This statement provides an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program. Outline your overall life experience (be as detailed as possible), about your Aboriginal cultural knowledge, accomplishments, hardships/difficulties, social/personal barriers, and/or community service.
  2. Supporting Documentation
    Relevant documents include academic or community awards, publications, and/or letters of reference from persons able to assess your academic and/or professional potential for success at York.
  3. Document of Aboriginal Ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)
    Identification may include but is not limited to, Indian or Métis status cards, official Inuit identification, official letters from First Nations Band Offices/Councils or a combination of documents.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

For more information, visit http://aboriginal.info.yorku.ca/bursaries-and-scholarships/.

I’ve Been Admitted. What’s Next?

Once you’ve been admitted, CASS will reach out to you to schedule an in-person appointment. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce specific resources and supports available, which will connect you to the recommended services/supports, including tutoring, consultations with the Writing Centre and peer mentoring. http://aboriginal.info.yorku.ca


If you have questions about admissions, visit: http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/askanexpert.

For culturally specific support services:
Phone: 416-736-5571
Email: cassyork@yorku.ca

*As defined by the Constitution Act 1892, section 35(2), an Aboriginal Person is considered an Indigenous Person of North America (First Nations treaty status, non-status, Métis or Inuit).