Admission and Application Procedures for Aboriginal Students

Applying to York

The following pages outline the admission requirements and application process based on your education history. Be sure to review the information carefully and meet the requirements for both general admission to York and the program-specific admission requirements.

Do you have questions about starting a path towards university? Contact York's Aboriginal Recruitment Officer for one-on-one advice and guidance at

Aboriginal students choose York for a commitment to culture and support.
York is continually expanding and developing programming and support services for Aboriginal students. The Aboriginal support services offered at York are culturally sensitive and include academic advice and personal counselling; liaison, advocacy and referrals to on/off-campus resources; liaison with First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations; information about educational assistance opportunities, funding procedures and guidelines; and education and awareness regarding Aboriginal culture, issues and services to all students, professors and staff.

Aboriginal Student Services

York's Office of Aboriginal Student Community provides support services to enrich Aboriginal student life and promote Aboriginal education and awareness. The Aboriginal Student Adviser, Randy Pitawanakwat, is available for academic advice and personal counselling. As York's University contact and liaison with First Nations' communities and Aboriginal organizations and through campus events and class visits, Randy provides education/awareness building regarding Aboriginal culture and issues. A full-time Aboriginal Coordinator will help you transition to university and guide you toward any resources you may need.

Aboriginal Student Centre: The Centre's programming includes the Indigenous Speakers Series and a Visiting Elders Program, the Aboriginal Peer Mentor Program, laptop lending, academic and personal counselling, advocacy and referrals to on/off-campus resources, liaison with First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations, information about educational assistance opportunities, funding procedures and guidelines, education and awareness regarding Aboriginal culture, issues and services to all students, faculty and staff.

The Indigenous Speakers Series: Indigenous leaders including academic scholars, business leaders and national/provincial political leaders are invited onto campus to share their research, knowledge and experiences. Learn first-hand about the pathways and opportunities available upon graduation.

Visiting Elders Program: Elders and Traditional Teachers share Indigenous knowledge and teachings. Seize the chance to learn about traditions and enhance your spiritual growth and identity. Sessions include sharing circles and one-on-one counselling.

Aboriginal Peer Mentoring Program: Whether you want to talk about your studies, student or campus life, your mentor, an upper-year Aboriginal student, can offer you support throughout your transition to university study. Meet with mentors one-on-one or in group settings. Laptop Lending Program: To ensure that Aboriginal students have access to computers and high-speed Internet, our Laptop Lending Program enables students to sign out laptops for brief periods of time.

Career Centre resources for Aboriginal students: York's Career Centre offers a range of services and events which are open to all York students and new graduates as well as online resources to assist you with job searching, career exploration and finding volunteer opportunities. The Career Centre strives to provide inclusive career exploration and job search supports to York's diverse student population. This includes a Resource Library containing books, resources and links to career agencies for Aboriginal students.