Your Pathway to University

Each person’s pathway to university, and their own personal success, is unique. At York, we recognize each student’s needs and support your transition from high school, college or employment to York. The traditional pathway is from high school to university, but there are others available too.

High School to College to University

If you are a high-school student and need to upgrade academically or want to consider an alternative to four full-time years of university study, consider attending college before applying to York. We have a number of partnerships established with Ontario Colleges.

Here’s an example:

Qualified students who complete the Liberal Arts Transition program (LAT) at Seneca College, plus two York courses taken concurrently with Seneca (LAT) programs, may enter the third year of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York. After the first year of college study, students with a “B” average (3.0 GPA) or better can apply to enrol in the joint program. Students must maintain a cumulative “B” average to enrol in York courses and to remain in the joint program.

College to University

To transfer from college to university, make sure you have completed at least two full semesters at an accredited college (completed diploma preferred). York requires a minimum overall average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (B/70 per cent or equivalent), but some programs require a higher average.

Remember that all attempted college courses will be included in the calculation of your cumulative grade point average. You could receive transfer credit for courses you have already completed. 

Mature Students

York reviews mature student applications on an individual basis. Our application process recognizes the value of professional experience, which is why our admission requirements for a mature student application extend beyond academic achievement.

We take into consideration life experiences, previous study, cultural knowledge and educational goals. We’ll also review your work, volunteer and community participation and professional accomplishments.