We have your best interest at heart, and will make accommodations, where possible, for all applicants affected by COVID-19. We are working hard to ensure your application will be evaluated fairly, regardless of disruptions.
We have created this FAQ page to answer the most common questions undergraduate applicants have asked us over the past few weeks. We understand that the situation is fluid, and as things change, we will continue to evaluate our procedures for reviewing applications.
York Admissions, Start Dates
York University is committed to the importance of returning to primarily campus-based, in-person learning in the Fall and we are excited about providing our students with full access to all that the university experience has to offer.York has been a leader in the COVID-19 response and our goal is to continue to ensure a safe and rewarding learning experience in line with public health guidance and safety protocols.
In Fall 2021 term, York will be offering a wide range of learning formats, from courses offered fully in-person to hybrid courses that will have some classes or selected activities offered in-person. We recognize that some students may continue to face health or travel restrictions that prevent in-person attendance and expect there will be an ongoing need to provide options for remote and online learning where possible.
Please continue to check the York University’s YU Better Together page for updates.
The typical processing time is four to six weeks once all required documents are in the possession of the admissions team. If you have any questions about your application, visit I’ve applied page for information about required documents.
Please upload the documents to your MyFile account. If you encounter issues with this, please e-mail the required documents in PDF format to email@example.com, making sure to include your full name and York reference number in the e-mail.
While we recommend students submit their documents in electronic format for a quicker processing time, we continue to accept documents by mail and courier as well. Documents received by mail or courier can take up to 15 business days to appear on your MyFile.
As a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we will be flexible with our document submission deadlines to accommodate the needs of our incoming students. If you have specific questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.
High School Closures, Changes, Exam Cancellations
We understand that you may be concerned about disruption of schooling or exam cancellations, and how that may affect your admission to York.
York is committed to work with each applicant to ensure that any changes to school terms and/or examinations due to COVID-19 will not negatively impact your admission eligibility.
Please note that English proficiency requirements will not be waived due to exam cancellations. Please review the answer to the question “I can’t write an IELTS or TOEFL test because my testing centre is closed. What options do I have?” for details.
If you have specific questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.
Advanced standing for eligible curricula (AP exams, IB HL courses, A-level courses, etc.) will be reviewed and awarded in the same way as pervious years. Final exam results are required. For additional details, please visit: https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/transfer/advanced-secondary-cegep
Students who cannot access IELTS or TOEFL tests may submit the Duolingo English Language Placement test for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 entry. A Duolingo score of 115 or higher is required. Please visit our Language Proficiency Requirement page for detailed requirements.
York University English Language Institute (YUELI) is offering full-time pathway options for students who would like to study English before starting their degree studies at York. Please contact the YUELI office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about the program options.
College/University Transfer Students
York continues to welcome transfer applicants, and Transfer Credits are awarded based on your most recent transcript.
The answer to this question, and other Study Permit/Visa questions can be found on York International’s FAQ page.
Starting October 20, 2020, students attending a Canadian institution with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan and who have a valid study permit or a final approval (not an AIP/first-stage approval) may travel to Canada. York University has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. For more information and any updates on Study Permits/Visa requirements, please visit York International FAQ page or contact York International directly.
Questions relating to international student admissions can be directed to email@example.com.
York International is our international student support office. Important information regarding COVID-19, study permits, travel to Canada, and international student orientation can be found on their website. For questions and advising relating to Study Permits/Visa questions, please review York International’s FAQ page and contact them directly.
We recognize challenges remain as a result of the pandemic. We are committed to working with you to ensure that any changes to school terms and/or examinations due to COVID-19 will not negatively impact your admission eligibility. If you have been impacted by final exam cancellations, we will accept the results provided by your school as final. In cases where your exams are significantly delayed and results may not be received before the start of classes, connect with us via email and we can discuss your pathway forward to begin your studies in the Fall. Please note that English proficiency requirements will not be waived due to test centre closures.
For acceptable language tests, please visit the Undergraduate Language Proficiency Requirements website. If you have other extenuating circumstances that may impact your admission eligibility, please contact us.
If you are currently in Canada, please contact us via email.
Ways to Connect with Us
- Take a Virtual Tour of our Keele and Glendon campuses.
- Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Admissions Live Chat available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT at https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/contact-admissions
- Student Housing / On-Campus Residences at https://studenthousing.info.yorku.ca
- International Student Recruitment at email@example.com
- York International (anything relating to visas, immigration, study permit applications, etc.) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- York University English Language Institute (YUELI) at email@example.com