Toronto, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1967Established Year

George Brown College is a public institution, established in 1967, offers a wide variety of programs and services for recent immigrants and international students. It is a college of applied technology and arts with its three full campuses in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

George Brown College is affiliated to: CCAA, CBIE, CUP, Polytechnic Canada, CIC and Universities of Canada

Why should you choose George Brown?

George Brown college has been ranked well in and out of Canada. Given below are the ranks and the key features of the college which provides a good knowledge about it and answer the question above.

Ranking and Standings

  • Ranked 93rd in Canada by Webometrics
  • Ranked 5th on the Sustainable Campus Index top 10 lists.
  • Named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2017.
  • The top research college in Canada, according to Research Info source annual rankings.

University at a Glance

  • Offers co-op program, dual credit courses and foundation programs for the students      
  • Has partnership with University of Toronto
  • Has received around CAD 66.4 million in research funding (2016-17)
  • Has disbursed CAD 57 million in scholarships and bursaries (2016-17)
  • Provides admission to mature students
  •  A gold recipient of CICAN's Internationalization Excellence award.

Statistical Highlights

Faculty MembersFull-Time – 547, Part Time - 1,029
Total number of students32,254
Number of Full-Time students29,205
Number of Part-Time students3,049
Number of International Students17%

Student Demographics

Out of total 32,254 students,

Full-Time Enrolment

CourseFull-Time EnrolmentPart-Time Enrolment
Certificate Course4,473295
Diploma Courses9,966910
Advanced Diploma8,510650
Graduate Certificate2,76463

Age Distribution

Given below are the percentages of the age group for the students at the university

Under 2131%
Over 357%

Campus & Residence

George Brown has three campuses and different location of study for different programs. Also, given below is the information on the residence facilities provided by the college.


George Brown College has three campuses located in downtown Toronto namely:

  1. St. James Campus
  2. Casa Loma Campus
  3. Waterfront Campus

The college also has other locations in Toronto where students attend classes:

  1. Ryerson Location - The Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health at Ryerson University (School of Early Childhood)
  2. Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living (Prosthetic & Orthotic Programs)
  3. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (School of Media & Performing Arts)

Advantage of Location for the University

The college is in the heart of Canada's largest, and the most diverse city giving an access to the top employers for field education and networking opportunities. The college campuses are easily accessible by private and public transports and are surrounded by bike lanes as part of Toronto’s cycling network.


The institute has partnered with various companies to provide the students with fully-furnished bedrooms and various facilities.

One can avail the following facilities:

Phone with local callsTelevision Set, Fridge & microwave
MicrowaveFitness Room
Living roomLaundry room
AppliancesGame Room

Details of type of accommodation and fees is provided in ‘Cost & Expenses’.

Programs Available with the University

George Brown College offers a total of 162 programs, further divided into undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, certificate and diploma programs.

Given below are the courses offered by different programs

Programs OfferedNumber of Courses
Advance Diploma32
Graduate Certificate38

EAP (English for Academic Purpose) Program

It is a full-time program which is divided in 9 levels in 8 weeks. According to the language skills, the level is decided. Students can request placement at the time of admission based on IELTS and TOEFL.

Know about Admission Process

Given below is the application process for the college along with its pre-requisites and documents required


Before applying for the college, international students need to attempt and clear the ELP (English Language Proficiency) test to file the application for college. This exam is for the ones whose English is not the primary language.

Given below are the threshold scores for the students to get their application accepted by the college

ExamScore for Degree Programs
TOEFL84 (online)
PTE (Academic)60
CAEL70 (overall)

Application Process

Before applying to the college

Step 1: Select the program of interest from the official website.  

Step 2: Select the country and credential type for admission requirements. The documents depend upon the country wise need

Applying for the College

Step 3: Maximum programs begin either in September or January. Select the program and apply for it at least six months before due to fast filling of the programs

Step 4: Apply on the official website of the college. The application fee of CAD 95 is to be paid. If somehow, the student doesn’t meet the English language entry requirement, an EAP (English for Academic Purpose) will be held for assistance

Step 5: A letter of Acceptance (LOA) will be issued after the application and other requirements have been satisfied. This must be attached with the study permit before sending to the Canadian Immigration Office at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate

Documents Required

  • Application Form
  • Academic Transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency score
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Copy of Passport

The admission and documents requirements are based on the country and credential type. Students may visit the website and find out the suitable requirements accordingly.

Cost & Expenses

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee charged by George Brown College vary from course to course and on the place of residency. Therefore, given below is the range of fees for Canadians or International students

Canadian students$ 3,668 to $ 20,188 (two semesters)
International Students$ 14,931 to $ 31,515 (two semesters)

Residence Fees

Although rents may vary depending on quality and location, most rents listed by the Housing Service are within the following ranges:

  • Shared Accommodation: $500 - $700 per month
  • Private Accommodation:
    1. Bachelor $700 - $900 per month
    2. One - bedroom apartment $900 - $1,200 per month
    3. Two - bedroom apartment $1,100 - $1,500 per month
    4. Three - bedroom house $1,500 - $2,000 per month

Meal Plans

Plan NameCost
Annual Swipe & Save PlanCAD 2,200
Semester Swipe & Save PlanCAD 1,100
Swipe & Save Reloadable CardMinimum CAD 500

Financial Support to the Students

OSAP (Ontario Students Assistance Program)

It aids through loans (need to pay back) or grants (need not to pay back). If in case, students show unmet needs, the case may even go to Ministry of Student Access Guarantee, it provides non-repayable bursary funding.

Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries

The college identifies the students who demonstrates excellence. These aids provide support to the students in monetary terms. The college also provides emergency funding in the cases where the student is suffering from sudden financial loses.

Here are the types of scholarships provided by the college:

  • College wide Scholarships – The students need to apply for In-Course scholarships to avail the benefits of this type.
  • Student Association Awards & Scholarships - The students need to apply for In-Course scholarships to avail the benefits of this type and be enrolled in full-time program in the college.
  • Athletic Awards – The students must apply for In-Course scholarships and, they must be enrolled for full-time program. They must be George Brown College athlete.

Work While You Study

On Campus

Students can work on campus while studying at the institute. They will have to fulfill the following conditions.

  1. Study full time in a program
  2. Have a valid study permit
  3. Have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  4. Can work a maximum of 20 hours/ week during the school year
  5. Can work full time during school holidays


Students can also work off campus while studying at the institute. They will have to fulfill the following conditions.

  1. Have a valid study permit
  2. Study full time in a program at a recognized institution.
  3. Have already started studying
  4. Studying to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate with duration of at least 6 months
  5. Have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)

How to get a SIN?

SIN is mandatory to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.

One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:

  1. Your Passport
  2. Your study permit
  3. Your off-campus work permit/ co-op/internship program permit.

Alumni Network

Given below are few world-famous alumni of the George Brown college

Alumnus NameAchievement
Daniel MacloverCanadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director
Wendy BabcockCanadian activist for the rights of sex workers
Rob RainfordCanadian chef, author of Rob Rainford's Born to Grill and former host of Licence to Grill on Food Network Canada, Asian Food Channel across Asia and Discovery Home in the U.S.
Valerie BuhagiarMaltese-Canadian actress, film director and television host
Giselle Loren LazzaratoCanadian YouTuber, socialite, actress, and glamour model and television personality

Benefits to Alumni

Alumni are provided at the special rates for the services like:

  • Home and Auto Insurance
  • Life and Health Insurance

Off-Campus Benefits

The Alumni receives special deals and discounts on travel, attractions and more.

On-Campus Benefits

The Alumni may continue to enjoy the services which are meant for students like access to Library Learning Commons, discount at fitness centers and more.

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