Toronto, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1948Established Year

Ryerson University, popularly called Ryerson, is a public research university located in Toronto, Ontario. It is Canada’s largest undergraduate business school having a culturally diverse and urban location.

Formerly known as Ryerson Institute of Technology or Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Here are the top courses at Ryerson.

  • Business management
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Nutrition and food
  • Media and communication
  • Computational and mathematical studies

Why Choose Ryerson University?

Rankings and Standings

  • #801 out of 1000 universities - QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 151 out of 200 in Art & Design, 251 out of 300 in Engineering Electrical & Electronics - QS World Subject Rankings
  •  US News Rankings: 25th in Canada
  • 13th in Canada -  Maclean’s Business School Rankings
  • #11 - Maclean’s Canada’s Top Comprehensive Schools in 2017

Salient Features

  • Provides exchange programs, co-op programs and has a collaboration with 150 leading institutions.
  • Named as Canada’s first Ashoka (a global entrepreneurship and innovation organization) changemaker campus in 2007.
  • Its Digital Media Zone is a leading business incubator has nurtures 334 start-ups over 7 years.
  • Its Chang School of Continuing Education provides on and off-campus professional training on university-based adult education.
  • The International Foundation program (IUFP) of Ryerson is an 8-month program designed for international students to prepare them for their university life in Canada.
  • The alumni network comprises more than 155,000 graduates around the world.

Statistical Highlights

Type of universityPublic
Total programs100 +
Undergraduate Programs62
Number of faculties877
Total students33,834
Basic tuition fees for Canadian and permanent residentsCAD 7,358 to CAD 11,681
Basic tuition fees for undergraduate international studentsCAD 24,731 

Student Intake

ProgramNumber of StudentsInternational Students

Campus and Residential Facilities


  • The main campus is in Toronto which surrounds the Yonge-Dundas square.
  • Home to an award-winning Student Learning Centre (SLC) and Ryerson Image Centre (RIC).
  • A vibrant learning community providing diverse and engaging cultural, athletics and recreation programs along with social activities.
  • Brampton campus of the university which will be the innovation hub of Ryerson is expected to open by 2022.  It will provide programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)
  • Various course unions, student’s groups and clubs are available for new students to build connections with peers.


International students can live in any of the residence buildings at Ryerson. Here are three residence buildings on the campus.

  • HOEM Residence (HOEM) - Ryerson’s largest residence with 30 floors and 593 rooms.
  • Pitman Hall (PIT) - Ryerson’s 2nd largest residence with 14 floors and 565 rooms.
  • International Living & Learning Centre (ILC) -  An 11-storey that can accommodate 256 residence students in its extra-large rooms. It is open to all first-year applicants. You do not have to be an international student to live in it.

Programs Offered

  • 62 undergraduate programs, with grades only, grades plus, full-time and part-time options
  • 7 faculties with various full-time, part-time, professional development and online programs
  • 44 Master’s degree programs, 15 PhD programs, and 8 professional diploma courses
  • International Dual degree program is offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS), where the students can earn one degree from Ryerson and another from one of its overseas partners.
  • Graduate Research Thesis is available in M.Sc Computer science program, M.Sc. Nursing and Master of Applied Science.
  • Ryerson ESL Foundation programs provide extensive English language and academic skills training.
  • Distance education is provided in over 400 continuing education courses which include 300+ degree-credit courses and can be taken in internet or classroom/internet-combined methods.

Application Process

Admission Prerequisites

A proof of English proficiency test needs to be submitted for international students from certain countries where English is not the first language. TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, and CAEL are accepted.

How to Apply?

  • Check the programs available on the official website of the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
  • Submit the online application form
  • International candidates need to fill in OUAC 105 F form. The application fee is CAD 156 for initial 3 program choices. There is also a service fee of CAD10 for international students.
  • Once the application is filled in and submitted, you will receive Ryerson online username and password which can be used to login later to track the admission status.

Note: International students need to submit a supplementary form after the identity gets generated. The form is available under the program list on the official website. Applications will be rejected if that form is not submitted.

Documents to be Submitted

An email acknowledgement will be sent by the university once the application is successfully submitted. The candidates need to submit the following documents:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Supplementary form.
  • Supporting documents
  • English language proficiency proof.
  • Non-academic requirements such as auditions, portfolios, interviews etc. for certain programs.
  • Study permit: Required to study in Canada legally. International students need to apply for the permit by visiting the nearest Canadian embassy, Consulate, or High Commission.

Costs and Expenses

Tuition Fee

  • The tuition fees vary for domestic and international students and they are required to be paid at the beginning of the term.
  • The fees also vary for different faculties.
  • Ryerson ESL Foundation program costs CAD 27,500 CAD for both domestic and international students.
  • Tuition fees need to be paid for Fall and Winter term in the month of August each year.
FacultyDomestic Fee RangeInternational Fee Range
ArtsCAD 7,419 - CAD 7,641CAD 24,792 – CAD 24,842
Communication & DesignCAD 7,421 – CAD 8,173CAD 24,795 – CAD 25,374
Community ServicesCAD 7,478 – CAD 8,054CAD 24,731 – CAD 24,763
Engineering and Architectural ScienceCAD 10,978 – CAD 11,681CAD 26,242 – CAD 27,869
Ted Rogers School of ManagementCAD 9,320 – CAD 9,956CAD 26,320 – CAD 26,376
ScienceCAD 7,358 – CAD 9,951CAD 24,731 – CAD 24,792

Accommodation Costs

Hall NameRooms availableRoom rent with meal plan and other amenitiesFacilities available
International Living & Learning Centre (ILC)Double room with semi-private washroomCAD 11,558.06Programming space, floor lounges with TV and kitchen, floor laundry
Single room with private washroomCAD 13,796.06
Pitman HallDouble Room with shared hallway washroomCAD 10,815.06Floor laundry, programming and community space, academic link office
Single with shared hallway washroomCAD 12,396.06
Apartment with shared suite washroomCAD 12,931.06
Paired with semi-private washroomCAD12,869.06
HOEM ResidenceTwo-Bedroom ApartmentCAD19,250Fitness facilities, maker space, game table, In-suite cleaning, Barrier-free units
Three- Bedroom ApartmentCAD18,000
Four- Bedroom ApartmentCAD17,000

Meal plans are mandatory for the residents of Pitman Hall and ILC. An average weekly meal plan is given below:

  • Gold plan – CAD3,895 (14 meals per week)
  • Blue plan – CAD3,575 (13 meals per week)
  • Light plan – CAD2,740 (10 meals per week)

Residence Registration Process

  • You will receive the University admission offer email.
  • Check the available residence buildings, prices, and application priorities.
  • Create an account on Ryerson residence portal and submit the application.
  • Make a payment of CAD 50 to confirm registration.
  • Room assignment waiting period is usually for 15 days after the deadline date.
  • Selected candidates will get an email regarding their room assignments.
  • Accept the offer and select a meal plan. The required fees for residence can be paid in instalments.
  • Move in as per the official move-in date provided in the email.

Off-Campus Accommodation

International students who wish to stay off-campus may visit the Ryerson Housing and Residence for off-campus listing. The university has tie-ups with some housing companies and with homestay networks to provide off-campus housing to students.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Awards and bursariesAwarded forAward value
Salad King International Student AwardsRecognition and financial assistance to full-time upper year international students, registered in any program in the university5 awards available along with CAD 1,000
Scotiabank International Student ScholarshipUpper year full-time graduate students with good academic achievement. Benefit depends upon the CGPA-
BMO Financial Group Diversity ScholarshipFor full-time undergraduate students based on their academic performance and financial needUp to 15 awards of CAD 1,000 or CAD 2,500 are distributed each year.
Emergency bursary for international studentsTo assist undergraduate international students in urgent financial needMaximum Assistance is CAD 5,000 per fiscal year
Ryerson Student Union emergency bursaryAid students with emergency financial needCAD 500

International Tuition Fee Exemption

The tuition fee for international students is higher than that of domestic students. In some cases of financial assistance, international students are allowed to pay the fee equal to that of a domestic student. Commonly-considered cases are:

  • a spouse or dependent child of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • holding a valid open work permit (excludes student work permits)

External Scholarships and Awards

  • Maytree Scholarship Program – Valid for the ages of 18 to 27 for protected persons or landed immigrants who were protected. These students enter the first year of an undergraduate full-time university or community college program based in Toronto.
  • CBIE Foreign Government Scholarship Programs – The international Scholarships program (ISP) which is administered by CBIE. It comprises 14 scholarships which provide the opportunity to the international students and researchers to study and research in Canada.
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund – This scholarship is for those women who belong from developing countries and are studying to improve the lives of other women and children in their country. Grants up to CAD US 15,000 for U.S./Canada program and CAD U.S. 7,000 for Africa, Latin America and Trinity Programs.

Work While You Study

Ryerson offers a plethora of on-campus and off-campus opportunities for students.

On-Campus Jobs

  • Career Boost program: Round the year paid work experience for students. There are 3 programs in a year in fall, winter and summer. The fall and winter programs provide up to 15 work hours per week, whereas the summer work program has 35-hours work week.
  • Other On-campus job opportunities list is available on the Career Boost website.
  • Work study research assistant program to support and enhance the learning which the students attain from the university.
  • Teaching Assistant, Graduate Assistant, Lab monitor and Invigilator opportunities.
  • Career Boost International Work Experience Program (CBI): provides part-time, on-campus employment to full-time international undergraduates.

Requirements to enrol in this program include:

  • A valid study permit
  • Social insurance number (SIN) obtained from Service Canada to work in Canada.
  • Need to be a full-time student in the university.
  • Should have a minimum of 1.67 CGPA, without under any academic probation.

Off-Campus Jobs

  • Career Boost Off-campus: Summer work experience program which is for 12 weeks. Eligible students are matched to employers by Ryerson Career Boost team.
  • Equity Seeking Group Job Boards: For various communities like Aboriginal and First Nations people, LGBT, women, the person with disabilities and International students.
  • Industry job boards which cover a broad range of careers. International students also have employment opportunities from Rooftops Canada and Young professionals’ placement program.
  • The magnet community job portal of Ryerson University.

Alumni Network

Alumni Benefits

  • Special group rates for insurance, credit card, Travel program in coordination with some affinity partners.
  • Special discounts for Ryerson Alumni in the categories of travel, retail/ merchandise, sports, entertainment, and professional development.
  • Access to career central portal for alumni for their career and job opportunities.
  • Access to campus facilities like a discounted gym membership, athletic centre, discounts on-campus store, summer housing and accommodation etc.
  • Alumni also receive various achievement awards from the university in recognition of their extraordinary work and talent.

Notable Alumni

  • Sathish Bala - VP, Digital and Innovation, Arrivals & Departures, BlueBand Digital
  • David McKibbon - SVP, Project Management, Development, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
  • Theresa Agnew - Executive Director, Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario
  • Terry O’Reilly - Co-founder, Pirate Radio & Television
  • Nina Dobrev - Actress in Vampire Diaries
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Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 26,039
Bachelors Tuition Fees$25988
Diploma Tuition Fees$25926
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 12,750
Total Enrollment
International Students
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
May 30, 2019
Start of Application process December 01, 2018
End of Application process May 30, 2019
Application Fee
$ 156
Application website www.ouac.on.ca
Accepts common App Yes
Direct Application Yes
Acceptance Rate
59 %
Min. 6.5
Total Applications
Min. 580
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