Location: TorontoFunding: PublicSize: 38,000Percent Women: 54Tuition: $6,800-$24,500Most Popular Majors: N/AGreek Life: NoAceeptance Rate: N/A
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Why Choose Ryerson
-“it’s got a great downtown campus” -“we have exciting distinguished professors like former city councillor and MP Olivia Chow”-“Ryerson invests in new facilities that benefit students like our new Student Learning Centre” -"The atmosphere is that of a much smaller school” -“It’s a very inclusive environment for people of all walks of life”
-“The SLC building!” -“Being so close to major shopping like the eaton centre” -“Super easy access to public transit and the subway!” -“Integration of the city’s past and future: the renovation of Maple Leafs Gardens and the Normal School Facade in the squad”.-“Campus is super pretty year round-and there’s skating on Lake Devo in the winter!”
-“There’s next to no student housing so it’s hard to get into rez” -“Sometimes making friends can be hard because it’s a commuter school” -“Not having an underground connection directly from campus to the PATH is a pain in the winter” -“The TTC can be really unreliable, which is stressful when it comes to midterm and finals season.”-“Because we’re right downtown, safety is always an issue, particularly late at night”. -“RAMSS. Nothing could be worse about Ryerson than RAMSS”.
New Collegiete On Campus
Being a first year on campus can be overwhelming if you’ve never spent much time downtown. However, there’s multiple facebook groups for students in different programs to ask questions and hear from upper-year students with first-hand experience. Orientation sessions at the beginning of Frosh week are actually quite helpful, and an effort is made to forge connections between students. Frosh itself includes lots of fun things like capture the flag, a huge parade/march down to the islands, where last year we had a concert featuring Nas.
All About Academics
The workload varies from program to program, so it’s important to read your syllabi and understand what the expectations are week-to-week. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, academic advisors at Ryerson are very helpful, and professors are generally willing to go out of their way to work with students. Course registration and getting into classes is done via RAMSS, which is sometimes a free-for-all, which can be frustrating. Courses are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can sometimes find yourself floundering to find a course to meet your electives needs. However, Ryerson also allows you to do course intentions in advance during specified times that allow you to create a list of courses to enrol in en masse on the big day (this is still done manually, however). Ever since the SLC opened in February, it has become the de facto study zone on campus, and is connected to the library which is super convenient.
Learn From The Best
Professors at Ryerson, like any school, run the gamut from useless to absolutely brilliant. Some profs will make you loathe a course you were excited to take, and others will make you look at a mandatory course you were dreading in a whole new light and make you actually enjoy it. 95% of professors are more than willing to meet with students, even outside of office hours. In general, the younger the professor, the easier they are to get in contact with through email to communicate. Each program hosts small events a few times a year for students in their faculty to mingle with other members of their program and the professors.
Interests and Involvement
Ryerson offers a full array of extracurriculars, from multiple student news outlets to a dutch association to of course, Her Campus Ryerson! There’s usually a big club fair that happens towards the beginning of the school year, and clubs will advertise on facebook, twitter, and around campus for events and contests through the year you can get involved with! Starting a new club is not extremely difficult, although getting ratified is a multi-step process that should not be taken lightly; it is a significant time commitment.
Ryerson’s mascot is the Eggy the Ram, and we have hockey, basketball, and soccer teams, and more! Home games are popular on campus and often feature three dollar beers and dollar fountain beverages-and the games themselves are free to students! Athlete culture is (thankfully) not as massive as at other schools, nor as dominantly pervasive. Rather, it is regarded as a part of campus life, but no more so than any other aspect of life.
Being a woman on campus day-to-day is less gender-biased than at other schools. Ryerson enjoys a relatively even split between female and male students (54/46), and so you aren’t likely to be the only girl in your classes, although certain programs like engineering are still more male-dominated.Girls on campus are a cross-section of Toronto itself, and reflect many different styles. As a school with a fashion program, making a personal statement with your wardrobe is far from an issue. Resources are available to those who do not fit the gender binary, thanks to the RSU Trans collective, who are currently working to ensure access to gender-neutral washrooms for all students on campus. The largest concern for women on campus is likely to be reports of peeping toms and the like, which is disconcerting, but more a reflection on the campus’ openness to the city than the student population itself, and security is proactive and quick to respond to any issues that may arrive, even sending out campus security alerts when events occur.
Food and Drink
Ryerson has two main dining halls, but there are a plethora of food choices across campus and immediately surrounding the campus. There are, for example, five starbucks’ within ten minutes of campus, and a grocery store on campus. The Eaton Centre and 10 Dundas both have extensive food courts, so you’ll never go hungry or want for anything!
As a commuter school, students generally don’t come back to campus on weekends to socialize. There’s a pub called Ram in the Rye on campus, as well as multiple club events that happen throughout the year that are targeted at Ryerson students. There's always something to do around campus, though, like Nuit Blanche! Alcohol use is not nearly as blatant or excessive on campus as it is at other schools, primarily because campus is not isolated from the city/town, and so students aren’t stuck on campus to get turnt up. “As someone who’s been sober for almost a year now, I’ve never felt pressure to drink or do any sort of drugs on campus, which is refreshing.”
Dorms are few and far in between and next to impossible for anyone within the GTA to get into. You’re best off looking into off-campus housing with roommates and/or commuting from home, if you can. You won’t be missing out on too much, because with the lack of on-campus residence spaces available, Residence life isn’t as dominant as it can be at larger schools with more
Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and there’s always something happening! There’s theatre, dining, and so much more right at your doorstep. Ryerson itself is in the heart of downtown, so walking to large public areas for events in Dundas or Nathan Phillips Square is a breeze. Toronto is very inclusive, and there are vibrant communities across the city, from the Gay Village just up the street from Ryerson (literally) to Kensington Market and Chinatown just a quick streetcar ride away. The main downfall to Toronto is that the city can sometimes feel crowded and claustrophobic, particularly during rush hour, but you can avoid it easily enough.
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