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The Normal School on Gould St. 1856
Ryerson University today
Ryerson University is a public research university located in downtown Torontomarker, Canadamarker. Its urban campus surrounds Yonge and Dundas Squaremarker, with the majority of its buildings in the blocks northeast of the square in Toronto's Garden District. The university offers many specialized programs which are unique in Canada across its five faculties, including the largest undergraduate business program in Canada by enrolment. The university is named after educator Egerton Ryerson.

In addition to offering full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees, the university also offers part time degrees, distance education and certificates through its Chang School of Continuing Education, which has annual enrollment of over 65,400 students.


Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson is divided into a number of faculties including the:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Communication & Design
  • Faculty of Community Services
  • Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science
  • Ted Rogers School of Management
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Ted Rogers School of Management

Located on Bay Streetmarker, in the heart of Toronto's business community, the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University is Canada's largest undergraduate management school. The school's undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) programs are grouped into: Business Management, Information Technology Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Retail Management. Graduate studies are also offered and consist of: MBA with a global focus, MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation, and Master of Management Science (MMSc) in the Management of Technology and Innovation.Pursuing a global initiative, Ryerson alongside other prominent institutions across Canada has made the move towards a global bachelors program. The current Management major, will be soon replaced with the Global Management major. The Global Management major expected to take full effect by the 2010/2011 year will allow Ryerson's bachelor's program to have a global focus.

Previously known as Ryerson's Business Building; however, it was changed to the current name, Ted Rogers School of Management, after a $15 million donation from Ted Rogers. This latest addition is located within a new wing of the Toronto Eaton Centremarker at the southeast corner of Bay and Dundas Streets, the school occupies three floors of the nine-floor wing (two floors are occupied by retail uses, with an above-grade parking garage occupying the remaining three storeys). The integration of the Ryerson faculty with commercial uses in the same building has been praised as an innovative solution for the downtown university.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts comprises ten humanities and social science departments and plays a unique dual role in the University. The Faculty offers:

  • undergraduate programs that combine a liberal arts education with Ryerson's brand of relevant, practical learning;
  • graduate programs, at both the master's and doctoral levels, that have a strong component of scholarship, research, innovation and critical analysis;
  • high quality arts-based education through liberal studies courses - that cut across all of Ryerson's degree program curricula, from Journalism to Engineering to Business. Liberal Studies challenge students' intellect and imagination, nurturing their ability to think critically and adapt to the accelerating pace of change in today's world.

Faculty of Communication & Design

The Faculty of Communication & Design is composed of seven schools that offer undergraduate degrees of major study as well as one department that provides a unique area of minor study available to all students across campus. These are:
The Heidelberg Centre
  • School of Fashion
  • School of Graphic Communications Management
  • School of Image Arts
  • School of Interior Design
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Radio and Television Arts
  • Theatre School
  • Department of Professional Communications

Additional graduate programs of study are available in Documentary Media, Journalism, Media Production, and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. The Faculty also houses the Rogers Communications Centre which provides an innovative and technical environment to study and research different aspects of media and society.
The Ryerson Theatre School is located at Gerrard and Victoria Streets.

Faculty of Community Services

Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services offers diverse programs which focus on making a positive impact in the community. The rich curriculum of multi-disciplinary programs in health, early childhood education, social justice and community development is closely connected to the spirit and the dynamism of the community.The faculty also incorporates health and safety programs under the School of Occupational and Public Health. Professors and Students of Ryerson have participated in many on-goign researches with other schools such as University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo. The School of Occupational and Public Health (SOPHe) is considered to be a well-known leader in injury and disease prevention education. Ryerson University is the only school that offers a degree program in Occupational Health and Safety in the province of Ontario. Certificate programs in Health and safety can be done using the Chang School of continuing education.

Each program partners with hundreds of mentors, supervisors, practitioners and professionals to ensure students get career-relevant experience that applies what they learn in class.

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science

The George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre on Church St.
The Ryerson Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science (FEAS) is one of the largest engineering faculties in Canada, with 4,100 undergraduate students enrolled in 13 bachelor programs, and 480 graduate students in six master’s and four doctoral programs. In September 2006, FEAS will introduce two new master’s programs, and by 2007, there will be ten master’s programs in all.Ryerson’s Aerospace Computational Laboratory is a node for the High Performance Computational Virtual Laboratory for the Greater Toronto Area. The HPCVL is an interuniversity high-speed computation network which acts as a virtual supercomputer, providing the intensive computation power needed in the solution of complex problems in engineering and other disciplines.

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science grants Bachelor of Architectural Science, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees in 17 programs. Students can choose to specialize in the following disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Medical Physics, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Architecture, Project Management and Building Science.

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science offers graduate programs in: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering,Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Biomedical Physics, Building Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Molecular Science, Environmental Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering.

The Centre for Computing and Engineering opened in September 2004. It is a state-of-the-art science, technology, and research facility spanning almost an entire city block in downtown Toronto . The building was re-named the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre in November 2005. The Ryerson Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science (FEAS) is one of the largest engineering faculties in Canada, with 4,100 undergraduate students enrolled in 13 bachelor programs, and 480 graduate students in six master’s and four doctoral programs. Ryerson researchers in the engineering and science disciplines have earned prestigious Premier’s Research Excellence Awards (PREA), Canada Research Chairs, NSERC Industrial Research Chair. Biomedical Engineering program started in Ryerson in Fall 2008 is the first such program in Canada. Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson is one of only two such undergraduate programs in the country.

Continuing Education

Heaslip House
The The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education . The Chang School offers over 1,100 courses and over 70 career-related certificates.

Campus Expansion

Recently, the university has been undertaking the largest campus expansion in its history, with six new buildings constructed within the last decade and two additional constructions already announced. In January 2008, Ryerson acquired $40 million worth of real-estate as part of its expansion efforts. The most notable acquisition being two properties on Yonge Street, one of those being the old Sam the Record Manmarker store. There has been a strong desire among students, faculty, and administrators alike to have Gould Street closed between Yonge and Church in order to provide greater safety for pedestrians on campus. Ryerson Theatre, which is one of the largest theatres in downtown Torontomarker with over 1200 seats has also had extensive renovations completed in the past five years. The theatre is home to several red carpet premieres as part of the Toronto International Film Festivalmarker.


In 1852 at the core of the main campus, the historic St. James Square, Egerton Ryerson founded Ontario's first teacher training facility, the Toronto Normal School. It also housed the Department of Education and the Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts, which became the Royal Ontario Museummarker. An agricultural laboratory on the site led to the later founding of the Ontario Agricultural College and the University of Guelphmarker. St. James Square went through various other educational uses before housing a namesake of its original founder.

Egerton Ryerson was a leading educator, politician, and Methodist minister. He is known as the father of Ontario's public school system. He is also a founder of the first publishing company in Canada in 1829, The Methodist Book and Publishing House, which was renamed The Ryerson Press in 1919 and today is part of McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Canadian publisher of educational and professional books. Although not affiliated with the university, the well known publishing company still bears Egerton Ryerson's name for its Canadian operations.

The Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute was created in 1945 on the former site of the Toronto Normal School which had been used as a Royal Canadian Air Force training facility during World War II. The institute was a joint venture of the federal and provincial government to train ex-servicemen and women for re-entry into civilian life.

The Ryerson Institute of Technology was founded in 1948, inheriting the staff and facilities of the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute. In 1966, its name was changed to Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. It became a university-degree granting institution in 1971 accredited by both provincial government legislation and by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Ryerson University was established by the Ryerson University Act. That year, it also became a member of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). In 1992, Ryerson became Toronto’s second school of engineering following accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. A flag bearing the Ryerson crest was carried aboard the space shuttle Columbia (until the shuttle was tragically lost in 2003), signifying Ryerson’s collaboration in research with Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar. Research funding tops $9 million for the period 1986-92. In 1993 Ryerson received approval to also grant graduate degrees (master's and doctorates). The same year it changed its name to Ryerson Polytechnic University reflecting a stronger emphasis on research associated with graduate programs and its expansion from being solely an undergraduate university-level college. In June 2001, the school renamed itself again, assuming its present identity as Ryerson University. Today, Ryerson University offers programs in chemical, civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical and computer engineering. The university is also one of only two Ontario universities to offer a program in aerospace engineering.


In November 2005, Professor Arne Kislenko won TVOntario's first Best Lecturer Series. In 2006, Ryerson University had two professors in the semi-finals for TVO's second Best Lecturer Competition. Philosophy professor Dr. James Cunningham, and radio and television arts professor Dana Lee were semi-finalists. In 2006, Greg Inwood, Professor in the department of Politics and Public Administration, was awarded the prestigious Donald Smiley Prize for his book Continentalizing Canada: The Politics and Legacy of the Macdonald Royal Commission.


Ryerson Library and The Podium Building
The Ryerson Library collection consists of over 500,000 books, 3,700 print journal titles and over $2 million of electronic resources, including approximately 23,000 e-journals, over 90,000 e-books, databases and indexes, geospatial data, and catalogued websites or electronic documents. Most of the electronic resources can be accessed remotely by Ryerson community members with Internet access, although authentication of Ryerson Library registration is required for access to all commercial resources. The Library acquires materials to support the curriculum taught at the university and to support the research needs of faculty. All hard copy materials are housed in the Library building at Gould and Victoria Streets.

The 11 storey tower was built in 1974, and is a classic example of Brutalist architecture. The library buildings also holds administrative office, the Nursing Collaborative and until 2007 the Urban and Regional Planning program. Urban and Regional Planning vacated the building in 2007, leaving more space for the existing library.

As part of the Ryerson University Master Plan, the Library is expected to either relocate or be the subject of extensive renovations in the next several years. On January 18, 2008 the university announced the acquisition of properties including the former site of Sam the Record Manmarker which will allow expansion of the library to a prime Yonge Street location.To improve study space, the entire fourth floor of the library underwent construction during the 2008 academic year. The renovation included the addition of lounges, a Graduate Reading Room, and LCD panels.

Student Life

Ryerson has 23,600 full time and 13,700 part time undergraduate students, and nearly 2,000 students in the masters and Ph.D programs. The school has very diverse student population given the large number of students who attend the university from within the Greater Toronto Area. The university has a large body of commuter students, with only 840 students living in residence across three residence buildings.

Fight Song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: The School Song' (ca 1950), with words by Rennie Charles and music by Al Sauro.

Noted alumni


Oakham House at Ryerson
Ryerson University Library
The Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre

As of Fall 2008, Ryerson is the first university to use the AMC facilities (in the Toronto Life Squaremarker) during the day for lectures.

On December 1, 2009, Ryerson University's President Sheldon Levy announced that it would acquire the historic Maple Leaf Gardensmarker. The Acquisition will estimated to be $60 Million Dollars. The cost be a collaboration between will be split 3 ways between the Canadian Federal Government, Ryerson University and Loblaws Corporation [9573]

Reputation and rankings

Ryerson is known for its programs that emphasize theory and practice. As a result, the university has established a strong reputation for producing graduates who are career-ready. The part-time study option offered in many of Ryerson's graduate programs, such as the MBA and the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, have made the school a top choice for professionals working in business and government in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2009, the university ranked second in Ontario for first-choice applications from graduating high school students receiving 11 percent of Ontario's total 84,300 admission requests.


See also


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  3. Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation - University List
  6. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  7. Ryerson University Act
  11. Fight Song

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