York excels in 2005 Globe and Mail survey

York University students gave their University an “overall satisfaction” rating of B+ in this year’s Globe and Mail University Report Card (2005) published today, outranking other large Canadian institutions, including the University of Toronto, in the highly competitive category of large universities (enrolment over 25,000 full-time students).

York students rated the University particularly highly in the following areas, ranking York first or second among the 10 universities featured in the over 25,000 category:

Overall satisfaction  B+ 
Overall educational experience  B+
Quality and availability of technology  A-
Library  A-
Faculty knowledge of subjects  A-
Labs and research equipment  B+
On campus buildings and facilities  B+

In addition to the above high points, 41 of the 57 measures tracked by the Globe survey since 2002 have moved upward, while the rest remained steady. None of the remaining measures have moved down.

“It’s great that students are noticing across-the-board improvements and we are particularly pleased that high marks are all directly connected to the academic life of the University,” said Robert Tiffin, York’s vice president students. “As Canada’s third largest university – commuter-based and in a large metropolis – it’s hard for us to compete with small, residential universities on certain softer measures. This survey shows that York delivers academically, offering real choice and a quality experience.”

Right: York students gave the University high marks in the latest Globe and Mail survey

 “The overall satisfaction rating is very high, especially when you consider the complexity of the university experience,” added York’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Richard Fisher. “The fact that York’s long-term measures are trending upwards is also an excellent sign for the future.” Upward trends included atmosphere and overall attractiveness of the campus.

This is The Globe and Mail’s fourth annual survey of 37 Canadian universities and is based on the perceptions of 26,198 students at their respective institutions across Canada.  Surveys were completed online during June 2005. Approximately 1,480 York students completed the survey.

Click here to review the entire survey.