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The College System – Stong College

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Location: 315 Stong College, Tel.: 416-736-5132
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Master: Martha Rogers, e-mail:

Founded in 1969, Stong College is named for the pioneering Stong family, who came to this area from Pennsylvania in 1800 and farmed the lands upon which York University is built. Stong takes pride in its roots in a pioneer heritage, which finds its modern counterpart in the immigrants of today.

Several themes have traditionally characterized Stong College; it welcomes diversity of thought, experience and academic specialization. Stong College is affiliated with the Faculties of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and Health.

Stong College has shown a consistent commitment to study of sport as a social institution. The college houses the School of Kinesiology and Health Science’s specialized certificate program in Athletic Therapy.  Moreover, its students have participated enthusiastically and successfully in Recreation York’s inter-college sports programs. The College recently embraced its new affiliation with the Faculty of Health and welcomed the School of Nursing and the School of Health Policy and Management.

The scholarly pursuit of these subjects has given the college a multicultural flavour. Pride in human caring, the rich multiculturalism of Stong College, York University, Metropolitan Toronto and Canada goes well with another theme of the college: its strong social commitment. Through programs with a neighbouring school and other projects, the college is pleased to acknowledge its inseparable relationship with the society around us and its debt to it.

As a college concerned and involved in all aspects of student life, Stong has a wide variety of facilities and programs that reflect the diversity of life at Stong. The Stong College Residence serves both domestic and international students and residents affiliated with York and with Seneca at York. There are 14 floors in total, all floors are co-ed but one, which is a female only floor and the capacity, is 260.

The Samuel J. Zacks Art Gallery, whose mandate is to feature student art, has a number of showings throughout the year that feature the work of traditional and native, international and professional artists. The student newspaper, The Flying Walrus and The Orange Snail pub and coffee shop, provide many opportunities for discussion, debate and celebration of life at Stong and York.

Stong College is committed to supporting student success. To this end, the College has a large Transition Peer Mentorship program to help students learn about and adjust to university life. The College also supports student success through its PASS program where upper year students offer weekly study sessions for ‘high challenge’ courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. The College also offers Study Hall in the Junior Common Room. In Study Hall students can find senior level students who can assist with study questions, tips and advice about academic resources available to students. The Academic Resource Centre in the college lobby serves as a centre for our peer advising program and also as a nerve centre for student support resources on campus. Additionally, the academic adviser, the residence life coordinator, the staff of the Master’s Office and a long list of Fellows from a variety of disciplines are available and enthusiastic resource people intent on helping you gain the most from your university career.

Stong has a rich tradition of supporting the financial needs of its students through a wide and varied bursary and scholarship program. Funded in large part by active and involved alumni, these awards reflect the caring side of our college and provide evidence that our students’ commitment and involvement with Stong continues beyond graduation.

Stong College is a happy and vibrant college that values and honours diversity, academic endeavours and achievement. The college encourages initiative and provides numerous opportunities for fulfillment and invites you to embrace the Stong “way” through a lifestyle of active participation in the rich mosaic of cultural, social and athletic life here in Stong.