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The College System – Norman Bethune College

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Location: 207 Norman Bethune College, Tel.: 416-736-5164, e-mail:
Master: John Amanatides, e-mail:

Norman Bethune College is named in honour of the famous Canadian physician and social activist who became a Chinese folk hero. Bethune College whose theme is “Science and Society”, is affiliated with the Faculty of Science and the Lassonde School of Engineering. The college welcomes students from these disciplines as well as any York student who is interested in science and society, in our clubs and facilities, our intramural sports teams, our college council and our academic courses.

On the social side, the college houses a number of student clubs, including the Archery Club, Astronomy Club, Atmospheric Science, Biophysics Club, Canadian Association for Research in Regenerative Medicine, Canadian Immunology Research Association, Chemistry Society, CS Hub, Cyber Troops, Dragon Boat Club, Dental Association, Engineering Society, Fencing at York, Free the Children, Kendo Club, Let’s Talk Science, NATS-AID, Physics Society, Pre-med Society, Robogals, Robotics Society, Ultimate Frisbee at York and the YAMA Anime and Manga Association.

The Bethune Athletic Council enters teams in both competitive and recreational sports for the York Torch award. Bethune’s College Council is a communal blend of elected and appointed students and representatives from the college's alumni, Fellows and the Master's Office. This council receives a portion of your student activity fees and uses it to fund social events, the college newspaper - The Lexicon, concerts, orientation events and a variety of worthwhile campus activities. We welcome and encourage student participation.

Bethune College also provides friendly and accessible student academic support and co-curricular opportunities - e.g. programs that can help you identify potential careers and professional paths. The college hosts a comprehensive academic orientation for new students as well as a week-long math review session before classes start. All new students are assigned peer-mentors, knowledgeable upper-year students who can help with the transition to university life. Bethune students are also served by the Student Ombuds Service (SOS), a walk-in office and resource centre, staffed by knowledgeable upper-year students who can assist you in all manner of academic and personal issues. The Bethune Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorial support, by appointment, to help you develop university-level critical writing skills. A free peer-tutoring service is available every day in the Study Hall (BC 202) and the Life Sciences Learning Commons (LSB 104). Facilitated Study Groups are available in many difficult courses. Bethune College's Fellows (faculty, staff and community members) and Junior Fellows (graduate students) are a diverse group who provide a wide range of skills and interests, knowledge and wisdom.

Bethune College offers academic (for credit) elective Peer Leadership courses. In addition to courses, Bethune offers a rich mix of seminars, speakers, discussion groups and special programs of interest to students and faculty alike.

The residence has a mix of single rooms, double rooms and apartment-style suites. Save for one female-only floor all floors are coed. The Life Sciences House allows students to live with others have similar interests. An in-house cafeteria offers a full menu of healthy and varied fare.