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The College System – Stong College

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Location: 314 Stong College, Tel.: 416-736-5132
Master: Lesley Beagrie, 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 Health and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

In 2006 the College embraced its affiliation with the Faculty of Health and now welcomes all students from the School of Nursing and the School of Kinesiology and Sciences, in addition to supporting students affiliated with programs in English. 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 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. Of particular pride is its commitment to curricular, cocurricular and extra curricular experiential education for students in the immediate Jane-Finch community and beyond.

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. There are also numerous ways to get involved with Stong. Students can volunteer and develop their leadership skills in a variety of programs as well as work with the Masterís Office on program design, development, and evaluation. Please check out our website for more information.

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 Orange Snail pub and coffee shop provides 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 offers the PASS program where trained upper year students who have taken the course and done well offer weekly study sessions for ‘high challenge’ courses. Students who participate in PASS achieve higher grades than they would otherwise achieve. The College is also committed to supporting first year transition through the HealthAid Network Course-Based Peer Mentorship Program. This program brings just-in-time information regarding resources on campus to help students succeed, ways to get involved and important deadlines to students in all core 1000 classes in Health on a bi-weekly basis. Write to Succeed is another program offered through the College that specializes in peer writing support and consists of 15 minute drop in sessions in the Student Success Centre located in the lobby. This program is open to all students regardless of college affiliation and helps students with citations, essays, reflections and lab reports.  The Agents of Change program provides opportunities for students to develop entrprenaeurial and leadership skills through co-currciular and extra curricular project development and implementation.  This program supports students’ personal and professional development as engaged citizens.  Finally, the Create Your Future program is designed to help students explore academic choices and future careers by introducing them to graduate and professional school opportunities and a variety of career paths in Canada and internationally. Additionally, the Student Success Coordinators, 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.