Glendon College

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Glendon College
Glendon College crest
Motto Alteri Sæculo
Motto in English For future generations/pour les générations futures
Established 1959
Type Public
Endowment $270 million (CAD) [1]
Chancellor Gregory Sorbara
President Mamdouh Shoukri
Principal Donald Ipperciel
Admin. staff 225
Undergraduates 2,700
Location Toronto, ON, Canada
Campus Midtown, Suburban, 34.4 ha (85 acres)
Mascot Coeur de Lion
Affiliations AUFC, CUP.
Glendon College logo.jpg

Glendon College (French: Collège universitaire Glendon) is an autonomous campus of York University. An internationally oriented, bilingual liberal arts college with 84 full-time faculty members and a student population of about 2,700, Glendon is located in midtown Toronto's Lawrence Park neighbourhood. The college was founded as the first permanent establishment of York University when it began academic operation under the mentorship of the University of Toronto in September 1960.[2] Under the York University Act 1959 legislation, York was once an affiliated institution of the University of Toronto, where the first cohort of faculty and students originally utilized the Falconer Hall building[3] (now part of the Faculty of Law)[4] as a temporary home before relocating north of the St. George campus to Glendon Hall - an estate that was willed by E.R. Wood for post-secondary purposes.[5]

In 1962, a landlot grant was offered by the Province of Ontario to the university to build a new campus, which ceased the bilateral partnership between the two institutions. York University became an independent institution,[6] however, Glendon refused to transfer to Keele, as the University of Toronto had no interest in reacquiring or maintaining the donated Wood property.[7] Murray G. Ross (OC OOnt) and diplomat Escott Reid (CC), who mutually proposed a novel plan for the college to educate students for fields in civil service, governance and academia, were appointed president and principal in 1959 and 1965, respectively.[8] A year later, the college was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Lester Pearson with the objective for Glendon to become a fully bilingual institution.[9][10] Formally, Glendon is one of York's 11 faculties.[11] It was modelled on Swarthmore College.[12]


Glendon's undergraduate curriculum emphasizes languages, international affairs and public policy. Due to this, Glendon was recently granted $20 million by the Government of Ontario in order to become the country's first "Centre of Excellence for French language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education," in collaboration with Collège Boréal.[13][14] Language skill assessments are given to new students to determine the level needed to take to fulfill Glendon's second-language requirement. Students who attain higher levels can either take advanced-level language instruction in their second language, or a discipline course taught solely in their second language.

In addition, a variety of non-credit classes and programmes are offered by the college to students, faculty and the general public including introductory courses in foreign languages (Arabic, Cantonese, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Tibetan); indigenous languages in Inuktitut and Ojibway; and professional development courses in English and French. Students also have the opportunity to take other language courses available through the Languages, Literature and Linguistics department at York.[15]

This bilingual approach to university education is said to be unique in Canada, because all students within Glendon College receive education in both English and French. Canada's other bilingual postsecondary institutions, including portions of Concordia University, Laurentian University, University of Alberta (Faculté St-Jean), and the University of Ottawa, often educate students in one language or the other. Although each of the latter offers students the possibility of a fully bilingual education, Glendon is the only institution in Canada where all anglophone & francophone students are required to take at least one compulsory class in their second language, regardless of their initial ability in the language. As a result, code-switching is relatively common among students on campus. At the end of their undergraduate studies, all students will demonstrate an intermediate level (minimum) of proficiency in their second language.


Glendon offers 21 undergraduate degree programs (BA) and 18 international Bachelor of Arts programs (iBA - Bilingual and Trilingual) - specializing in the social sciences and humanities; a concurrent and consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed); concurrent/consecutive certificate programs; and Master's (MA) programs in French Studies, Public and International Affairs, and Conference Interpretation.

Student life[edit]

Glendon has a newspaper (Pro Tem), York University's premier and longest student-run campus newspaper - that is published in both English and French (a member of CUP); a campus radio station (Radio Glendon); and a black box theatre company, Theatre Glendon/Théâtre Glendon, in addition to similar media from York University, of which Glendon is formally a part. Other facilities exist for students, such as a student lounge, a cafeteria, campus gym memberships, workshops, IT services, and a liaison office for prospective students. The college also encourages current students to utilize the academic resources on both campuses. The Glendon College Student Union/l'Association Étudiante du Collège Glendon (GCSU/AÉCG) is the official student union of Glendon College (Local 93). Its membership includes all students enrolled in courses at Glendon College and elects a council to represent them. The Glendon College Student Union's council is composed of 1 President, 8 Executive positions, 10 Councillor positions, 2 Senator positions, 2 First Year Representatives, and 1 Representative from The York Federation of Students. Students can join and access a number of clubs and organizations on both of the campuses. The college's proximity to Yonge and Eglinton and Downtown Toronto makes its location ideal for students who want to partake in the city's diverse array of social and cultural events and attractions. Glendon College is also where the first issue of the Toronto Special newspaper was published, according to the National Post. The Salon Francophone, situated in the main building, is a French-speaking area, where students can ask for help on grammar, play board games or have conversations in French. The Salon Francophone is also a club, which organizes multiple activities to promote the French language.


Glendon is located on the former estate (established in 1924) of Edward Rogers Wood, a prominent Toronto financier and philanthropist of the early 1900s. The estate was the original York University campus when it was bequeathed by the University of Toronto, and it remained a liberal arts college when York's Keele campus was inaugurated in 1966. Glendon's founder and first principal was Canadian diplomat Escott Reid who foresaw the institution's key mandate to educate future leaders of Canada in both official languages. The campus itself is also home to several ghosts recognised by the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society, who haunt the manor and grounds, and have been reported in various sightings over the past — many remnants of the area's rich history.[16] The campus has also played host to the production of CTV program Degrassi: The Next Generation, serving as a backdrop in several episodes as fictional "Banting University". Often, Glendon students are incorporated into shooting as the campus is sealed off for weekends at a time, the latest featured in Episodes 614 and 615 of the series, "Free Fallin', Part 1", "Free Fallin', Part 2". American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002) and The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) were also extensively filmed in and around Glendon.

Buildings and Abbreviations[edit]

Glendon Hall
  • York Hall (YH) / Pavillon York; the main building, shaped like an 'h', divided into four sections (the main wing, and the "A", "B", and "C" wings). York Hall has two large lecture halls (one located in the Penthouse; the other in the Center of Excellence), and houses smaller classrooms; professors' offices; the bookstore; the Rejean Garneau laboratory; the circular senate chamber; the theatre; as well as the school's cafeteria and dining hall. The latest addition to York Hall is the renovated explansion within B Wing - a space enclosed with full-size glass windows housing Glendon Recruitment and Liaison, the Glendon College Student Union office, dedicated student club space, the Salon Francophone (a social resource centre for French), as well as a spacious social common area with computers, study space and couches (to replace the former Salon Garigue lounge).
  • Glendon Hall (GH) / Manoir Glendon; originally the Italianate villa where the Edward R Wood family resided (his brother Frank Porter Wood lived next door, where the Crescent School is now located). Today it has two classrooms, an all-purpose room now known as The Bank of Montreal (BMO) Conference Centre, the CKRG campus radio station, the Career and Counselling Centre, Glendon's administrative faculty's offices (including that of the principal), the Glendon Gallery/Galerie Glendon, the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs,[17] as well as the Lunik Café - a student-run cooperative that opened in September 2011. It is known informally as "The Manor."
Rose Garden, with Wood Residence visible in the background.
  • Leslie Frost Library (FL) / Bibliothèque Frost; a library (with a collection of over 300,000 items) that is open to all York students. It opened in 1966 and is named after Leslie Frost, the late Premier of Ontario and graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. The library features a computer lab, study rooms, and quiet reading spaces available for student use. Adjacent to the library is the Bruce Bryden Rose Garden.
  • Proctor Field House (PFH); the campus athletics building housing the Glendon Athletic Club (GAC).[18] The Glendon Athletic Club offers full gym facilities to students and the public, including a weight room, a cardio room, a pool, an instructional studio, and a gymnasium. Proctor also holds group exercise programs such as Spinning classes, yoga, martial arts, and dance lessons. Glendon students enjoy a generous discount for gym membership throughout the academic year.
  • Hilliard Residence (HR) / Résidence Hilliard; a more recently added 215-room residence building at Glendon, named after famed obstetrician Marion Hilliard.[19][20] It also houses students in dormitory-style rooms, divided between 6 houses (A, B, C, E, F, and G, respectively). With the exception of D-house, which is used for some professor's offices and classroom space, and G-house, which has suite-style rooms for upper-year students, each house is under the charge of a resident "don", as well as Residence Life Assistants (RLAs) that oversee activities in both residence buildings. Differing from the Wood Residence, each of Hilliard's houses do not exceed a single floor in reach, with two houses per floor. Hilliard also contains the offices of Pro Tem, the Glendon Women & Trans Centre and Theatre Glendon storage space (Costume and prop rooms) in Hilliard's non-residential houses, D and H. Hilliard is the bigger of the two residences — a house can hold as many as 40 students. The basement of Hilliard Residence contains a common gaming facility with ping pong and pool tables, available for all members of the residence.
  • Wood Residence (WR) / Résidence Wood; a 189-room residence building at Glendon. During the school year, it houses students in typical dormitory-style rooms. Wood is the smaller of the two residences — there are only 22-30 students per "house" (section of the building). Students are divided into five houses A through E; each house spans three floors with a single shared common room on the ground floor. Recently, changes in Residence Life programming have led to the creation of a “Quiet Floor”, spanning the third floor of Houses A and B, for students who wish to enjoy an extension of the regular late-night quiet hours when all residents must avoid inappropriately loud noises. As well, the entirety of C House will become “Green” for students who wish to enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle within residence.
  • Greenhouse (GR); The Greenhouse was the Woods' old greenhouse, primarily under the care of Agnes Euphemia Smart, the widow of Mr. Wood. It is now used for the Security, Parking and Transportation Services offices, Housing and Residence services offices, as well as the campus goSAFE student escort service.[21] Generally, students visit the Greenhouse to resolve security and campus fine issues, or for Residence related issues such as keys/keycards, tax-exempt stickers for the cafeteria or any maintenance or service required in residence.

Noted alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York University Foundation Report to Donors 2006 (p.35)" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  2. ^ Friedland, Martin (2013). The University of Toronto: A History (illustrated, reprint ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 410, 438, 443. ISBN 9781442615366. 
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  7. ^ Pietropaolo, Vicenzo; Horn, Michiel. York University: The Way Must Be Tried (2009 ed.). Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2009. Print. ISBN 9780773577244. 
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  11. ^ [[[Category:All articles with dead external links]][dead link] 8 April 2010]
  12. ^ "A Flowering Up North". Time magazine. 1965-04-23. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  13. ^ Ontario Invests In New Centre For French-Language Education At York University, News Release 27 February 2008, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  14. ^ Hume, Christopher (28 September 2012). "Glendon College and the 21st-century campus: Christopher Hume". Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
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  16. ^ "GHRS - East York - Reports". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  17. ^ Glendon School of Public and International Affairs
  18. ^ Glendon Athletic Club
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  20. ^ Marion Hilliard, Profile,
  21. ^ goSAFE

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Coordinates: 43°43′39″N 79°22′43″W / 43.7275°N 79.3785°W / 43.7275; -79.3785