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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please click on the following questions to see the answers below.

How many first-year students begin at Ryerson each year?
In 2016-17, there were 7,867 first-year undergraduate students at Ryerson. Information by program from 2000-01 onwards is available at:

Where can I find enrolment numbers for specific programs?
Enrolment by program can be found at:

When I look at the enrolment numbers, I see things called 'headcount' and 'FFTE'. What do these terms mean?
Headcount refers to the number of students, regardless of course-load or whether these are enrolled full- or part-time. A student's FFTE (fiscal full-time equivalent) is the proportion of a full load course load that he or she is taking. For example, if a program normally included 20 hours of instruction, a student enrolled in 15 hours of courses would generate 0.75 FFTE (15/20). FFTE enrolment for a particular program is the total of all students' individual FFTEs.

What is the gender breakdown of Ryerson students?
In 2016-17, 55 percent of undergraduate students were female and 46 percent were male. The gender breakdown of students varies significantly by program area. For details by program, go to:

What is the ethnic background of Ryerson students?
The University conducts surveys where respondents may provide information about their background. Recent surveys indicate that about half of respondents are members of a visible minority. Survey reports can be found at:

What ages are Ryerson's students?
The mean age of undergraduate students in 2016-17 is 21.7 years. Information on the age distribution and average age of undergraduate students can be found at - here, one can get info from 2002-03 to 2016-17.

What proportion of applicants are admitted to Ryerson?
In Fall 2015, there were 8.2 applicants for every newly registered student in undergraduate, full-time, first-entry programs at Ryerson. At the graduate level, there were 4.5 applicants for every registrant in Fall 2015. For a list of applicant-to-registrant ratios by program, see:

How satisfied are Ryerson students with their education?
Ryerson regularly conducts a number of surveys to get input from students about their level of engagement, feedback about their academic programs and university services, and their overall level of satisfaction with Ryerson. Surveys are designed for students graduating from undergraduate programs, first-year undergraduate students, undergraduate students across all years, and graduate students. According to the 2015 Comprehensive Student Survey, conducted among undergraduate students across all years of study, over 86 percent of respondents are satisfied with their decision to attend Ryerson.

Survey reports can be found at:

What percentage of Ryerson students find employment after graduation?
Survey data indicate that 83% of the Class of 2013 was employed within 6 months following graduation. Two years after graduation, this figure increases to 92%.

76% of the Class of 2013 was employed in a field that is somewhat or closely related to their field of studies within 6 months of graduation. Two years after graduation, this figure increases to 81%.
Information on program area can be found here. Detailed information by program can be found here (see Progress Indicator 3).

What is Ryerson's "drop-out" rate?
We refer to the proportion of students continuing from one year to the next as the retention rate. For example, our most recent data indicate that 88% of full-time, first-year students who entered a first-entry program at Ryerson from a secondary school in Fall 2014 were still enrolled at Ryerson in Fall 2015.

The graduation rate refers to the proportion of students who graduate within a specified period of time. For example, 69% of full-time students who entered first-entry programs directly from a secondary school in Fall 2009 graduated within 6 years.

How many faculty are at Ryerson?
In 2016-17, there were 877 full-time faculty at Ryerson. Information by department from 2000-01 onward can be found at

What percentage of costs is covered by tuition?
In the 2016-17 fiscal year, tuition accounted for about 52% of Ryerson's operating revenue.