Ryerson’s Acceptance Rate Compared to the University of Toronto? Find Out if Ryerson is Your Better Fit

Ryerson is notoriously known for having the most applications (based on spots available) for an undergraduate degree in Ontario. Students who once called Ryerson, Rye High are intrigued by Ryerson’s approach to learning and its geographic position. It also helps that Ryerson has a decent reputation for programs such as Journalism, Interior Design and Nursing. We have uncovered what the typical acceptance rates are for some faculties.

#1. Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management vs. Rotman Commerce

As it may be surprising to many, the acceptance rate for both programs is roughly the same, sitting at 12-15%. In the 2016-2017 year, there were nearly 16200 applications to Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management. That far exceeded the 2400 spots available in the first of the program. On the other hand, Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto saw 6,300 applications in the 2016-2017 year with only 730 spots available. Both business programs will earn you a Bachelor of Commerce. Whether you’re looking for a reputable program or a place that can put your foot in the door for an MBA, either one is a great option.

#2. Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts vs. the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science

ryerson's acceptance rate

Ryerson differs greatly from the University of Toronto because of the fact their Arts and Sciences programs are not in the same faculty. The Faculty of Arts at Ryerson has around an 11% rate between applicants (all choices) and registrants. There are no published statistics for Ryerson’s Faculty of Science due to it being a [newer] faculty than the rest. At the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Arts and Science 

#3. All Programs at Ryerson vs. All Programs at the University of Toronto

Overall, the University of Toronto and Ryerson have similar acceptance rates. Both universities have an average acceptance rate of around 70%. It differs for each program, especially for ones that are competitive like Nursing at Ryerson or Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.

Now you’re thinking, what school is better for you? We have compiled a list of some pros and cons for both universities.

Ryerson University


  • Centrally located
  • Hands-on learning
  • Home to some of the best business incubators in North America
  • Offers highly sought-after programs such as Interior Design, Nursing, and Journalism
  • Class sizes aren’t as big as the University of Toronto


  • Student Life may suffer because of being a commuter school.
  • Limited Residences for upper years
  • Limited study space

University of Toronto


  • Top-ranked University in Canada
  • Vast research opportunities
  • Accessible by public transit
  • Well-known worldwide


  • Large campus
  • Competitive 
  • Bell curving
  • Retention rate is lower 

Published on August 26, 2019

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