Frequently Asked Questions

As you navigate through the college search process, you will likely have some questions. In an effort to assist you, below you will find some commonly asked questions from prospective students and parents. If you do not see your question, please email and we'll be sure you get the answer.


What is your application deadline?

York College works under "rolling admissions" and processes applications as they are received by the Admissions Office, beginning October 1.


How many students attend York College?

York College has about 4,600 full-time undergraduate students.


What is the average class size?

The average class size is 20 students. York College does not offer classes with more than 40 students.

The ratio of students to faculty is approximately 16 to 1. 81% of York College faculty currently hold doctorates or terminal degrees.


Is it necessary for a freshman to declare a major upon entering York College?

While many first year students will select a program of study, a significant number each year begin their studies at York as undeclared majors. Most baccalaureate programs can be completed in four years should a student not decide upon a major until their sophomore year. The Career Development Center is an excellent resource for those students who need assistance in evaluating and comparing career options.  For the undeclared student seeking counsel and direction, York College provides both people and programs to help develop strategies for you to succeed.


Are there opportunities to study abroad during my four years at York?

Each year more and more York students are realizing the benefits of studying in a setting apart from the United States. Presently, York College has affiliations with programs in 15 countries, however students are able to study abroad virtually anywhere in the world and are not limited to a specific list programs. There are regularly scheduled information sessions which help students get started in the process and a Global Education Fair each fall. Opportunities include: Short Term, Summer, Semester and Full-Year Programs. This allows every interested student to participate in a Study Abroad Program.


Can freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes, freshmen may bring their cars to campus. Campus Safety will issue a parking permit for a fee of $80 for the academic year.


Are drugs and alcohol a problem at York College?

York College is a “dry campus”, no alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on campus. This policy is regulated through the resident assistants in each housing facility, and enforced by the Department of Campus Safety.  There is one upper-classman housing facility which allows those students who are 21 or over to possess a certain quantity of alcohol.


How many students live in college housing? And it is guaranteed?

78% of full-time freshman live on campus. Approximately 65% of the student body reside in some type of college housing or in the surrounding community. College housing includes traditional style residence halls, suites, apartments and college-owned homes on the perimeter of campus.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are required to live on campus unless living with a parent or guardian. During senior year, students may request to move off-campus. Most off-campus housing is conveniently located adjacent to campus. Students may live on campus all four years as long as the housing deposit is paid before the deadline.


How much is Out-of-State tuition?

York College is a private institution. This means, whether you live in the state of Pennsylvania or live in Maryland or even California, tuition is the same for all students.