Mission and Vision

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Education Built for Impact

York College is more than a campus. We’re a community, built around a shared belief that learning should be an experience that serves you for a lifetime.

In the spring of 2022, the York College Board of Trustees approved Strategic Plan 2.0. This updated framework is an expansion and continuation of the efforts we began with the previous strategic plan, Great to Greater (2016-2021). It is the result of collaboration throughout campus, and represents feedback from students, staff, and faculty.

Our world is changing, as are the needs of our students. York College is committed to evolving as an institution, continuing to meet these shifting circumstances in ways that empower our graduates and prepare them for whatever the future may bring. 

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Our Mission

York College prepares its graduates for productive and purposeful lives. As a diverse community of educators and learners, we provide a high-quality, private education that emphasizes personal development, close faculty/student mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. We partner with our community for the benefit of both our students and the broader region. We strive to make this world-class, private education financially accessible.

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Our Vision

York College will be the premier destination for students seeking an education that integrates career preparation with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, and will be a catalyst for positive change in higher education and in the broader community. York College will stand apart through:

  • Our Graduates, known for their readiness to compete in dynamic and competitive global environments, and for the innovative spirit they bring to their life's work;
  • Our Faculty, known for their expertise, engaging teaching techniques and their commitment to student success;
  • Our Programs, known for their academic excellence and their relevance to a world of careers; and
  • Our Campus and Community, known for the distinctive curricular and co-curricular experiences that support student development and our commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability.