Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Transforming lives, innovating with industry and growing with our city

For more than 50 years, George Brown College has adapted to meet the evolving needs of students and employers. We foster lifelong learning, entrepreneurship, innovation and applied research, and strong industry partnerships that seamlessly connect our students and graduates to top employers.

We’re also passionate about our role in shaping the future of Toronto by helping neighbourhoods thrive as we build new facilities, expand and strengthen our relationships with community and industry partners, and prepare highly skilled workers that our economy needs.

Check out our 2017/18 annual report Game Changers to see more stats and examples of how we’re preparing diverse learners for success.

George Brown College by the numbers

Student enrolment 2017-18

Credential FT/PT
Certificate 4,718/402
Diploma 10,581/880
Advanced Diploma 8,847/633
Graduate Certificate 2,921/92
Degree 1,689/104
Apprentice 1087
Other 623/1,101
  • Full-time students: 30,466
  • Part-time students: 3,213
  • 23% international students
  • 68,579 Continuing Education registrations

Total programs

Credential #
Certificate 30
Diploma 37
Advanced Diploma 32
Graduate Certificate 40
Degree 9
Pre-College 8
Apprentice 11
Total full-time programs 167
  • Continuing Education Certificates/Designations: 191

New programs in fall 2018

We launched three new programs in September 2018, including Blockchain Development – the first comprehensive certificate program of its kind at a Canadian college.

Enabling the innovation economy

We’ve successfully built applied research and advanced training capacity across five strategic areas:

  1. Design for the Smart Economy
  2. Sustainability and the Built Environment
  3. Community Health, Wellness and Education
  4. Food and Beverage Innovation
  5. Business/Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship


research college in Canada in 2017


student research experiences in 2017-18


international academic and industry partnerships spread across 17 countries

Points of pride

92% of employers surveyed are very satisfied with George Brown grads they’ve hired.*
98% of our qualifying programs offered field education in 2017-18.
983 scholarships worth $1.2 million were awarded by our Foundation in 2017-18.

*Source: Key Performance Indicators, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, April 19, 2017.

George Brown students working on computers

Expansion plans

2019 — New Waterfront Campus School of Design opens

An exciting new facility for our School of Design opens in the new year at the Daniels City of the Arts complex at Queens Quay East and Jarvis Street, as we expand our Waterfront Campus.

2021 — Constructions starts on our tall-wood building, The Arbour

We’re building Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building. Construction on the structure, designed by the team of Moriyama + Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects, is slated to begin in 2021. We’re aiming to build a net positive building.