Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In less than 50 years we have become one of the world's leading universities.York has become one of the top ten universities in the UK for teaching and research – and is first in the UK and seventh in the world in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities less than 50 years old. There are now over 30 academic departments and research centres and the student body has expanded to nearly 16,000.Located within walking distance of York city centre, our safe and attractive Heslington campus is home to our eight colleges and most of our departments. We also have several departments located in the city centre at the historic King's Manor. In recent years, our £750m campus expansion has seen the opening of seven new buildings, increasing our capacity for student numbers and providing more world-class facilities for the 21st century. Sustainability plays a key role in this ambitious development.All York students become members of our college system, which encourages inclusivity and a valuable sense of community.