In 1963 the university opened with 216 undergraduates, 14 postgraduates, and 28 academic and administrative staff.
The university started with six departments: Economics, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Politics. At the time, the university consisted of three buildings, principally the historic King’s Manor in the city centre and Heslington Hall, which has Tudor foundations and is in the village of Heslington on the edge of York. A year later, work began on purpose-built structures on the Heslington Campus, which now forms the main part of the university.
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Social Sciences