Concordia University in Montreal is one of Canada’s largest, offering more than 500 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It provides a flexible learning environment with evening classes, online courses and a library open 24-7. “This is an innovative, urban university for the next generation,” says president Alan Shepard. “We give our students not just the knowledge they need, but the opportunity to take their great ideas from the classroom to the lab and creative spaces, and into the wider world.” In that vein, the District 3 Innovation Centre is a community where students, alumni and academic leaders share ideas and generate new products. Living in Montreal has perks, too. Rent is relatively inexpensive, and the downtown campus, located in “Quartier Concordia,” is close to attractions and nightclubs. The Loyola campus in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 6.5 kilometres away, is home to the new Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, the first of its kind in Canada. It brings together researchers from biology, engineering, computer and social sciences. Known for its rolling lawns and Gothic architecture, Loyola is easy to get to via the shuttle bus or—a campus highlight—a bike path.
• Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program: A select group of undergraduate finance students receive hands-on training in investment management by working with a real-life portfolio of more than $1.5 million.
• Building Engineering: Students analyze a building’s structural properties and requirements while considering such things as energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
• Electroacoustic Studies: Offered through the department of music, students learn to design sound for visual media, theatre and video games using professional-grade equipment in state-of-the-art facilities.
• Architecture & Urbanism in Montreal: The city is the classroom for this course, which includes field trips, walking tours and museum visits. Students explore how economic and social upheavals have shaped the urban landscape.
• Sexuality in Human Relations: In an environment designed to foster respect for sexual diversity, students learn about historical, cultural and emotional aspects of sexuality.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 80%; R-Score 24.00
Arts: 70% to 85%; R-Score 20.00 to 30.00
Science: 70% to 90%; R-Score 20.00 to 30.00
Commerce: 80%; R-Score 26.00
|$3,722 ($8,459 out-of-province students)||1st & 2nd year: 55.7
3rd & 4th year: 29.9
|910 (860 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 70.5%