Concordia University 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 km 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.
• Aerospace Engineering: Study the development of aircraft—from helicopters to spaceships. The program covers design and the mechanisms behind flight and propulsion.
• Computation Arts: A digital program that explores the intersection of design, art and technology, while considering as well the cultural and political implications of an increasingly wired society. Students have access to professional lab and studio equipment; some get to participate in research at Concordia’s Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.
• Ecology: This program offers small classes, state-of-the-art analysis tools, and opportunities for undergrads to conduct research. Students in B.Sc. honours or specialization in ecology can apply for three co-op terms.
• The Art of Cool: Don’t expect to learn how to be cool, necessarily—but take a critical look at the concept and how it is appropriated.
• Witchcraft, Magic and Religion: This course analyzes witchcraft, magic and religion throughout the ages and around the world, as well as exploring its participants’ relationships with society.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 80%; R-Score 24 to 25
Arts: 70% to 85%; R-Score 20 to 30
Science: 70% to 90%; R-Score 20 to 30
Commerce: 80%; R-Score 26
|$3,784 ($8,683 out-of-province students)||1st & 2nd year: 57.5
3rd & 4th year: 34.6
|910 (860 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 70.8%