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.
• 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 $2 million.
• Building Engineering: Students design and analyze a building’s structural properties and requirements while considering such things as energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
• Geography, Planning, and Environment: Students can choose from four interdisciplinary programs that focus on both natural and social sciences to examine geography, urban studies and urban planning, and environmental science.
• Tolkien’s Old English: This online course studies the fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien alongside the works of Old English literature that inspired him. The course incorporates ideas of gaming and uses unique, purpose-drawn illustrations.
• U1x The First Year Experience: This course is meant for first-year mature and out-of-province students. Students work on information literacy, writing, arts-based inquiry, and oral and digital presentation skills.
|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%