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University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Oshawa, Ont. | Founded 2003


 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Inside the Nuclear Simulation Lab, where students work with simulators of CANDU nuclear reactors. Photo by Donald Weber/VII Network

Inside the Nuclear Simulation Lab, where students work with simulators of CANDU nuclear reactors.

Signs of innovation are everywhere: UOIT’s campus reflects the university’s technology emphasis, with a geothermal heat-recovery system that warms and cools buildings. Environmental features (green roofs, coated windows) are standard. And the main campus in Oshawa’s north end is one of the most wired learning environments in the country. Tuition fees cover the lease of a laptop. Students learn using the latest technology and software within their field of study and have access to Blackboard, which is used for student and faculty communication and course notes. The government act that created UOIT in 2002 required the school to be responsive to the needs of students and to the market-driven needs of employers. “Today’s employers are seeking graduates who can demonstrate a passion for inquiry and immediately apply their skills to their careers,” says president Tim McTiernan. “We strive to be innovative, connected, and to provide a superior educational experience.” Oshawa is just a half-hour GO Train ride from Toronto. The university is close to great restaurants, museums and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. UOIT recently completed its “Campus Master Plan,” which details expansion plans all the way to 2030.

READ: UOIT through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
Commerce: Integrating key business functions with the use and understanding of today’s latest technologies, this program provides students with the skills necessary for employment in a competitive market.
Automotive Engineering: The only stand-alone program of its kind in Canada; provides students with a strong mechanical engineering foundation and includes elements of manufacturing and electrical engineering.
Communication and Digital Media Studies: Explores the economic, political and cultural drivers, as well as the impact, of communications and digital media within society. Students can pursue the comprehensive program or pursue a specialization.

Cool Courses
Issues in Organized Crime: This course identifies the nature of organized crime in all societies, including a critical analysis of terrorism; analysis is grounded in theory and an applied research approach.
Cybercrime: This course covers different manifestations of cybercrime, including hacking, viruses and other forms of malicious software; presents technical and social issues of cybercrime and covers the origins and extent of the cybercrime problem.


Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%
Arts: 80%
Science: 80% to 90%
Commerce: 80%
$8,470 Not provided Full-time: 8,748
Part-time: 594
1,576 (1,360 reserved for first years) Graduation: 67.6%
Retention: 79.4%

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