University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1848


University of Ottawa Student and Professor

The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with 300 undergraduate programs and 150 graduate degrees in 10 faculties. Students can study everything from fine arts to hard sciences in French, English or both. The university has an extensive co-op program boasting a 95 per cent placement rate. Since fall 2014, as part of its growth and development plan, U of O opened the Advanced Research Complex, housing the Centre for Advanced Photonics, several geoscience laboratories and the only accelerator mass spectrometer in Canada, as well as two residences and a new dining hall. In 2017, the university will boast two new buildings, a new black box theatre and learning centre. “By working together toward the goals set out in our strategic plan, we will continue to develop quality programs, recruit and train leading scientists and scholars, pursue outstanding research, and engender among students, faculty and staff a deep commitment to learning and discovery,” says Allan Rock, who is wrapping up his time as president. U of O blends well into the city’s urban core. Academic buildings and dorms are not far from a coffee shop or a decent place to eat, and the nearby Rideau Centre is the city’s best place to go for mainstream shopping. Students have the chance to work in government offices or at major research institutions and health centres in the nation’s capital.

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Standout Programs
Commerce: The Telfer School of Management offers a range of programs, including entrepreneurship, health systems management, and analytics; experiential learning, including co-ops, is emphasized.
International Development and Globalization: Internships and co-ops provide work experience in Canada and abroad at governmental and non-governmental agencies.
French Immersion Stream: Offered in 76 programs, students study partly in French and benefit from a dedicated mentoring centre and writing help. Students can also practise their French outside the classroom in the National Capital Region.

Cool Courses
• Model United Nations: Students represent different countries and advance their foreign policies, as they debate the issues and crises that face the world today.
• The Sound of Rock: Study and analysis of the sound and history of rock music, with the aim of developing listening and analytical skills.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 73% to 85%
Arts: 73% to 83%
Science: 78% to 85%
Commerce: 78% to 81%
$7,265 Not provided Full-time: 30,130
Part-time: 5,938
3,900 (3,350 reserved for first years) Graduation: 76.5%
Retention: 87.3%

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