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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1848

(University of Ottawa)

(University of Ottawa)

The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with more than 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 2018, the university will boast two new buildings: a black box theatre and The Learning Centre. 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. “Two of the University of Ottawa’s many distinctive features are certainly its location in the heart of the capital and its international perspective,” says Jacques Frémont, the university’s new president. “We’re equally proud of the bilingual nature of our university, which also shapes our identity.” 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

Digital Humanities: An undergraduate minor, this program is open to students in a wide variety of majors. Explore questions about human culture in a digital format, using mobile apps, data visualization and virtual reality.

Biomedical Sciences: Study both fundamental and applied biology-based sciences, including anatomy and psychology, as well as basic sciences like chemistry and biology; co-op option is available.

French Immersion Stream: Offered in 74 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

The Laws of Robotics: Students examine what laws or ethical practices should govern societies that incorporate robotic and automated technology.

Apocalypse Earth: Discover how catastrophic natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes are linked to climate change, and how they impact life on Earth.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80% to 86%
Arts: 73% to 80%
Science: 75% to 84%
Commerce: 75% to 85%
$7,481 Undergraduates: 35,311
Graduates: 6,443
3,900 (3,350 reserved for first years) Graduation: 76.5%
Retention: 87.3%

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