Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada | Kingston, Ont. | Founded 1876

Royal Military College students scaling a wall

Royal Military College of Canada students (Courtesy of RMC)

RMC trains officer cadets for all branches of the military. In the summer before school starts, first-year cadets begin their basic military occupational qualification training—which includes drills, first aid and field training—followed in September by an orientation program that culminates in a challenging two-hour-long, team-based obstacle course.

The campus is set on a 41-hectare peninsula on the shores of Lake Ontario just east of downtown Kingston, Ont., and features limestone buildings and a giant parade square dating back to 1876. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of courses in the arts and sciences with applications in defence. As members of the Canadian Armed Forces, officer cadets also take part in up to 11 weeks of military training in the summers at locations across Canada; some participate in military exercises, including weapons training and leadership training.

Tuition and books are covered by the government, and officer cadets are paid an annual salary of approximately $26,000, which, after covering room and board and some other costs, still leaves about $1,000 in spending money each month. But the funding isn’t for nothing. After graduation, officer cadets must serve up to five years as commissioned officers in the Canadian Armed Forces, and pilots have a longer period of service. Says Brig.-Gen. Sébastien Bouchard, RMC’s commandant: “Officer cadets benefit from taking on leadership roles and receiving mentorship from our experienced senior leaders, which enables [them] to move forward in their careers after graduation.”

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Standout Programs
• Engineering: This popular program—40 per cent of RMC grads are engineers—is available in six disciplines: aeronautical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical and mechanical.
• Space Science: This physics program covers surveillance of space, remote sensing and space mission design; four of Canada’s 13 astronauts are RMC alum.
Military and Strategic Studies: Students explore past and present human conflicts, and their social, cultural, political, military, psychological and historical dimensions.

Cool Courses
Civil Engineering Field School: Students tackle real-world problems and gain relevant experience by completing civil engineering tasks for real clients.
• Peace and Conflict Psychology: Explore the relations between individuals, groups and nations in this course, which delves into prejudice, social inequalities, militarism, social justice and more.

Tuition for students enrolled in ROTP is paid by the Department of National Defence
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering: 75% (acceptance criteria are also based on suitability to become an officer)
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,125 · Part-time: 368
Graduates: Full-time: 262 · Part-time: 353
International Students: First-year: 6.8% · Graduate: 19.5%
Male-female Ratio: 81 to 19
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: Residence space provided for all ROTP students

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