Concordia University

Concordia University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1974

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Concordia is one of Canada’s largest universities, 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 that’s open 24-7.

“This is an innovative, urban university for the next generation,” says Alan Shepard, who is wrapping up seven years as president. (Graham Carr will succeed him as interim president.) “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,” says Shepard. 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 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.

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Standout Programs
• Building Engineering: This interdisciplinary program teaches basic engineering sciences, as well as the fundamentals of building materials, structural analysis and design, economics and project management.
• Journalism: This program delivers theory and practical skills. The department’s new Institute for Investigative Journalism enables students across the country to participate in large-scale public interest stories in collaboration with major media outlets.
Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology: Students learn the science of human exercise and health while developing the skills to address the physical activity needs of specific populations, such as those with physical or sensory impairments.

Cool Courses
• Contemporary First Peoples Art: Students examine a variety of art traditions among First Peoples within the context of the artists’ lived experiences and the issues surrounding arts patronage by settlers.
The Marketing of Food: Introduces the structure and key players of the food and beverage industry, expanding students’ knowledge of the problems that plague the industry and the tools needed to develop solutions.

$3,895 ($9,071 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-90%; R score 20-30 · Science: 70-90%; R score 20-30 · Commerce: 80%; R score 26 · Engineering: 80-90%; R score 24-30
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,706 ·
Part-time: 7,817
Graduates: Full-time: 5,809 · Part-time: 1,086
International Students: First-year: 14.5% ·
Graduate: 54.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53
Residence Spaces
901 (891 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,274 to $10,239 · Single room with meals: $8,958 to $11,911

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