Concordia University

Concordia University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1974

Concordia University building exterior

(Courtesy of Concordia University)

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.

“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued,” says president Graham Carr. “Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” In that vein, the District 3 Innovation Center is a community where students, alumni and academic leaders share ideas and generate new products. Last year, District 3 expanded to include the BioHub, an accelerator for entrepreneurs and innovators in life sciences.

Living in Montreal has its perks. Rent is relatively inexpensive, and the downtown campus 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, which brings together researchers from biology, engineering, computer and social sciences. The campus also hosts the new $62-million Applied Science Hub, which supports research in areas such as chemical and materials engineering, aquatic biology, nanoscience and bioprocessing. Known for its rolling lawns and Gothic architecture, Loyola is easy to reach by shuttle bus, public transit or—a campus highlight—a bike path.

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Standout Programs
Art History: Students can focus on artistic periods of interest, gain access to extensive research resources and pursue social and professional opportunities.
Environmental and Sustainability Science: This interdisciplinary degree offers new specialized streams in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, and earth systems and climate science.
Immigration Studies: Offered as a certificate or a minor, this program delves into the sociology, geography, anthropology and politics of migration.

Cool Courses
The Game Creator’s Odyssey: Concordia partnered with Ubisoft to launch this online course—designed as a video game itself—that explores video game development.
Socio-cultural Research and Practice: Sustainable art design and practice are the focus of this new course. Last fall, students fermented their own kombucha leather for use in clothing design.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$4,198 ($9,761 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-90%; R score 20-31 · Science: 70-90%;
R score 21-31 · Commerce: 80%; R score 27 · Engineering: 80-91%; R score 24-31
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,601 · Part-time: 8,246
Graduates: Full-time: 6,421 · Part-time: 1,124
International Students: First-year: 16.9% ·
Graduate: 60.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53
Housing Facts
Residence suspended for academic year 2020-21 because of COVID-19. Information below is from 2019-20.
Residence Spaces: 905 (865 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,256 to $12,229

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