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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 president Alan Shepard. “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.” 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 new 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.

READ: The inside scoop on life at Concordia

Standout Programs
Aerospace Engineering: Study the development of aircraft—from helicopters to spaceships to unmanned air vehicles. The program covers design and the mechanisms behind flight and propulsion.
Computation Arts: A digital program that explores the intersection of design, art and technology, while also considering the cultural and political implications of an increasingly wired society. Students have access to professional lab and studio equipment.
• Actuarial Mathematics/Finance: This highly competitive and multidisciplinary program trains students to become successful actuaries. A co-op option gives students a year’s worth of work experience; many students graduate with a full-time job offer.

Cool Courses
• Feminist University Seminar: Students develop a research project focused on a particular theme, drawing on feminist theory and social action research methodologies to tackle institutional inequities.
• Fundamental Nutrition: From food safety and sustainability to the fats, carbs and vitamins that make up our food, this online class covers the basics about the way we eat.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%; R-Score 24 to 25
Arts: 70% to 85%; R-Score 20 to 30
Science: 70% to 90%; R-Score 20 to 30
Commerce: 80%; R-Score 26
$3,784 ($8,683 out-of-province students) 1st & 2nd year: 57.5
3rd & 4th year: 34.6
Undergraduates: 27,661
Graduates: 5,891
910 (860 reserved for first years) Graduation: 70.8%
Retention: 85.8%

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