Ontario Tech

Ontario Tech University | Oshawa, Ont. | Founded 2003

(Courtesy of Ontario Tech University)

Signs of innovation are everywhere at Ontario Tech University. The north Oshawa campus reflects the university’s emphasis on technology with more than 80 specialized research laboratories and facilities. Among them is the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), where one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels is being used to develop the first all-Canadian-made, zero-emissions car prototype.

Opened last year, Shawenjigewining Hall houses tech-enhanced classrooms and research labs, as well as Mukwa’s Den, an Indigenous space where all students can learn more about Indigenous culture. Several downtown buildings provide additional classrooms, labs and study space. The government act that created the university in 2002 required the school to respond to the needs of students and to the market-driven needs of employers.

“Employers want career-ready graduates with a passion for and an understanding of the social and ethical implications of technology,” says president Steven Murphy. “Our vibrant and diverse university offers specialized programs delivered through flexible and dynamic learning. In recent years, more than 90 per cent of Ontario Tech undergraduate students have participated in one or more experiential learning experiences.” Oshawa is less than an hour’s GO train ride from Toronto. The university is close to pubs, restaurants, and sport and concert venues in a rapidly growing community.

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Standout Programs
Marine Biology: Five biological science specializations are available. Students can spend a semester in Bermuda, scrutinizing coral reefs from floating labs and learning firsthand about global environmental challenges.
• Mechatronics Engineering: Drawing on mechanical and electrical engineering, students learn how to produce consumer products, medical devices, robots and high-tech automobile systems.
• Public Health: In this career-oriented program, students learn about health and illness determinants, strategies to promote health and prevent disease, health services, injury prevention and more.

Cool Courses
Pop Culture: Analyze popular culture through case studies in film, television, music, comics and advertisements.
Green Criminology and Eco-Justice: Study damage to the environment, animals and humans. Consider topics such as climate change and greenwashing.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,050
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-73% · Science: 70-85% · Commerce: 73-75% · Engineering: 75-85%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,173 · Part-time: 686
Graduates: Full-time: 559 · Part-time: 256
International Students: First-year: 8% · Graduate: 35.4%
Male-female Ratio: 58 to 42
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,273 (approx. 700 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room: $6,420 to $8,240 · Single room: $9,630 · Double room with meals: $11,993 to $13,725 · Single room with meals: $15,203 to $15,575 · Apartment-style: $5,160 to $5,560

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