Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University | Oshawa, Ont. | Founded 2003

Ontario Tech students on campus

(Courtesy of Ontario Tech University)

Signs of innovation are everywhere at Ontario Tech University. The 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.

At Ontario Tech, students learn by using the latest technology and software in their field of study. The government act that created the university in 2002 required the school to be responsive 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 University 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 great pubs, restaurants, and sport and concert venues in a rapidly growing community.

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Standout Programs
Integrated Mathematics and Computer Science: Students develop a strong foundation and learn practical applications of both subjects in this in-demand field. Self-directed group projects inspired by real-world industry issues are included.
• Psychology: This program provides core courses in social sciences, trains in research methods and statistics, and develops skills in various tech-focused areas. Two specializations are on offer.
BTech in Sustainable Energy Systems: This program, which covers technologies related to energy systems, combines core courses with experiential learning. Topics covered include low-carbon technologies, smart grids, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Cool Courses
Digital Game Studies: Study the way culture influences video games and vice versa. Explore the roles of storytelling, representation and production.
Race-ing Justice: Examine the relationships between race, criminalization and justice. Topics include victimization, policing, and the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in the criminal justice system.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,545
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-73% · Science: 70-85% · Commerce: 73-75% · Engineering: 75-85%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 8,993 · Part-time: 584
Graduates: Full-time: 519 · Part-time: 294
International Students: First-year: 8.2% · Graduate: 35.1%
Male-female Ratio: 59 to 41
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 521 (1,522 last year with 1,360 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $13,171 to $13,980 · Single room without meals: $7,700 to $8,150 · Apartment-style: $4,000 to $4,600

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