Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1995

This profile appears in the 2019 Maclean’s University Guidebook. As part of a partnership with Maclean’s, Royal Roads University has created and supplied additional photos and material as indicated below. Royal Roads did not have editorial input into the wording of the profile itself.

Royal Roads Danthon Castle exterior

Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University. (Photograph courtesy of Dan Anthon)

Royal Roads University offers both on-campus and online learning, catering primarily to mature students by offering applied and professional programs, and by delivery models suited to working people. “We focus on applied learning so students have the skills they need to thrive in this emerging economy,” says president Philip Steenkamp. “Our instructors are actively working in their fields. From technology to diplomacy and environmental studies, students are immersed in the very best of scholarship and practice.”

Royal Roads accepts transfer credits from colleges and universities across the country. A flexible admission policy recognizes formal and informal learning. With a focus on small classes and group projects, RRU aims to build a network of contacts for students, having them work closely together to achieve common goals. This is echoed in the small-group residencies, the on-campus portion of blended online courses. Students can choose from 11 undergraduate degree-completion programs (i.e., third- and fourth-year; RRU only offers first- and second-year undergrad courses to international students), 20 master’s programs, 29 graduate certificates and diplomas, and an applied doctoral program in social sciences. The campus, set on a former coal baron’s estate within the Hatley Park National Historic Site, is surrounded by expansive gardens and forest, and is just a 20-minute drive to Victoria.

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Standout Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management: Students apply in-class learning to fieldwork in some of Vancouver Island’s hottest tourism destinations. The program includes a compulsory internship, as well as opportunities to study abroad.
Justice Studies: This interdisciplinary bachelor’s program covers law, criminology, philosophy, social work, public administration and political science, providing a well-rounded understanding of the Canadian justice system.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Sustainability: Students acquire the skills to manage sustainable businesses anywhere in the world. Extracurricular activities, such as competitions, provide opportunities to apply students’ learning.

Cool Courses
Inside Out Prison Exchange Program: Studying alongside offenders in a minimum-security correctional institution, students examine the justice system and their own perspectives on criminal justice.
Tourism Entrepreneurship: Students learn the entrepreneurial process from real-life entrepreneurs and develop a comprehensive plan for a new business.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science, Commerce: No direct admittance for Canadian students to first-year undergraduate programs; B average in first two years of post-secondary for entry to third-year pro­grams
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,401
Graduates: Full-time: 3,502
International students: Graduate: 8%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces
176 (short-term residences)
Residence Costs
Single room without meals: $30-$45 per night, plus taxes

Sherman Jen Building exterior at Royal Roads University

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Royal Roads University lab classroom

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Students sitting outside at Royal Roads University

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Lecture classroom at Royal Roads University

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Royal Roads University rec centre with basketball court and gym

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Two students walking up the Neptune stairs at Royal Roads University

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