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University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Oshawa, Ont. | Founded 2003

University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Inside the Nuclear Simulation Lab, where students work with simulators of CANDU nuclear reactors. Photo by Donald Weber/VII Network
Inside the Nuclear Simulation Lab, where students work with simulators of CANDU nuclear reactors.

Signs of innovation are everywhere: UOIT’s campus reflects the university’s technology emphasis, with more than 70 specialized research laboratories and facilities, including the Automotive Centre of Excellence, which features one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels. The campus offers one of the most wired learning environments in the country. Students learn 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 technology,” says president Steven Murphy. “Our students and graduates are go-getters: 85 per cent of them have benefited from an experiential learning opportunity when they graduate. We also provide the personal support, specialized programs and modern research infrastructure that smart, young, focused students need for success.” 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.

READ: UOIT through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
• Data Science: This computer science specialization equips students with the problem-solving skills they need to analyze vast quantities of data—an area of demand for industries including health care, finance and business consulting.
• Networking and Information Technology Security: Gain skills in cloud computing, programming, scripting and more. Students have access to leading-edge equipment and laboratories.
Mechatronics Engineering: This interdisciplinary field integrates mechanical and electrical systems with real-time control, combining hardware with software to produce new devices, such as consumer products, medical devices and robots.

Cool Courses
• Crime Scene Science: The course offers practical training in forensic investigation. Students learn how to glean important clues from crime scenes, including techniques for fingerprint recovery, footwear impressions and evidence collection and preservation.
From Pong to Pokémon GO: Digital Games Studies: Students analyze the broader cultural context of how video games shape our world, and vice versa.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80%
Arts: 80%
Science: 80% to 90%
Commerce: 80%
$8,688 Undergraduates: 9,222
Graduates: 722
1,576 (1,360 reserved for first years) Graduation: 71.4%
Retention: 80.3%

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