University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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

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Signs of innovation are everywhere at Ontario Tech University (formerly the University of Ontario Institute of Technology). The campus reflects the university’s emphasis on technology with more than 80 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. 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 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.

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Standout Programs
Sustainable Energy Systems: Study the changing ways that technology, infrastructure and people affect how energy is distributed and used. Courses cover topics such as low-carbon technologies, leadership skills, entrepreneurship and energy policy.
Data Science: This computer science specialization focuses on problem-solving. Students learn how to analyze and interpret vast amounts of data—an in-demand job skill in areas such as health care, finance and business consulting.
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
Tweet, Friend and Follow Me: Take an in-depth look at the impact of and theory behind social media, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Consider the social impact and ethical issues.
Emerging Energy Systems: Learn about current advances in energy systems, including new energy sources, and innovative technologies in fossil, solar, municipal waste, geothermal and tidal energy.

$7,921 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-73% · Science: 70-85% · Commerce: 73-75% · Engineering: 75-85%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 8,942 · Part-time: 594
Graduates: Full-time: 477 · Part-time: 335
International Students: First-year: 8.6% · Graduate: 30%
Male-Female Ratio: 57 to 43
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,522
(1,360 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $11,260 to $11,825 · Single room with meals: $12,560 to $13,565 · Double room without meals: $6,210 · Single room without meals: $7,510 to $7,950 · Apartment-style: $4,000 to $4,600

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