The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with more than 300 undergraduate programs and 250 graduate degrees in nine faculties. Students can study everything from fine arts to hard sciences in French, English or both. The university has an extensive co-op program boasting a 96 per cent placement rate. Students find opportunities in government offices, research institutions and health centres in the nation’s capital.
As part of its growth and development plan, uOttawa opened the Advanced Research Complex, housing the Centre for Advanced Photonics, several geoscience laboratories and the only accelerator mass spectrometer in Canada, as well as two residences and a 24-7 dining hall. In 2018, the university opened three new buildings: a STEM-focused complex, a theatre and the Learning Crossroads, a space dedicated to active learning and teaching innovation. The campus blends well into the city’s urban core. Academic buildings and dorms are not far from a coffee shop or a decent place to eat, and the nearby Rideau Centre is the city’s best place to go for mainstream shopping.
“Two of the University of Ottawa’s many distinctive features are certainly its location in the heart of the capital and its international perspective,” says president Jacques Frémont. “We’re equally proud of the bilingual nature of our university, which also shapes our identity.”
• Data Science: This five-year dual degree combines math and computer science with hands-on experience in machine learning, algorithms and programming; students learn to mine big data and use it to understand people, nations, climate change and more.
• French Immersion Study: Offered in 86 programs, students study partly in French and benefit from a dedicated mentoring centre and writing help, as well as local opportunities to practise their French.
• Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Social Innovation: This microprogram is open to undergrads in the faculty of arts looking to gain training in entrepreneurship. Students take three introductory business courses and three specialized arts courses.
• Applied Investment Fund Management: Students manage a $150,000 investment portfolio in this hands-on finance course.
• Walls to Bridges: In this criminology course, students take part in discussions, activities and projects at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 73-78% · Science: 75-84% · Commerce: 75-85% · Engineering: 80-85%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 30,484 · Part-time: 4,499
Graduates: Full-time: 5,429 · Part-time: 1,050
International Students: First-year: 19% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
4,134 (3,324 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $10,881 to $11,581 · Single room with meals: $12,113 to $12,813 · Apartment-style: $7,243 to $12,451