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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1848


University of Ottawa. (University of Ottawa)

The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with more than 300 undergraduate programs and 250 graduate degrees in 10 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 95 per cent placement rate. Since 2014, as part of its growth and development plan, U of O 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 new dining hall. In 2018, the university will open three new buildings: a STEM-focused complex, a black box theatre and the Crossroads, a renovated learning centre. U of O 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.” Students have the chance to work in government offices or at major research institutions and health centres in the nation’s capital.

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Standout Programs
• Commerce: Build basic business skills in the first two years, then pick a specialization such as finance, human resources management or accounting. Co-op and international exchange opportunities are available.
Biomedical Sciences: Study both fundamental and applied biology-based sciences, including anatomy and psychology, as well as basic sciences such as chemistry and biology; co-op option is available.
French Immersion Stream: 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.

Cool Courses
• Globalization, Crime and Justice: In this criminology course, students learn how globalization can affect crime, crime control, the justice system and the legal profession.
• International Queer Cinema: Study modern queer cinema from the U.S. and Europe by examining the cinematic representation of characters who don’t conform to gender and sexuality norms.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 80% to 86%
Arts: 73% to 80%
Science: 75% to 84%
Commerce: 75% to 85%
$7,481 Undergraduates: 35,311
Graduates: 6,443
3,900 (3,350 reserved for first years) Graduation: 76.5%
Retention: 87.3%

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