University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1848

University of Ottawa students on campus

(Courtesy of the University of Ottawa)

The University of Ottawa is a diverse, bilingual university with more than 450 programs 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 96 per cent placement rate. Students find opportunities in government offices, research institutions and health centres in the nation’s capital. The school’s co-curricular uOGlobal recognition program helps students develop employment skills valued worldwide.

As part of its growth and development plan, uOttawa opened the Advanced Research Complex; it houses the Centre for Advanced Photonics, several geoscience laboratories and the only accelerator mass spectrometer in Canada. 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.”

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Standout Programs
French Immersion Study: Offered in 86 programs in the humanities, science and engineering. Students study partly in French, learn terms relevant to their discipline and have access to a mentoring centre, writing help and off-campus opportunities.
Software Engineering: Students gain technical knowledge and people skills while working in teams that create software for real clients. Through graduate and industry sponsors, students may start their own companies as part of a co-op work term.
Integrated Food Sciences: With its partner Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa, this program includes courses in culinary techniques, nutrition sciences, food business management, food safety and customer relations. Final semester includes a practicum.

Cool Courses
Creativity and Innovation: Students in this highly interactive course learn how to think creatively and improve originality. Learn techniques to foster daily creativity and overcome mental blocks.
African Cinema: Study representation, resistance and identity in film across Africa from the colonial era to modern days.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 78% · Engineering: 84%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 30,573 · Part-time: 4,098
Graduates: Full-time: 5,901 · Part-time: 1,142
International Students: First-year: 17.1% · Graduate: 35.2%
Male-female Ratio: 39 to 61
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 3,007 (4,180 last year with 3,462 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $13,917 ·
Apartment-style: $7,766 to $13,465

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