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. Two years ago, 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.”
• Integrated Food Sciences: In partnership with Le Cordon Bleu, this program includes courses in culinary techniques, nutrition sciences, food business management, food safety and customer relationships. Final semester includes a practicum placement.
• Software Engineering: This co-op only program focuses on innovative engineering and entrepreneurship; courses largely incorporate teamwork. Through alumni and industry sponsors, students can start their own company as a co-op work term.
• French Immersion Study: Offered in 86 programs. Students study partly in French and benefit from a dedicated mentoring centre. They get writing help as well as local opportunities to practise their French.
• Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Learn how comic books and graphic novels have evolved to blend art and pop culture while balancing independent work and collaboration.
• Global Environmental Challenges: Explore the threats humans have introduced to the environment and how society is responding to these challenges.
$7,311 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 73-80% · Science: 75-84% · Commerce: 75-85% · Engineering: 80-86%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 30,492 · Part-time: 4,573
Graduates: Full-time: 5,684 · Part-time: 1,057
International Students: First-year: 9.8% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces: 4,180
(3,462 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $12,008 · Single room with meals: $13,314 ·
Apartment-style: $7,440 to $12,949