Not many campuses can offer a 10-minute walk to the beach with surroundings of ocean, mountains and forests, but the University of Victoria has so much green space, it’s no wonder students flock outdoors in the springtime—which comes in early March—to study and suntan on blankets. But the location also influences UVic’s identity, which has research strengths in ocean and climate health, Indigenous knowledge, clean growth and healthy communities. “We’re big enough to have an international reach and impact, but small enough to create a personalized learning environment,” says president Jamie Cassels. “It’s just that right size.”
Also flocking to UVic is revenue from external research grants and contracts, which has more than tripled in the past 10 years. The $300-million Ocean Networks Canada manages cabled ocean observatories off the west and east coasts of Canada and in the Arctic to help communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about the ocean. These observatories help scientists learn more about everything from ocean change and fish abundance, to earthquakes and tsunamis, deep-sea ecosystems and ocean engineering. But UVic isn’t just for science types. Political science students have long gone on to jobs at the nearby B.C. legislature, and the ﬁne arts building is a hub for innovative writing and theatre.
• Indigenous Law: This program combines study of Canadian common law with Indigenous laws, preparing graduates to work across the two realms in areas such as environmental protection, Indigenous governance, economic development, child protection and education.
• Physics and Ocean Sciences: This physics degree focuses on how climate change will affect the ocean and environment as it prepares students to develop new techniques and instrumentation to observe and understand those changes.
• Music and Computer Science: Fusing technology and music, students produce recordings, film scores, video games, live performance and sampling by using 3D sound controllers and interdisciplinary research.
• Archaeology Field Schools: Students conduct fieldwork, laboratory analyses and written research from recovered archaeological materials in locations around the world.
• Hockey Nation: Sports History and Canadian Identity: Examine Canadian history through the history of sport from pre-industrial times to the late 20th century.
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 82% · Commerce: 80% · Engineering: 83%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,522 · Part-time: 4,895
Graduates: Full-time: 3,034 · Part-time: 247
International Students: First-year: 10.1% · Graduate: 33.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
2,299 (2,070 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $9,306 · Single room with meals: $10,608 · Apartment-style: $6,430 to $8,062