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 $200-million Ocean Networks Canada manages cabled ocean observatories off the West Coast 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. Politics 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.
• Biology and Earth and Ocean Sciences: This combined major allows students to take part in extensive labs investigating the biological, chemical, geological and physical components of the ocean, while researching projects ranging from the impact of climate change to underwater soundscapes.
• Indigenous Language Revitalization: Designed for Indigenous community members who want to learn and teach their language, this program is delivered with Indigenous partners who plan the first two years or the full-degree program in their communities.
• Health Information Science: This pioneering program blends health with technology to teach how health data are collected, stored, communicated and processed for health-care professionals and planners.
• The Backpacker’s Guide to European History: Explores the topic from the perspective of student travel, focusing on the historical context of popular destinations and sights.
• History of Video Games and Interactive Media: Examines the cultural role of video games, focusing on influential games and designers, new genres and technological innovations.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$6,138||1st & 2nd year: 64.6
3rd & 4th year: 26.8
|2,299 (2,070 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 65.6%