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 the identity of UVic, which has research strengths in ocean and climate health, Indigenous knowledge, clean growth, health sciences and sustainable communities.
“UVic is a diverse and welcoming community that cares deeply about driving social, economic and environmental change,” says president Kevin Hall. “Our students experience a huge range of research-enriched and hands-on learning opportunities.”
UVic has multiple research facilities dedicated to environmental protection and climate solutions. The $450-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. Both the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions focus on solving climate challenges through collaborative research. But the university isn’t just for science buffs. 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, visual arts and theatre. UVic’s start-up activities, including both the creation and support of new companies, has increased more than eightfold since 2016.
• Health Information Science: This interdisciplinary program covers health care, management and technology. Graduates enjoy an employment rate of nearly 100 per cent.
• Visual Art and Computer Science: Explore computer-based creativity and digital media in this combined major that applies visual arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture and photography to computer science.
• Indigenous Studies: Students explore Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and the social, political, cultural and historical dimensions of Indigenous existence and resistance.
• Conceptions of Justice and Engaged Pedagogy: Students explore social justice, taking classes on campus and at a correctional facility.
• Promoting Reconciliation Between the Field of Psychology and Indigenous Peoples: This course fosters dialogue about reconciliation strategies and examines the effects of colonization on Indigenous communities.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 82% · Commerce: 80% · Engineering: 83%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 14,003 · Part-time: 4,877
graduates: Full-time: 2,908 · Part-time: 232
International Students: First-year: 9.5% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 863 (2,303 last year with 2,100 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,424 to $11,844 · Apartment-style: $6,954 to $9,042