University of Victoria

University of Victoria | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1963

University of Victoria student

Combined biology and psychology 4th year student, Alison Perry, demonstrates 3-D motion sensors and magnetic sensors that measure hand movement and different grasp responses at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Thursday October 9, 2014. (Photograph by Chad Hipolito)

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. “We provide our students with a wealth of research-enriched, experiential and global learning opportunities,” says Jamie Cassels, who is wrapping up seven years as president. “What we do in every domain has a positive impact on our most pressing issues, including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and a sustainable future for our communities and the planet.”

UVic’s revenue from external research grants and contracts 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, visual arts and theatre. In the works: a new energy efficient housing and dining project.

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Standout Programs
Indigenous Studies: Students explore the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that shape the lives and resistance of Indigenous peoples, locally, within Canada and around the world.
Biomedical Engineering: Students learn how to improve human health through designing technologies, such as biomechanics, medical implants and 3D tissue printing.
Biology and Ocean Sciences: Drawing on field work and marine labs, students examine the oceanic, geological and atmospheric processes that shape the Earth.

Cool Courses
The Destruction of Art: This course explores the intentional damaging of art during times of conflict and has a focus on religious and political censorship.
The Science of Batman: This course examines the potential and adaptability of the body, using Batman as the peak example of conditioning.

$6,550 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 82% · Commerce: 80% ·
Engineering: 83%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,618 · Part-time: 4,936
Graduates: Full-time: 2,961 · Part-time: 212
International Students: First-year: 9.4% ·
Graduate: 34.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,303

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