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University of Windsor

University of Windsor | Windsor, Ont. | Founded 1857


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The University of Windsor takes advantage of its location at Canada’s busiest border crossing—hosting the Cross-Border Institute and offering programs in partnership with U.S. schools, such as the dual J.D. program, a collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy, which provides graduates with the ability to practise law in both Canada and the U.S. Windsor’s campus has beautiful buildings, both new and old, such as the 1928 red-brick Dillon Hall, and is connected to a band of grass along the river with a view of the Detroit skyline. Over the past five years, the campus has undergone a major transformation, including the recent opening of the first phase of the downtown campus. The former Windsor Star newspaper building now houses the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education. The former Windsor Armouries building is now the home of the School of Creative Arts. Meanwhile, construction is nearly finished on a new Science Research and Innovation Facility, which will provide lab and collaborative space for research. “We make every effort to create a learning environment that emphasizes student engagement, and one where the classroom and the laboratory prepare students for the opportunities and challenges that begin with graduation,” says Alan Wildeman, who is wrapping up 10 years as university president.

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Standout Programs
• Disability Studies: Through coursework, experience-based practice and community placements, students are taught the tools to become advocates for social justice and accessibility for people with disabilities.
Film Production and Media Arts: With access to industry-standard equipment, students develop hands-on skills in filmmaking and sonic and time-based video art.
• Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience: Combines biological and psychological understandings of how the brain works; students gain lab-based research and field experience beginning in first year.

Cool Courses
• Canine Impact: Exploring the Dog-Human Relationship: Explores the role and significance of dogs in a human world, from biological, ethical, historical, psychological and social perspectives.
• Queer Activism: Examining the past and present of LGBTQ+ activism, students analyze how protests, memes and alliance-building help create and maintain queer communities.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 74%
Arts: 70% to 80%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 73% to 78%
$7,140 1st & 2nd year: 75.4
3rd & 4th year: 36.7
Undergraduates: 12,780
Graduates: 2,794
996 (679 reserved for first years) Graduation: 72.9%
Retention: 85.7%

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