University of Ottawa: Narrative Description

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550 Cumberland St.
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
Tel: (613)562-5700
Admissions: (613)562-5800
E-mail: [email protected]
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Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1848. Setting: 70-acre urban campus. Endowment: $69.7 million. Total enrollment: 31,409. Faculty: 1,774 (947 full-time, 827 part-time). 25,470 applied, 68% were admitted. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 164 other countries, 19% from out-of province, 24% 25 or older. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; social sciences and history; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Carleton University, Saint Paul University, Canadian Universities Student Exchange Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/30. Notification: continuous until 8/30.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $85 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Canadian resident tuition: $4163 full-time, $165 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $426 full-time, $89 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program. College room and board: $5778. College room only: $3528. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organization: Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Major annual events: Welcome Week, Panda, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,848 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Morisset Library plus 3 others with 2.6 million books, 1.8 million microform titles, 9,183 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.3 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a population of nearly 1,000,000. This unique setting is renowned for its museums, its national festivities, and its year-round outdoor activities in a breathtaking and readily accessible natural environment. During the academic year, students can get acquainted with monuments, museums, art galleries, restaurants, theaters, and concert halls located downtown. Nature buffs will be thrilled with the multitude of green spaces and the extensive network of cycling paths. Come winter, the paths turn into cross-country ski trails and the Rideau Canal, alongside the campus, becomes the world's longest skating rink.