University of Victoria

Founded 1963 | Victoria, BC

Not many schools can offer  a campus surrounded by ocean, mountains and forests, with just a 10-minute walk to the beach, but the University of Victoria has so much green space that students flock outdoors in the springtime—which comes in early March—to study and sunbathe on blankets. 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 change and sustainability. Ocean Networks Canada, a UVic initiative, manages cabled ocean observatories off the western and eastern coasts of Canada and in the Arctic, producing data that 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. Meanwhile, creativity and innovation thrive across campus. The faculty of fine arts is home to programs in music, writing, visual arts and theatre, while entrepreneurial start-ups in business, engineering and computer science extend to community partnerships and boost co-op opportunities.

Campus Buzz

Two new residence buildings, Cheko’nien House and Sngequ House, increase the amount of housing on campus by 25 per cent and include a modern dining facility, two new lecture theatres, shared lounges, community kitchens, and conference and meeting rooms. 

Standout Programs

• Indigenous Studies: This interdisciplinary program draws on experiential and land-based learning to ground students in the social, political, cultural and historical dimensions of Indigenous existence and resistance.

• Civil Engineering: Emphasizing sustainable and civic engagement, this program trains students to use civil engineering principles to solve modern-day challenges.

• Climate Science: Students learn the foundations of climate science and explore strategies to tackle climate change with a focus on impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 80% | Science: 85% | Commerce: 80% | Engineering: 85%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,552 | Part-time: 5,089

Graduates: Full-time: 3,065 | Part-time: 214

International Students: First-year: 5.9% | Graduate: 37.5%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,914 (2,040 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $11,967 | Single room with meals: $13,660 to $13,934 | Apartment-style: $8,353 to $10,872

Cool Courses

• Sweatshops and the Politics of the Clothing Industry: Topics include labour standards, workers’ rights, fast fashion, consumer patterns and environmental degradation.

• Climate and Society: Examine the role played by science, public policy and the media in societies past, present and future.

Student Life on Campus

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