University of Ontario Institute of Technology Profile
It takes courage to take a chance on yourself, and our University wants to help you achieve your goals. We’re the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), located in Oshawa, Ontario (eastern Greater Toronto Area). We’re a relatively new university, and we’ve grown out of a bold, ambitious vision: To take on the challenges we face as a society, and find solutions to meet and exceed tomorrow’s needs. UOIT teaches students new approaches to problem-solving and innovative uses of technology. When you graduate with us, you will be even more of what we like to call “citizen-leaders”: People with technological knowledge and a strong spirit – professionals who can excel in the workplace and lead their peers. Read more about UOIT.
In this section you will find information about our University’s admission requirements, policies and supports that will help you “take your future further”.
To find out about our University’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit the UOIT admission website.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
UOIT has an Indigenous Admissions Policy.
In addition, our University’s recruiters form part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Indigenous recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your University as an Indigenous learner. Read more about APSIP.
If you are transferring to our University from another university or college, UOIT’s website provides helpful information on transfer policies and supports. You can also check your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from our variety of academic programs and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists the faculty options available at our University.
The Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) offers innovative programs that prepare you for careers in a range of fields. Programs include Commerce, Game Development and Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology.
The Faculty of Education equips teachers and researchers with the knowledge and experience, values and skills needed to become leaders in education. Programs include Educational Studies and Digital Technology (BA), Education (BEd) and a Master of Education.
The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science offers programs that focus on the innovative uses of energy (including fossil, hydro, geothermal, nuclear, solar and wind energy). Programs include Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics and Radiation Science, and Nuclear Engineering and Management.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science gives you a solid grounding in basic sciences, mathematics and computing, along with knowledge in various engineering application fields. Programs include Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Software Engineering. All engineering degrees offer an optional management program, and students can graduate in 5 years with a Bachelor of Engineering and Management (Honours).
The Faculty of Health Sciences prepares you to meet the health care needs of today and tomorrow by providing innovative programs such as Human Health Science, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing.
The Faculty of Science offers you programs enhanced by technology, interdisciplinary teaching and research relevant to the needs of society and the environment. Programs include Applied and Industrial Mathematics, Biological Science, Chemistry, Computing Science, Forensic Science and Physics. All engineering degrees offer an optional management program, and students can graduate in 5 years with a Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours).
The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities gives you a broad range of academic, communication and analytical skills required for careers in various fields. Programs include Communication and Digital Media Studies, Community Development and Policy Studies, Criminology and Justice, Forensic Psychology, and Legal Studies.
Graduate Studies at UOIT allows you to explore your passion in technologically advanced facilities with a supportive community of globally experienced faculty. Do you have a desire to find solutions that could impact the lives of many, or are you a skeptic of things that others just accept? Programs include Business, Computing and Information Technology, Criminology, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nuclear Science and Science.
Be sure to check out UOIT’s complete academic programs.
UOIT’s Student Learning Centre offers a variety of academic supports to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at UOIT.
Academic advising is available to help students with everything from selecting a program to planning for the future.
Boot camps and workshops provide an interactive way to review difficult concepts and methodologies in an interactive setting. Boot camps in mathematics, physics and general study strategies are offered during the summer months for new students to get a head start on their studies. Workshops offer assistance on a wide range of topics, from linear algebra and essay writing to time management and exam reviews.
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are weekly review sessions that are available to students in classes considered to be academically challenging. The sessions are informal, fun and interactive. They are designed to help you succeed by improving your understanding of the course material, developing study strategies and preparing for tests and exams.
The Peer Tutoring Program provides students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained peer tutor to receive assistance with difficult questions and concepts in their field of study.
To find out more about academic supports at UOIT, please visit the UOIT Student Support Services website.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Indigenous-specific scholarships and awards. The following is an example of an award available at our University.
The Aboriginal Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students who have financial need and who are attending public colleges and universities in Ontario or Indigenous education and training institutions in Ontario.
Check out UOIT’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Indigenous Student Centre for information about financial aid available to you.
Financial Aid Services
Budget planning is the key to managing your financial life at university. A realistic and well thought out budget will help you to control your spending. A budget tells you where your money goes and what it does for you, and it keeps you up-to-date on how much money you have left. UOIT has developed some strategies to help you estimate your expenses, including an online budget calculator.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you may find at UOIT that are available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.
The Indigenous Student Centre has 2 inclusive spaces on campus: The UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre, located at 151 Athol Street in downtown Oshawa, provides a fully functional kitchen, study space and resource room; and Mukwa’s Den, located in the U5 Building at the north Oshawa location, provides a study area and a welcoming space for Indigenous learners.
At the centre, you can access culturally focused counselling and supports from a mental health counsellor. Staff provide support and advising services that will help you navigate the postsecondary landscape. Staff have developed culturally relevant services and programs to meet your individual needs as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student. You can also attend sweat lodge ceremonies, cultural workshops, cultural food days and talks by guest speakers, and access UOIT’s Indigenous Knowledge Keeper.
Students, staff and faculty members are encouraged to drop into the centre when an Elder visits UOIT for 1 week each semester as part of the Visiting Elders program. You can book an appointment or schedule a classroom visit during the Elder’s stay.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at UOIT.
Orientation Week supports your successful transition to university and helps you connect to your University. Orientation gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the campus, learn how to get the most from your university experience and meet new friends, faculty and staff.
Clubs and Societies
Whether you are interested in sports, movies, video games, or politics, a student club can help to broaden your thinking and your social circle. There are many clubs and societies you can join at UOIT.
Aboriginal Student Circle
The Aboriginal Student Circle provides a culturally supportive environment for students at UOIT and Durham College who share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions.
Your student association plays an important role at university by advocating on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize student clubs and societies. At UOIT, you are represented by the Student Association at Durham College and UOIT.
UOIT is home to the Ridgebacks varsity sports that range from hockey to golf. The UOIT Ridgebacks participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Find more information on varsity athletics at UOIT including try-out dates.
Recreation and intramurals
UOIT offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, flag football and tennis. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
UOIT assists students and recent graduates with job search and career exploration. At the Career Centre, you can access job listings, tip sheets, career tools and other online resources, identify your strengths and career path, work on your resumé and interviewing skills, and explore career possibilities at a largescale career event.
Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services works with students with disabilities to ensure that they have equal opportunities for academic success. If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, it is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year.
You can access child care through the Campus Childcare Centre, an incorporated, not-for-profit child care centre designed to meet the needs of today’s families. The Centre, which is conveniently located, provides high-quality child care services and programs to serve the needs of students, faculty and staff at the UOIT and Durham College, as well as local families.
The Office of Campus Safety promotes respect for others and believes that safety and security is the responsibility of everyone on campus. The office works with community partners to provide services that will help prevent crime and solve problems affecting students, faculty, staff, and the community. Services you can access include the Work Alone program, Code Blue stations and Campus Walk.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes can be an important part of your university experience. We can help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off-campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and parking services at the university.
Our University offers the best of both worlds when it comes to residence: All the comforts of home in a unique campus community environment. If you’re a first-year student, you’re guaranteed a spot in residence if you meet the application deadline. Students enrolled in January-start programs may apply to residence and will be approved based on availability. Learn more about on-campus housing options at UOIT.
If you want to live off-campus, use the Off-Campus Living website to help you in your housing search. The website features a listing service, general housing information and advice, and a wealth of resources designed to promote a safe, neighbourly and successful community that everyone can enjoy.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Food Services for meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a friendly, helpful and exciting community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at UOIT.
Our University is located in Oshawa, Ontario, about 65 kilometres east of Toronto. All full-time students at UOIT receive a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass), which provides you with unlimited access to Durham Region Transit during the academic year. We are home to 2 campus locations: North Oshawa and downtown Oshawa. Travel between the north and downtown locations is a direct 15-minute bus ride or a 10-minute car trip.
The campus is easy to get to from all points in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond, whether you travel by car or public transit. Find how to get to UOIT by car, transit or train.
A variety of parking options are available at UOIT including short-term parking, daily parking, visitor parking and permit parking. Check out UOIT’s parking website for details.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The following are some of the services available to you.
The Campus Health Centre delivers high-quality health-care services that promote your health in a professional and confidential manner. A team of trained service providers (family physicians, registered nurses, wellness coordinators, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists and pharmacists) will help you be more successful in meeting your educational goals.
Student Mental Health Services offers short term counselling and therapy services to students or can provide referrals to assist you in finding resources in your local community
To check out the health and wellness services provided by UOIT, you can visit the Campus Health Centre website and the Student Mental Health Services website. You can also visit UOIT’s Indigenous Student Centre for information on the cultural aspects of health.