University of Ottawa Profile
The University of Ottawa (uOttawa), located in the capital of Canada, is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It ranks among Top 10 research universities in Canada, due to its breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences, and the humanities. It is a vibrant centre of learning, with over 48,000 students, teaching and support staff. Its faculties and schools offer approximately 5,000 courses in over 300 programs at the undergraduate level. For more informations, please visit https://www.uottawa.ca/en
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The University of Ottawa virtual tour video can be found here.
Admission requirements differ depending on the university and the academic program you choose. Below you will find information about the University of Ottawa’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.
To find out about uOttawa’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit uOttawa Admissions.
uOttawa’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include Ontario secondary school, transfer, and mature students. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
In the Faculty of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing offers a collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program that provides a supportive learning environment for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit learners. The School of Nursing works closely with uOttawa’s Indigenous Resource Centre to ensure that Aboriginal students achieve success and fulfillment as nursing professionals.
The Faculty of Medicine has established a dedicated admission process for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry to improve accessible health care to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, and to better serve society’s needs. Learn more about this admission process.
At the Faculty of Law, persons of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ancestry may apply as either general or discretionary applicants. Check out how to apply to uOttawa’s Faculty of Law as an Aboriginal applicant.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
For students with disabilities, the Transition Program will introduce you to the postsecondary learning environment, and opportunities to ease your academic transition from secondary to postsecondary education. You can register for this free program and participate in three different stages of transition events: webinars providing an overview of Access Services; a day on campus that introduces you to student life; and series of workshops to help develop study and other essential skills.
If you haven’t attended secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out uOttawa’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.
If you are interested in transferring to uOttawa from another university or college, uOttawa’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
The Faculty of Arts helps you advance the boundaries of the creative arts and humanities through new programs and experiential learning opportunities. You can choose from programs that includes Aboriginal Studies, Communication, French Studies, Digital Journalism, and more.
The Faculty of Education offers a two-year Teacher Education program in English and French for aspiring teachers. This program provides the opportunity to join a specialized cohort in one of the following areas: Comprehensive School Health, French as a Second Language, Developing Global Perspectives, and Urban Education Community.
The Faculty of Science brings together creative and inventive minds to explore the mysteries of science and advance fields such as medicine, telecommunications, and green chemistry. Programs you can take include Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Statistics.
The Faculty of Engineering leads you in your exploration of engineering and computer science, and prepares you to adapt to the needs of a constantly changing society. Programs you can take include Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers you innovative training to help you ensure and promote the well-being of individuals and communities. You can choose programs from its five academic units: Nursing, Nutrition Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Human Kinetics, and the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences.
The Faculty of Social Sciences explores the major issues we face today in development, international affairs, economic policy, public administration, governance, climate change, language rights, gender equality, mental health, and social justice. Programs you can take include Anthropology, Economics, Global Studies, Psychology, and Public Administration.
The Telfer School of Management strives to shape influential leaders and responsible managers who have a positive impact on the lives of people, organizations, and communities. You can choose from programs such as Commerce, Management, and Human Resources Management. Also offered are graduate programs in Business Administration, Management, and Health Administration.
The Faculty of Law equips you to interpret and change law, thanks to research and opportunities for practical experience. An emphasis on critical-thinking skills will prepare you for legal careers in Canada or abroad. Programs you can take in English or French include Aboriginal Law, Advocacy, Business Law and Environmental Law.
The Faculty of Medicine believes that a great medical school is defined not only by its achievements but also by its commitment to serve the public good. The University of Ottawa accelerates promising research, recruits top talent, and enriches medical education. Each year, the Undergraduate Medical Education Program reserves seven seats for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers diplomas and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in a variety of programs, including Bioinformatics, Environmental Sustainability, and Women’s Studies. Check out graduate programs you could pursue.
Be sure to check all of uOttawa’s academic programs.
The university offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at uOttawa.
The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) is a free network of services and programs that gives you the tools and information you need to succeed, from your first day on campus until the day you graduate. Besides Access Service and the Indigenous Resource Centre, SASS offers services such as the Academic Writing Help Centre, Counselling and Coaching Service, and Student Mentoring Services.
The Academic Writing Help Centre, part of SASS, supports your academic success by helping you to develop skills for identifying and correcting your writing mistakes. The centre offers individual writing appointments, classroom presentations and workshops, and online writing resources.
You can also access many Student Mentoring Centres across campus. Each centre attached to a faculty or university service provides a supportive, welcoming environment where student mentors can help you achieve your academic success. Student mentors can help you in a number of ways that include developing effective learning strategies and strengthening personal motivation.
To find out more about uOttawa’s academic supports, please visit uOttawa’s Student Academic Success Services.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are two examples of awards available at uOttawa:
The Indigenous Leadership Scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated excellent academic performance and outstanding leadership skills.
The Education Bursary for Indigenous Students is given to Aboriginal students who are pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and who demonstrate financial need.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at uOttawa can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC), which is part of the Student Academic Success Service network, strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you’ll find at IRC.
You can access academic guidance and counselling to discuss university life, personal matters, your studies or schedule, and living arrangements, among other things. You can also meet one-on-one with an Elder-in-Residence to discuss your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
You can get peer support and referrals to support services on campus to help you with writing papers, developing study skills, or exploring future careers.
IRC hosts a number of social and cultural events in which you can participate. Plus, at the centre, you have access to a computer lab, fax machine, telephone, and printer for academic purposes.
Check out the Indigenous Resource Centre’s complete services.
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. Below you will find more about student life at uOttawa.
Welcome Week is your time to discover uOttawa. The week is packed with activities to make your first week on campus truly memorable: a back to school concert (uO Show), uO Picnik, street shows, BBQ, movie nights, and more.
Clubs and Societies
With over 175 student clubs on campus, you have many opportunities to explore your interests and meet new people. If you can’t find a club that suits you or if you have an idea for a new club, feel free to create your own. Student clubs you could join include Fashion by uOttawa, the Ski and Snowboard Club, and the Coffee and Biscotti Literary Society.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At uOttawa, you are represented by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO).
The university is home to the Gee-Gees varsity sports that range from basketball to swimming. The uOttawa Gee-Gees participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at uOttawa that includes try-out dates
Recreation and Intramurals
You can explore recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include ball hockey, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. 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.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Access Service is available to help. 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. For information about supports you can access, visit uOttawa’s Access Service website.
Career Development Centre
Career Development Centre offers services and resources in career development, such as career counselling and job search tools to assist you in your job search during school and after graduation.
You can find information about accessing child care services in the City of Ottawa that include how apply for and reserve a spot for your child.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. uOttawa gives you information to 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 availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
uOttawa offers six different types of accommodation in 10 residence buildings and a few houses. Eight are located on the main campus, and most residents live in single rooms. Check out uOttawa’s residences and fees.
uOttawa’s off-campus housing website provides rental listings, helpful checklists, and information about renting and living off campus to help you in your housing search.
Whether you live in resident or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give access to both on-campus and off-campus vendors. Check out uOttawa’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a 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 uOttawa.
Getting to uOttawa by bus is a convenient option for many students. The transit way is a big part of the OC Transpo (Ottawa’s public transit system). It provides rapid transit service across the entire city on bus-only roadways and intersects with the O-Train. Learn more about your public transportation options.
Pay and permit parking is available on campus to students and visitors. Visit Parking Services for information about purchasing permits, visitors and daily parking rates, parking maps, and bicycle racks across uOttawa’s campus.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. The University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you through UOHS.
UOHS offers health services in the areas of family medicine, specialty medicine, physiotherapy, psychiatry, and other services. uOttawa’s health and medical team includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, mental health counsellor, dietitian, social worker, and psychiatrist. Contact the office for hours and services.
Counselling and Coaching Service
Students sometimes experience setbacks or face roadblocks to their personal or academic success, and can find it difficult to ask for help. Please contact the staff at Counselling and Coaching Service if you are feeling lost, facing a problem you don’t know how to handle, or wishing you could talk to someone in a safe place.
For more information on the well-being services provided by UOttawa, contact University of Ottawa Health Services. You can also visit the Indigenous Resource Centre for information on the cultural aspects of health.