University of Windsor Profile
The University of Windsor is a student-focused, comprehensive university located next to North America’s busiest international border crossing on the Detroit River waterfront. The university has over 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programs, graduate programs and professional schools, including Law, Business, Engineering, Education, Nursing, Human Kinetics and Social Work, to make their communities better places through education, innovation, scholarship, research and engagement. Read more about the University of Windsor.
Windsor’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include full-time, part-time and transfer students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. Read more about APSIP.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
The Gateway Program attracts secondary school graduates who have the skills to succeed at university but whose final marks may not have been enough. If you are eligible, you will receive additional support through advising, academic skills development and campus resources.
If you are interested in transferring to Windsor from another university or college, Windsor’s website gives you helpful information on its transfers and supports. You can also check out 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 a variety of academic programs at Windsor and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Windsor.
Note that Windsor has a commitment to hiring Indigenous faculty through the President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide range of cross-disciplinary programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences that foster cultural, social and political understanding as well as critical and creative thinking. Programs you can take include Dramatic Art, Political Science, Philosophy and Social Work.
The Faculty of Education offers a wide range of programs that focus on social justice and equity, and strives to create reflective, caring, competent and innovative educators. Programs you can take include a Bachelor of Education with elective courses in Early Childhood Education, and Global Education.
The Faculty of Engineering offers a unique climate of co-operation between academic, business and industry leaders to give you access to state-of-the-art engineering facilities. Programs you can take include Civil and Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers over 60 master’s and doctoral programs across a range of disciplines. The size of the graduate school ensures that you receive individualized attention. Check out Windsor’s graduate programs.
The Faculty of Human Kinetics houses an academic department, known as the Department of Kinesiology, and Windsor’s Athletic and Recreation division. Programs you can take include Movement Science, Sport Management, Sport Studies and a wide range of graduate programs.
The Faculty of Law provides you with a solid foundation in law with the opportunity to customize your program to your individual interests and goals. Windsor also offers a dual Canadian and American JD program, the only one of its kind in North America, that allows students to learn both Canadian and American law in 3 years.
The Faculty of Nursing gives you many opportunities to gain valuable, hands-on experience that will result in a well-rounded nursing education. The program includes clinical experience in a hospital and residence living opportunities.
At the Odette School of Business, you’ll receive a comprehensive education in key business areas such as accounting, finance, management and marketing. The school’s programs also provide co-op placements, interview training and exposure to actual business cases through class projects and guest speakers.
The Faculty of Science offers progressive, high-quality programs that are dynamic and internationally recognized for research excellence. Programs you can take include Biological Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Physics.
Be sure to check out all of Windsor’s academic programs.
Windsor offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services and programs you can access through Windsor’s Student Success Centre.
Academic Advising can help you with choosing or changing your program, understanding your degree requirements, adding or dropping courses and reviewing your academic progress.
The Writing Support Desk offers drop-in hours for students who require help or have questions during the writing process. Peer writing advisors and volunteers are available by appointment.
Skills to Enhance Personal Success (STEPS) offers sessions throughout the semester to introduce you some practical methods to improve your learning and study skills across all disciplines. You can take workshops on topics that include exam strategies, strategic note-taking and effective study skills.
For more information about academic supports at Windsor, please visit Windsor’s Student Success Centre website.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Windsor offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are examples of 2 awards available at Windsor.
The Geoffrey H. Wood Native Bursary is open to students of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations [status and non-status], Métis, Inuit), who maintain satisfactory academic standing and demonstrate financial need.
The Chippewa’s of Mnjikaning/McCarthy Tetrault LLP Aboriginal Scholarship is open to an Aboriginal law student based on financial need, academic excellence and commitment to the Aboriginal community.
Check out Windsor’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Aboriginal Education Centre website for information about financial aid available to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Windsor can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Education Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) 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. The following are just some of the services you will find at AEC.
The Aboriginal Education Centre, with its knowledgeable staff, offers you a wide range of cultural programming and events. You can drop by the AEC lounge and study to socialize, work or just relax. You can attend social activities, and even participate in volunteer and work opportunities throughout the year. You also have access to printing, scanning and faxing services. Plus, the staff can refer you to other campuses services, if needed.
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 information about student life at Windsor.
Welcome Week is a great chance for you to familiarize yourself with the campus, meet new people and build connections before class begins, whether you live on or off campus. Past activities have included tours, concerts, residence events and faculty events. Find more details about Welcome Week.
Clubs and Societies
Windsor has over 100 student clubs, organizations and academic societies. There is something for everyone. Clubs you can join include Pro Bono Students Canada, Hip Hop Club, Engineers Without Borders, Music Society, the Concrete Canoe Team and Gamers’ Republic.
Your student union plays an important role at university, and at Windsor there are 3 unions to represent all students. University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA) advocates on behalf of full-time undergraduate students on campus and in the community. The Organization of Part Time Students (OPUS) represents part-time students’ interests. If you are a graduate student, you are represented by the Graduate Student Society.
Windsor is home to the Windsor Lancers varsity sports that range from curling, football and golf to soccer and track and field. The Lancers participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information on varsity athletics at Windsor that includes try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Windsor offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include co-ed basketball, inner tube water polo and floor hockey. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Student Accessibility Services
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services 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. Find more information about supports you can access.
Out on Campus
Out on Campus provides a positive environment and support services for LGTBQ members of the Windsor community, including weekly socials with different activities. It also holds events for national and international celebrations such as National Coming out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance and World AIDS day.
Windsor’s Multi-Faith Space is intended to serve all students, staff and faculty. The space supports the diversity of the university community.
You can access child care through the Great Beginnings Child-Centred Co-operative. It operates a preschool program designed to provide positive learning experiences to children who are 16 months to 6 years old.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Windsor 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 find information on public transit options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Windsor offers 4 residences located conveniently around campus. Students can choose from 3 styles of residence: Traditional dorm setting, suite style or townhouse. Check out Windsor’s residences, locations and costs.
The University’s Off-Campus Housing website and the Student’s Guide to Renting, together provide you with comprehensive listings, support services and information on renting and living in the Windsor area to help you in your housing search.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with easy with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Windsor’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 Windsor.
Windsor students can access the public transportation system to get to and from campus. Check out Visit the Transit Windsor website for bus passes, prices and routes.
Windsor has several parking spots located around campus if you own a vehicle or commute to Windsor. Check out Parking Services for parking and pricing options.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university, and there are 2 offices offering wellness services on campus at Windsor. The clinic at Student Health Services (SHS) is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). There is also the Student Counselling Centre (SCC) to provide comprehensive mental health support. The following are some of the services available to you through SHS and SCC.
The clinic at Student Health Services can take care of all your health care needs. It provides you with comprehensive medical care that includes physical exams, immunizations, lab tests, contraception, referrals and TB screening.
The Student Counselling Centre provides you with free and confidential counselling to help you to lead a healthier and more balanced life. The centre also provides that will help you with any academic challenges or personal, physical and emotional difficulties you might be facing.
For more information on the well-being services provided by Windsor, contact Student Health Services. You can also visit the Aboriginal Education Centre for more information on the cultural aspects of health.