University of Ottawa (Canada)

posted Mar 28, 2012, 8:33 PM by Berta Liao   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 8:35 PM ]
Report prepared by Cassandra Wang '13

The University of Ottawa also known as Ottawa U is a bilingual (which is English and French - the nation language of Canada), research-intensive, non-denominational, international university in Ottawa, Ontario. It is one of the oldest universities in Canada. It was originally established as the College of Bytown in 1848 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  It is formerly a liberal arts college, it has been teaching pure and applied sciences in both English and French since the 19th century. The institution re-
ceived university status in 1866 and in 1889 was decreed a pontifical university by Pope Leo XIII.  The university has been conferring Bachelor's degrees since 1872, Master's degrees since 1875, and
Doctorates since 1888. Saint Paul Universit
y is federated with the university and is also located in the city of Ottawa. The enabling legislation is The University of Ottawa Act, 1965.  The University of Ottawa is ranked 5th in research-intensity, and 9th in total research funding in Canada. It is a member of the U15, a league of the most research-intensive universities in the country. It is known for its areas of studies in Medicine, Sciences, Law, Political Science and International Affairs.

Background Info:
The University of Ottawa was founded in 1848 as the Roman Catholic College of Bytown by Monseigneur Joseph-Bruno Guigues, OMI. The college was originally for boys only and taught a classical liberal arts curriculum. Morning classes were taught in French and afternoon classes in English.  Women began attending classes on campus in 1919.

The average entering grade as of the Fall 2008 was 81.6%, of which 33.6% of students had an average of 85% or higher. However, the admission requirements only state that a minimum grade of 70% is required for prerequisite courses.  While other universities in the area provide tables of entrance averages considered to be competitive, there is no comparable table currently available on the University of Ottawa website.

The university has consistently been ranked one of Canada's top universities. The 2011-2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed the university 185th in the world, and ninth in Canada. According to the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) rankings, the university ranked 201-300th in the world. The 2011 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 256th in the world. In terms of national rankings, Maclean's ranked the university 10th in their 2011 Medical Doctoral university rankings. The University of Ottawa was ranked in spite of having opted out—along with several other universities in Canada—of participating in Maclean's graduate survey since 2006.

Where is the Campus?
The university is situated near downtown Ottawa. It is within walking distance of the Rideau Canal, Sandy Hill, Rideau Centre, Byward Market, National Arts Centre, Supreme Court of Canada, Government agencies, and Parliament Hill. The university is also serviced by the OC Transpo transit system which links the campus to a wide range of amenities in the City of Ottawa.