University of Ottawa

Fact Sheet

  • 1848
  • University
  • Research Intensive
  • English / French
  • Carol Shields - author; Dalton McGuinty - Ontario Premier; Angela Hewittt - pianist

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Bilingual institution since 1848
  2. Historic downtown campus
  3. Friendly, diverse, multicultural
  4. Research-oriented, especially medical sciences
  5. Large classes in lower years

Courses With Kudos

Medicine, Law, Political Science, Health Sciences, Criminology, Engineering, Communications, Music

Student Sound Offs

"Regardless of the language of instruction of a course, you can hand in your assignments in either language. This is probably one of the best features of the university's language policy."

"I love walking down the walkway and hearing an English conversation one way, a French one another."

"The campus is a five-minute walk from Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the National Library and National Archives, the National Arts Centre ... There are countless opportunities to become well-connected and attend important national events."

"UofO considers itself a bilingual university, but in some programs the option of being taught in both languages stops for 3rd and 4th years and program courses are only taught in one language."

"There are two gyms, one at each end of the campus, and many classes offered such as aerobics, aqua fit, etc. There is really no reason to not get in shape; the locations are convenient, and the classes are free."

"It's a very compact, easy-to-get-around campus. It's not sprawling or cement-filled, which is great. It's in a good location, lots of housing possibilities nearby, and it has a good architectural diversity -- both new and older (prettier) buildings."

"Both languages are treated equally, and it's weird at first because there's so much French, but then you realize it's just because you're used to a predominantly Anglo environment."

"The teaching assistants are near impossible to understand ... It is absolutely necessary for TAs to speak English or French at a high level. Students must fulfill these expectations, so too should the teachers."

"I like that it is like a little city. Although it is in the heart of downtown Ottawa, there are still times that the campus can feel isolated from the city."

"Bilingualism is encouraged but not required."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: University of Ottawa
Institution size classification: Large   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B B

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning B B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B B
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members B B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process C+ B
Number of Courses to Choose From B B+

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus C+ B-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B- B
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A B+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B B
Average # of Students in First Year Class N/A 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B+ B
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B B-
Student Residences B B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B+ B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B+ B+
Study Spaces in the Library C+ B-
Library Hours of Operation A- A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B B
Reputation of the University Among Employers B B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B- B-
Career and Employment Services B- B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located A- B+
Quality of Public Transportation B+ B
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B+ B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops B+ B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing C C

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ A-
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 67% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B B
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B- B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students B+ B+