University of Victoria

  • 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2view map
  • (250) 721-8121
  • (250) 721-6225
  • www.uvic.ca

Fact Sheet

  • 1963
  • University
  • Comprehensive
  • English

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Not-too-small, not-too-big feeling
  2. Green campus near natural areas
  3. Good distance education options
  4. Large co-op program, including overseas placements
  5. Research oriented (including leading-edge international seafloor projects, VENUS and NEPTUNE)

Courses With Kudos

Law, Engineering, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Business, Education, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Social Work

Student Sound Offs

"The 'rural' feel of the campus is wonderful: it is so wide open, there are gardens, trees and tons of green spaces which give a relaxing feel to the campus. I think attending a school that looks like a prison ... would just make everything feel more stressful."

"I feel fortunate to be a student at a university where I can get the 'big campus' feel by strolling through our Student Union Building, but if I need time to reflect, there is the Mystic Vale hiking path or university gardens only 20 steps away."

"People think we are all a bunch of hippies and that UVic is an easier school than say, UBC. I think our academics are just as rigorous and while the atmosphere may be more relaxed, we are still a top university."

"The bookstore ... keeps students updated of what's happening through e-mails and advertising, has a monthly book club, regular sales, and goes above and beyond to make textbook purchasing and buybacks as easy as possible."

"The campus location is very isolated. While its self-sufficiency is part of the campus appeal, travel to and from downtown, or anywhere off campus really, is always troublesome."

"As an off-campus student the thing that I like the most is the way they organized the teaching online. You can get in touch very easily with all your classmates and your instructor, and we also share online discussions."

"How passionate the professors are about their research and adamant that students pursue anything that interests them."

"Lack of appealing varsity sports teams such as hockey or football equals lack of school spirit ... People don't really care about basketball, soccer, rugby, rowing, or volleyball."

"Our campus is environmentally friendly. It has composting facilities, solar-powered buildings, and energy competitions between residence buildings to see who can use the least energy."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: University of Victoria
Institution size classification: Medium   (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+ A-

Academic Resources

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

Campus Atmosphere

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

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B+ B+
Average # of Students in First Year Class 153 218
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 11% 8%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 39% 36%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 50% 57%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 29% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 61% 58%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 10% 15%

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 A 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 B B
Library Hours of Operation B+ B+

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+ A-
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 B-

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 71% 73%

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 A- B+