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University of Ottawa

Founded in 1848, we are now the largest french-english bilingual university in the world – a crossroads of cultures, languages and perspectives that drives new ideas.

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The College of Bytown was founded in 1848 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as a bilingual Catholic college; from its very beginnings, students studied in both English and French. In 1866, the recently renamed College of Ottawa was elevated to university status by royal charter, and in 1889, it secured a pontifical charter. In 1965, the Oblates relinquished administration of the University and it became a provincially funded secular institution.


A good university must do certain things well:

  • Prepare young people to find their place in the world
  • Enable faculty to share their knowledge and to pursue discovery
  • Support its employees as they provide exceptional quality services to its students


  • The University of Ottawa is a top 10 Canadian research university.
  • Our people can be found working on the frontiers of virtually every field of human endeavour, making us top of mind for industry and government when they seek special expertise and fresh insight.
  • Our curiosity keeps the University's brilliant minds engaged, as they grow from students to scholars, citizens and specialists.
  • We believe that curiosity is at the heart of every academic pursuit. A desire to learn, the courage to question and a passion for discovery are present in everything we do.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

The smallest residence on campus with only 163 beds, LeBlanc provides a warm atmosphere for francophone students and a learning environment for Anglophones. Ideal for those enrolled in French Immersion Studies. Accommodates first year students from September to April.

Library services

The library is an essential partner in fulfilling the research, teaching and learning mission of the University. The University of Ottawa Library is composed of 3 main libraries - the Morisset Library (Arts and Science), the Brian Dickson Law Library and the Health Sciences Library - in addition to a number of specialized research collections. 

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Ottawa has grown quickly: the number of students has doubled over the past 12 years. As a result, the University needs to provide its 43,000 students with modern, accessible campus facilities equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and collaborative spaces.

Sports facilities

Stay active this school year and meet some new people through one of our many drop-in sports activities. There are multiple programs tailored to your interests, and the best part is they’re all FREE! No registration is required and programs are available to uOttawa students, employees as well as external members.

Student clubs

There are many clubs and associations that are run by students at the Telfer School of Management. If you wish to get involved, contact club members in order to learn more about the clubs themselves, or upcoming activities and events and how you can participate.

  • Accounting Club
  • DECA uOttawa

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