University of Ottawa

Rank 10
Location Ottawa
Established 1848
Famous For Top 10 Canada Research University


The University of Ottawa (uOttawa), a bilingual (English /French) public research university, was founded in 1848 as the College of Baytown, Ottawa, Canada. It is ranked number one for French immersion programs among Canadian universities.

The main campus is located within 105 acres in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core, adjacent to the residential neighbourhood of Sandy Hill and Ottawa's Rideau Canal. There are 44,000 students at Ottawa, with international students making up around 19% of the student body from 155 countries.

Five new state-of-the-art facilities have opened in recent years, and students can choose to study over 550 B.Sc., B.Tech., BBA, M.Tech., MBA, MIM, and PhD programs. A student-to-teacher ratio of 25:1 means students get the attention they deserve.

Ottawa's large campus houses more than 300 classrooms, more than 800 research laboratories and 100 support buildings. Ottawa is considered one of the friendliest cities in Canada and was recently ranked in the global top 20 for quality of living.

Services for International Students

Student support is provided via counselling and walk-in clinics. Additionally, mental health and wellness programs help students stay happy and healthy in different ways. A team of dedicated professionals and fellow students act as friendly guides and support the welfare of international students.

The Student Club encourages students to engage in multicultural and recreational activities, including a community garden and free store. Financial aid is available to eligible students through scholarship and bursary programs.

The Mashkawaziwogamig Indigenous Resource Center on the main campus works to preserve culture and values, while The Pride Center at uOttawa works to promote sexual health and wellness with a focus on 2SLGBTQ+ issues.


  • 203rd in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 18th in the QS WUR Ranking By Subject 2023
  • 137th in THE World University Rankings 2023
  • 201-300th in THE Impact Rankings 2023


Eleven residential buildings offer halls and additional facilities suitable for personal growth, cultural exploration and comfortable living with a selection of rooms under the best on-campus housing options for interacting with all facilities and staff.

Off-campus housing near campuses may include rental apartments and sharing rooms. The Residence Life team helps parents and guardians through the first experience. Students visiting the summer residence can stay comfortably.

Rideau Residence, a short walk from the main campus, is close to major Ottawa tourist attractions such as Byward Market, Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada and more.

About Location

The main University of Ottawa campus is divided into two, the Sandy Hill campus and the Lees campus. It is spacious and spread over 105 acres of land in the core of downtown Ottawa; the city ranks among the best Canadian cities and is #1 for the student lifestyle.

The main library in Morisset Hall and the network of five others serve twelve locations.  The Ottawa Museum of Classical Antiquities, a teaching collection Est 1975 by the Department of Classical and Religious Studies, is a popular attraction.

About Location

The University of Ottawa has over 42,000 alumni. Notable alumni include:

  • Edward Morris, the 1st Baron Morris, second PM of Newfoundland
  • Philemon Yang, 8th PM of Cameroon
  • Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, 17th PM of Somalia
  • Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada

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