Concordia University

Montréal, Canada

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Concordia University - Overview & Background

Concordia University is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1974. The university prides itself over being the next-generation university as it constantly works towards providing students with the right balance between current learning opportunities and preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow. The university's emphasis is on taking up transformation projects that revolve around the latest innovations in technology and how these can be made accessible to students. It also focuses on creating indigenous spaces for students to exchange research ideas.

Founder Sir George Williams
University Type Public Research University
University Motto Real education for the real world
University City Montreal, Quebec
Acceptance Rate 78.2%
Faculty to Student Ratio 1:11
Endowment C$282.4 million
Campus Size 40 acres (16 ha)
Graduation Rate 61.8%
Employment Rate 93%
Official Website Link Concordia University, Montreal
Contact Details +1 514-848-2424


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It hosts seminars and offers an array of non-credit courses which cater to students’ interests outside of the academic curriculum.

It has four academic units, namely

  • list items Faculty of Art and Science
  • list items Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • list items Faculty of Fine Arts
  • list items John Molson School of Business.
  • The university has two campuses, namely: Sir George Williams Campus and  Loyola Campus. 

    The university offers 45 major and minor degrees in the fields of Arts, Science and Management, two after-degree programs, three master's degrees, and several graduate certificates and diplomas. 

    It is funded by tuition money and private donations but also receives some funding from the Government of Alberta. 


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    The university contains a wide number of research centres to facilitate various research projects such as

    1. Centre for Research in Molecular Modeling
    2. Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
    3. Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
    4. Centre for Clinical Research in Health
    5. Center for Sensory Studies among many more.

    Concordia University accommodates an approximate of 46,000 students and 2,300 full-time and part-time professors and nurtures a culture for research.

    The university library has a team of 120 librarians, support staff, and professionals. It also has an art gallery known as the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery which consists of 1,700 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and videos, and numerous works by latest Candian artists. 



    The university offers four on-campus residence buildings, namely

  • list items Grey Nuns Residence
  • list items Jesuit Residence
  • list items Hingston Hall (HA)
  • list items Hingston Hall (HB).
  • The university also provides assistance for those looking to live off-campus through the Concordia Student Union's Off-Campus Housing and Job Bank (HoJo) which gives the students legal advice and safety resources regarding accommodation.

    The Grey Nuns Residence only provides individual rooms with the options of attached washrooms along with other utilities. The cost for on-campus residence including meal plan falls between $3,870 and $7,320, wherein the cost of the rooms vary depending upon the floor plan, while those who wish to live off-campus can expect the living costs to be around $12,400 including rent, food and miscellaneous expenses. 


    Financial Aid

    The university gives out sundry scholarships, bursaries, and awards to both undergraduate and graduate students. For graduate students, funding packages are awarded at the time of admissions such as the Concordia University Doctoral Graduate Fellowship which is valued at $14,000 per year for 4 years, Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence valued at $37,915, and Concordia Merit Scholarship valued at $10,000.


    Jobs and Placements

    The university reported their employment rates to be above 90% across disciplines with some of its primary recruiters to be:

  • list items Accenture
  • list items Maison Battat
  • list items Air Canada
  • list items Pratt and Whitney Canada
  • list items Samsung
  • list items Intertape Polymer Group
  • list items TD Financial Group
  • list items National Bank Financial, to name a few.
  • As noted by the university, 87% of the employment locations were in Canada with the remaining percentage scattered in Lebanon, the Netherlands, and the USA.

    The university provides CAPS (Career and Planning Services) to students looking for internships, part-time, or after graduation jobs. It has multiple career resources such as job search advising, career counselling, career events and job fairs, career workshops, career resource centres and job services for alumni along with an online job bank database.


    Notable Alumni

    Some famous alumni from Concordia University include:

  • list items Barbara Davidson, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winning photographer and filmmaker[112]
  • list items Fashion maven, Steven Cojocaru
  • list items Authors E. Annie Proulx, Mordecai Richler and Nino Ricci
  • list items Academic, Kim Sawchuk
  • list items Dance artist, Lara Kramer
  • list items Attorney, Kathleen Zellner
  • list items Cultural anthropologist, Theresa H. Arriola
  • list items Internet persona and animal rights activist, Kadie Karen Diekmeyer
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    Concordia University Location

    Sir George Williams Campus is situated in Downtown Montreal in the region Quartier Concordia. There are a number of affordable transportation facilities that are available on the campus such as the Concordia Shuttle Bus which stops at  Henry F. Hall Building at the Sir  Geroge  Williams campus and in front of the Loyola Chapel.

    Those who wish to take the metro can access the Société de transport de Montréal (Montreal Transportation Company) to get around Montreal as well as to the campus. The university also encourages cycling as Montreal is known to be a bike-friendly city. There is also a public bike-rental system in Montreal which is accessible 24/7. The campus also provides a large number of recreation activities from competitive badminton to shine yoga, basketball, skating, tennis, and many more. 

    Concordia University Map Location

    Address: 1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada


    Frequently Asked Questions about Concordia University

    Is Concordia University a good university?

    Concordia was ranked first in North America for the second year in a row by the QS Top 50 Under 50 2021 and ranked between 61 and 70 globally for the third year running. According to the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2020, it was placed first in Canada and maintained its position in the top 150 out of 414 institutions.

    Is Concordia University good for Engineering?

    Concordia earns the biggest increase among top engineering programs in Maclean's 2020 rankings. Concordia jumped up five spots from the previous year to claim the eighth spot in Maclean's rating of Canada's Top 10 Best Engineering Programs.

    Is Concordia University Canada hard to get into?

    At Concordia College, acceptance rates are 65.1% which denotes that 65 out of every 100 applications are accepted. This demonstrates the school's medium level of selection. The school is more lenient than other colleges, but they still expect you to satisfy their ACT/SAT and GPA criteria.

    Is Concordia University French or English?

    After Paris, Montreal is the city with the second-highest concentration of French speakers, making it a great spot to study or improve your language skills. English speakers will feel completely at home on campus because Concordia is an English-speaking institution of higher learning.