University of Ottawa - Overview & Background

The University of Ottawa is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was first established in 1848 under the name College of Bytown and later reorganized as an autonomous body in 1965.

The university is famous for being the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It takes pride in having 97% employment rate for graduates, close to $60 million per year in student scholarships and bursaries, and having the first and largest French immersion program among Canadian universities. Apart from these, there are many other aspects that contribute to making the university one of its kind.

It houses 10 faculties namely

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section
  • Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
  • Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management

It has three campuses, the main campus -

  1. Ottawa Campus
  2. Toronto Campus
  3. Windsor Campus.
Former Names

College of Bytown (1848–1861) & College of Ottawa (1861–1866)




Joseph-Bruno Guigues

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

God is the master of the sciences

University City

Ottawa, Ontario
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CA$338.769  million (2021)

Campus Size

105 acres

Official Website Link

University of Ottawa, Canada 

Contact Details

+1 613-562-5700


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In the 2011-2012 academic year, the university was recorded to have owned and managed 30 main buildings, 806 research laboratories, 301 teaching laboratories and 257 classrooms and seminar rooms. The university also has a Museum of Classical Antiquities for the teaching purposes of the Department of Classical and Religious Studies, comprising of artefacts between 7th century BC to 7th century AD. It also houses a gallery space run for and by the students, wherein students from Visual Arts, Art History and Art Administration can display their own pieces and practice their administrative and curatorial skills.

The main library is in Morisset Hall which also includes

  • The Media Centre
  • Archives
  • Special Collections
  • The Geographic
  • Statistical and Government Information Centre 

It is open for 24 hours on exam days.

The university has five other specialized libraries:

  • The Brian Dickson Law Library, located in Fauteux Hall
  • The Health Sciences Library, located at the Roger-Guindon campus
  • The Management Library, located in the Desmarais Building
  • The Isobel Firestone Music Library, located in Pérez Hall
  • The Annex, an off-site storage facility that houses less-used portions of the collection


Ottawa has ten student residence buildings:

  • Le Blanc Hall
  • Marchand Hall
  • Stanton
  • Thompson Hall
  • Hyman Soloway
  • Friel
  • Henderson
  • Rideau
  • 45 Mann
  • 90 University
  • Annex

The residence space offers a number of accommodation options depending on the preference of the students. Brooks and Hyman Soloway are 2–4 bedroom apartment-style residences, while 90 University is a two-bedroom suite-style residence. The annex has 1-5 bedroom units including studio-style single rooms.

The university also has a space for student life which is The Jock Turcot University Centre. It is located between Montpetit Hall and Morisette Library.

The traditional residential buildings, which are:

  • Le Blanc Hall
  • Marchand Hall
  • Stanton
  • Thompson Hall

charge between $6,783 to $9,571 depending on the type of room.

Suites and studios charge $7,376 to $10,365 and apartments charge $11,298 to $19,423

while those who wish to live in houses with the accommodating capacity of 5 people will have to shell out $9,289. 

Financial Aid

The university provides various kinds of financial aids to students, including scholarships for academic achievements and bursaries awarded on the basis of financial needs. The Admission Scholarship is offered depending on the average of the students.

  1. Schulich Leader Scholarship which values at $80,000 to $100,000 is meant for students pursuing academic excellence and community leadership in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
  2. President's Scholarship and Chancellor’s Scholarship valued at $30,000 and $26,000 ($6,500 per year) respectively and are awarded to undergraduate students and students in each of the direct-entry faculties.
  3. Loran Award is valued up to $100,000. Applicants must be in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or CEGEP, have a minimum cumulative average of 85% for students outside of Quebec and an R score equal to or higher than 29 for students in Quebec, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be at least 16 years of age by September 1 of the following year.

Notable Alumni

 Some famous alumni from University of Ottawa include:

  • James Cartwright, Olympic athlete (kayak)
  • Michael A. Chambers, Former president of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Olympic Order recipient
  • Doug Falconer, CFL football player, film producer
  • Neil Lumsden, CFL football player
  • William J. S. Elliott, Former commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Christiane Ouimet, First Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada
  • Alex Trebek, Former broadcaster for CBC, host of the game show Jeopardy
  • Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; former Supreme Court Justice
  • Gérald Fauteux, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  

University of Ottawa Map Location

Address:75 Laurier Ave. E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada

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