Facts and figures

Student enrolment (2016/17)

  • 21,696 (including 3,307 graduate students)

Faculty and staff (Nov. 2016)

5,156 employees, including:

  • 874 faculty (44% female, 56% male)
  • 651 sessional instructors
  • 1,156 specialist/instructional staff
  • 2,475 administrative, professional and support staff

International perspectives drive teaching and research

Every year since its inception in 2011, the international Leiden university rankings have highlighted an indelible characteristic of the UVic campus—our global perspective. The data-driven rankings, produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, consistently demonstrate that UVic researchers publish a higher proportion of research based on international collaboration than any other Canadian university. In addition, the UK-based Times Higher Education placed UVic at #175 on its January 2016 list of the world's 200 most international universities.

UVic among top institutions for sustainable practices

UVic is recognized as one of the top performers in sustainability practices in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, released by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, AASHE assesses numerous categories of performance by colleges and universities in the US, Canada and around the world. In the report, UVic is highlighted as a top performer in the air and climate, and purchasing categories.

One of Canada's top diversity employers

For the sixth year in a row, UVic was one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2016. In all, 65 organizations from across the country were recognized for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and retain employees from diverse communities. In addition, the federal government’s Canada Research Chairs program has lauded UVic in recent years for meeting or exceeding its equity targets in all four designated groups. Since 2009, UVic has consistently met or exceeded its targets for hiring women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people as chairholders.