Facts and reports

UVic at a glance

icon21,800 students (undergraduate and graduate)

icon900 full-time faculty members

icon535 patents filed to date

icon1,080 invention disclosures to date

icon169 start-up companies to date

icon$3.7 billion UVic annual economic impact

icon169th in the world and the top university in Canada, across all sciences, for international research collaboration (Leiden)

A top-ranked Canadian university

#1 university in North America for published research based on international collaborations (Leiden rankings, 2011-19)

#1 among all Canadian universities for research impact in math and computer science, and third nationally for social sciences and humanities (Leiden 2019)

#1 Canadian comprehensive university for preparing career-ready students (2019 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking)

#2 among all Canadian universities in citation impact per faculty member (QS rankings, 2020)

Gold star performer for sustainability practices in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, compiled by the international Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

#1 among comprehensive universities in medical/science grants per faculty for each of the last five years (Maclean's 2016-20)

Facts and figures about UVic

A unique learning environment

The University of Victoria, one of Canada's leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community for students and faculty alike.

Widely recognized for leadership in research, inspired teaching and community engagement, UVic provides innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment.

A top-ranked Canadian university

International perspectives drive teaching and research. 

For eight of the last nine years, 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 university in North America. UVic also ranks in the top one per cent of universities in the world and among the top-ranked in Canada for scientific impact.

Among the world’s top universities

UVic graduates are among the world’s most employable, according to Times Higher Education (THE). THE’s 2019 Global University Employability Ranking identifies UVic as the best Canadian comprehensive university, and one of only nine Canadian universities overall, in preparing its students for the workplace, based on feedback from top international companies.

UVic has continually placed at or near the top of the comprehensive category in the annual university rankings by Maclean's, Canada's national news magazine.

World-class leadership in a broad mix of fields

The 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject recognize UVic's leadership in a broad mix of academic fields. The QS rankings also suggest that UVic's rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution.

QS scored the university for world-class performance in 43 of the 48 fields it considers. (Most of the rest—including agriculture, dentistry, and veterinary sciences—are fields in which UVic doesn’t have established programs.)

Learn more about our rankings.

Programs for a changing world

Experiential learning

UVic has one of Canada's largest university co-operative education programs, integrating academic studies with relevant paid work experience in more than 40 academic areas.

Each year, businesses and organizations across the globe hire UVic students to complete nearly 4,200 co-op work terms through UVic's co-operative education programs. The average co-op salary was $2,970 per month in 2018/19.

The co-op program is part of UVic's Co-operative Education Program and Career Services, which provides integrated career development support to students from first year through to graduation and beyond.

We have nearly 100 exchange programs with institutions in 25 countries around the world, providing students with rich opportunities for international learning.

High student satisfaction

In a survey of recent graduates, 93 per cent were satisfied or very satisfied with their UVic education and rated the quality of instruction good or very good.

Research that's changing lives

Researchers at the University of Victoria work on the cutting edge of knowledge, making major contributions in a wide range of fields from fuel cells and cancer cells to climate change and cultural change.

UVic is known for its research strengths in the arts and sciences and selected professions. Some areas of note are:

Our researchers

UVic researchers were awarded over $100 million in outside research grants and contracts in 2018/19.

UVic owns the world-leading Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Observatory, . The observatory pioneers a new generation of ocean observation systems that use innovative engineering and the Internet to provide continuous, long-term monitoring of ocean processes and events, as they happen.

In February 2008, the BC government awarded $94.5 million to the University of Victoria to create, lead and host the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). A $90-million endowment—the largest single contribution to a university endowment in Canadian history—signals the BC government's long-term commitment to taking action on climate change. 

Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization links universities and colleges on Vancouver Island with researchers, government and community, transforming great ideas into commercially viable businesses.

UVic owns more technology transfer space than any other BC university. UVic-owned Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) is an economic powerhouse for the province of BC. The park generates $317 million in direct, indirect and induced revenue, and creates more than 2,000 local jobs. A highly acclaimed centre of academic and biotech excellence, VITP facilitates the local growth of high technology, which is already Victoria's number one industry, estimated yearly at $1.67 billion, surpassing Victoria's $1.19 billion tourism industry.

A vibrant community resource

Our Division of Continuing Studies offers hundreds of individual courses for personal and professional development, including 26 programs leading to a diploma or certificate. The division serves more than 16,000 students annually, and has a local economic impact of more than $30 million.

The University of Victoria Vikes athletic program has established itself as one of the most successful university athletic programs in Canada. Since the inception of the athletics program in 1968, UVic has won 80 Canadian university national championships.

Vikes athletes, coaches and alumni have appeared 189 times for Canada at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those representatives have won a total of 34 gold, 25 silver, and 12 bronze medals in Olympic and Paralympic events.

Honours and awards

47 current or former UVic faculty members have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, the nation's highest academic honour for career achievement.

UVic faculty members hold 42 coveted Canada Research Chairs. UVic instructors are also well-represented among the winners of acclaimed national 3M teaching awards.

Our Co-operative Education Program and our Peter B. Gustavson School of Business have both received Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada ScotiaBank Awards for Excellence in Internationalization.

People make our university

Student enrolment (2019/20): 21,965 (including 3,138 graduate students). More than 70% of undergraduates come from outside Greater Victoria.

Faculty and staff (March 2019): 4,981 employees, including 892 faculty (45% female, 55% male); 560 sessional instructors; 1,005 specialist/instructional staff; and 2,524 administrative, professional and support staff.

Alumni (Jan. 2019): 128,726 alumni by degree, certificate or diploma. More than 43,000 live in Greater Victoria. One in eight adults in Greater Victoria holds a UVic degree.

One of Canada’s top diversity employers

UVic is recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. 


Total revenues (2018/19): $635 million. BC government 36%, tuition 26%, federal government 12%, sales 11%, donations 3%, investment income 7%, other 4%.

University endowment (March 2019): $470 million

Supporting student success

In 2018-19, UVic’s operating budget provided $16.4 million in direct financial support to students, in addition to $7.6 million in awards funded from the UVic Foundation and donor-sponsored scholarships and support, and $12.2 million in fellowships for sponsored research. In total, UVic distributed $36.2 million in student support.

History and traditions

The university celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2012-13, five decades after receiving degree-granting status in 1963. The origins of UVic, however, can be traced back to 1903 and the establishment of Victoria College, the university's predecessor institution.

UVic logo

The three martlets—footless heraldic birds—on the UVic shield refer to those on the crest of McGill University, with which Victoria College was originally affiliated.

The university mottoes, shown on the UVic Coat of Arms, are 'Let there be light' (in Hebrew) and 'A multitude of the wise is the health of the world' (in Latin).

Coat of Arms

The university colours are red, gold, and blue.

The university flag depicts three red martlets in a gold field above a blue field.

UVic flag

Principal officers

Chancellor: Shelagh Rogers, OC

Chair, Board of Governors: Daphne Corbett, BA

President and Vice-Chancellor: Jamie Cassels, QC

Vice-President Academic and Provost: Valerie Kuehne, PhD

Vice-President Research: Lisa Kalynchuk, PhD

Vice-President Finance and Operations: Gayle Gorrill, BBA

Vice-President External Relations: Chris Horbachewski

University Secretary: Carrie Andersen

Further information

UVic website: www.uvic.ca

UVic accountability pages

UVic Communications + Marketing: 250-721-7636