About the University of Victoria (UVic)

UVic student by the First Peoples House
The UVic campus is a vibrant community rich with Indigenous and international perspectives.

We're located in the beautiful city of Victoria, on Canada's west coast.

Dynamic learning opportunities, research that has a vital impact, and our extraordinary academic environment provide UVic students and faculty with an Edge that can't be found anywhere else.

Facts and figures

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

We're recognized annually as one of Canada's top universities by external surveys and satisfied students.

#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)


Our strengths

Civic engagement is a key part of our mission, and our faculty, students and staff work with community partners locally and globally to tackle issues that matter to people, places and the planet.

Our research strengths

UVic's internationally recognized areas of research strength include:


Administration and governance

Our university is a national and international leader in many areas of critical research and creative endeavour, and our faculty are committed and inspiring teachers. We offer our students a research-enriched education that is complemented by applied, clinical and work-integrated learning opportunities in an academic environment that is among the best in the world.
President Jamie Cassels, QC