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University of Victoria (UVIC)


The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

Acts and figures

icon21,800 students (undergraduate and graduate)

icon900 full-time faculty members

icon531 patents filed to date

icon1,065 invention disclosures to date

icon169 start-up companies to date

icon$3.7 billion UVic annual economic impact

icon115th 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 among Canadian comprehensive universities in THE citation rankings (2016/17)

#3 among all Canadian universities in citation impact per faculty member (QS rankings, 2018)

#2 among all Canadian universities in CFI funding per faculty member (2016)

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 (Maclean's 2018)

#1 for citation impact among all Canadian universities (tied with U of T) (Maclean's 2017)

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.

International perspectives
Indigenous focus
Sustainable initiatives
Our research strengths
UVic's internationally recognized areas of research strength include:

Creativity and culture
Data science and cyber physical systems
Environment, climate and energy
Global studies and social justice
Health and life sciences
Indigenous research
Ocean science and technology
Physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science