The University of Windsor is a comprehensive, student-focused university with nearly 15,000 students enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs including several professional schools such as: Law, Business, Engineering, Education, Nursing, Human Kinetics and Social Work.
We have strong student-faculty relationships, exceptional award-winning faculty and innovative staff. With comparatively small class sizes and a comprehensive array of student services, clubs and associations, UWindsor provides students with a friendly and supportive learning environment.
UWindsor’s strategic plan has five priorities that directly impact our students: providing an exceptional undergraduate experience; pursuing strengths in research and graduate education; recruiting and retaining the best faculty and staff; engaging and building the community through partnerships; and promoting international engagement.
The University of Windsor also ushered in a new era in September 2015 with the opening of classes at the first phase of its downtown campus in the heart of Windsor’s core. The new building — which retains the historic facade of the former Windsor Star newspaper building — houses the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.
The second phase of the downtown campus—now under construction—will be home to the School of Creative Arts, which will be located in the century-old site of the Windsor Armouries and an adjacent, new building.
The university overlooks the Detroit River on one of Canada’s most beautiful waterfronts, and is minutes away from North America’s busiest international border crossing. This location speaks to UWindsor’s strength as an internationally oriented, multi-disciplined institution that actively enables a broad diversity of students, faculty and staff to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement.
- In 1857, Assumption College welcomed its first students. This small, liberal arts college was the original predecessor of the modern university.
- In 1963, it affiliated with Essex College, Canterbury College, Iona College and Holy Redeemer College to incorporate as the University of Windsor, a non-denominational, autonomous degree-granting institution.
- In 2013, the University of Windsor celebrated its 50th anniversary.
- The University of Windsor offers 190 undergraduates programs, 65 graduate programs and six professional programs.
- Faculty: 524
- Student/faculty ratio: 26:1
- Undergraduates: 12,780 (full and part time students)
- Graduate students: 2,794 (full and part time students)
- International students: 17 percent of student body from nearly 100 countries
- Male/female ratio: 48 percent male, 52 percent female
- In June 2011, we celebrated our 100,000th graduate
- The University of Windsor is a safe, urban campus covering 51 hectares (125 acres) in Windsor, Ontario.
- The main campus takes up just a few city blocks, making it ideal for walking or biking.
- The $112-million Centre for Engineering Innovation opened to students in 2012. Construction of a new parking structure and adjacent Innovation Centre was completed in fall 2013.
- A downtown campus in heritage buildings in the city centre was partially completed in 2015 with the opening of the Centre for Executive and Professional Education, as well as the School of Social work in the former Windsor Star building. Major reconstruction on the former Armouries building continues and will preserve and restore significant architectural elements of the building, which is the future home of the film production, music, and fine arts programs.
- Windsor is one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, with varied restaurants, friendly shops and ample cultural offerings just a quick walk, bike or bus ride away from campus.
- The bustling metropolis of Detroit is right across the river. Take the Tunnel Bus to Detroit for an afternoon of shopping, a big concert or a professional hockey, baseball, football, or basketball game.
- Our location at the intersection of North America gives our students the best of both worlds: a safe, small-town school with big-city amenities.
- The university fields 17 athletic teams that compete for provincial and national championships.
- In 2015, the women’s basketball team captured its fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) title.
- The St. Denis Centre boasts indoor and outdoor tracks, a championship pool, a 2,000-seat indoor fieldhouse for basketball and volleyball games, and a new football and soccer stadium that features a FIFA-approved artificial turf surface and seating for up to 10,000 spectators.