University of Windsor

Odette Building - School of Business (Photo: Mike Russell)

University of Windsor

The University of Windsor is located at the crossroads of North America, 15 minutes from the start of Highway 401 or Michigan’s I-75, and facing one of Canada’s most beautiful waterfronts on the Detroit River. That location speaks to UWindsor’s greatness as an internationally oriented, multi-disciplined institution that actively encourages a broad diversity of students, faculty and staff.

Those strengths vault it to the forefront of Canadian universities in the creation of an awareness and appreciation of difference — difference in ethnic backgrounds, difference in cultures and difference in dreams.

From that diversity, the University fosters an atmosphere of close cooperation between faculty and students, creating a unifying atmosphere of excellence across all of its faculties to encourage lifelong learning, teaching, research and discovery.

Its basic characteristics of openness, warmth and support make the University of Windsor an exceptionally welcoming community for students and faculty from Asia, Europe, and Africa — or from just down the street.

Now entering its most ambitious capital expansion since its founding in 1963, UWindsor opened its Medical Education Building, which houses the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program. As well, with the help of $40 million in Ontario government funding, the University will construct a new 300,000-square-foot, $112-million Centre for Engineering Innovation, a structure that will establish revolutionary design standards across Canada and beyond. The buildings are two of the touchstones for our tagline, Thinking Forward.

Student Development and Support

The following campus services are just a few examples of how UWindsor is here to help:

  • Centre for Career Education – Take advantage of strong corporate/campus partnerships to get hands-on experience in your future career.
  • Students Orienting Students (SOS) – This energetic group of UWindsor students has volunteered to help first-year, transfer and international students find their way around their new home.
  • International Students Centre – A home away from home for UWindsor’s dynamic international community.
  • Campus Life Line – To make your student life experience successful, Campus Life Line offers support in campus life, involvement and career preparation.
  • Skills to Enhance Personal Success (STEPS) – Offers essential workshops in study skills, test-taking, improving your grades and more.
  • Information Technology Services – A 21st century UWindsor education is powered by today’s latest technologies. IT Services not only offers tech support, but hardware and software training.
  • Student Health Services – Your family doctor away from home. Call for appointments or just drop-in during designated hours for excellent, confidential care.
  • Student Counseling Centre – The professional therapists at the centre offer short-term and crisis counseling for concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship issues and cultural issues.
  • Student Disability Services – Ensures that all students receive fair and equal access to the university’s many resources.
  • Safety Services – The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority. We recently implemented UWindsorAlert emergency notification system to make immediate contact in a time of crisis.

Housing and Dining

Our six residence halls have been designed for comfort, convenience and a close-knit sense of community. They all have wireless, high-speed Internet and most have roomy lounges with flat-screen TVs, ping-pong tables, videogames and free movies. And don’t forget to apply for a $1,000 Residence Entrance Scholarship!

For a taste of independent living, check out the online database of off-campus housing maintained by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance. Or apply for on-campus housing at the Clark Residences, 30 furnished townhouses with full kitchens.

Our flexible meal plans are your ticket to healthy, delicious, satisfying food from our campus restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, or use your flex account to purchase a meal from one of our off-campus partners.

Café Chez Vanier is the main residence dining hall offering alluring international dishes like maple chipotle grilled salmon or potato gnocchi with creamy spinach sauce and favourites like Chinese Buffet Night. Another campus hot spot is the Market Place food court at the CAW Student Centre to satisfy the four basic “P” food groups: pizza, pasta, pitas and paninis.

Living in the heart of the city of Windsor, you’re never far from tasty local restaurants, bars and shops. On University Avenue alone, you can pick up Ethiopian food, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, fish and chips, BBQ and Greek.

Recreation and Fitness

The Division of Athletics and Recreation Services administers a number of programs, from top varsity teams to recreational house leagues.

Lancer athletics includes more than dozen teams which compete in the Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport leagues.

The Campus Recreation program incorporates a number of health and fitness activities, from ballroom dancing to martial arts, cardio and aerobic workouts to intramural sports. It will enrich your University experience and foster a lifetime of wellness.

The St. Denis Athletic and Community Centre is the home turf of the Windsor Lancers athletic teams and the best place on campus to break a sweat.

St. Denis boasts the 5,000-seat St. Denis fieldhouse for Lancer basketball and volleyball, the grass expanse of the University of Windsor Stadium for the football and soccer teams, a championship-caliber indoor track and indoor pool, and the latest and greatest addition, The Forge.

The Forge is the university’s brand-new, fully stocked student fitness center. Choose from 31 cardio machines, 24 weight training machines, tons of free weights, personal training sessions and awesome group classes like Salsa cardio, deep water aquafitness, sculpting Pilates and Tai Chi.

A short walk from campus is the scenic Windsor Riverfront, where you can jog, bike or just take an invigorating stroll along the Detroit River.

Arts and Culture

The LeBel Gallery—located in the LeBel Building, home to the School of Visual Arts—is a student -programmed exhibition space, with displays changing weekly during the school year. A $40,000 renovation in 2007 added new lighting, ceilings, walls and floors to create a professional space to show works by students and faculty.

The Art Gallery of Windsor collects, conserves, interprets, and presents Canadian art. Its riverfront building in downtown Windsor is a place to view significant works of art by local, regional, and national artists. The gallery’s collection of more than 3,000 works of art—including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, illustrations, and videos—covers the period from about 1750 through to the present day.

The Arts Council – Windsor & Region is an umbrella organization representing and promoting all artistic endeavour within Windsor and Essex County. It operates the Artspeak Gallery in the heart of Olde Walkerville, as well as ArtsNotes, one of Windsor’s most comprehensive events listings.

Artcite artist-run centre maintains a balanced and diverse program of visual art exhibitions and events, including performance, film and video screenings, artists’ lectures and workshops, and presentations of experimental music and interdisciplinary art production by local, regional, national and international artists. It is located in the Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre in Windsor’s downtown core.

University Players, the production company of the School of Dramatic Art, celebrated its 50th season in 2009. Each year, it stages a mix of drama and comedy, from the ancient to the modern. UWindsor students are eligible for a discount on ticket prices. It performs in the Essex Hall Theatre, with 320 plush seats.

The Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, home of the School of Dramatic Art, houses the intimate 80-seat Studio Theatre, used for smaller productions.

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