Location: Windsor, ON, Canada
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $5,558
Most Popular Majors: Kinesiology, Business, Criminology, Engineering, Sociology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 99%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Windsor’s website at www.uwindsor.ca.
Why Choose UWindsor?
“The University of Windsor seemed like a smaller school where the individual students mattered more to the faculty – I didn’t want to just feel like a number. I liked that the university offered a smaller learning setting and it was well-known for the programme that I entered.”
"I directly applied for a double-major in Creative Writing and Visual Arts, and it was not offered at any other university in Ontario."
"I wanted to try out the English and Creative Writing program, and try something new by going further away from home."
"The university offered a community feel that I didn't really witness anywhere else. I thought that it would be easier to make friends and network, which is something that is very important to me!"
“My favourite thing about UWindsor is the feeling of community. It doesn’t feel as competitive as other schools, and you get the opportunity to try lots of different things and feel supported by your peers. I love going to the football games when you get to show your school spirit and enjoy going out to a school event with your friends.”
"The people here are definitely what makes the school what it is because it's a lot easier to find people who share your interests here because it's a smaller school."
"Everything on campus is a surprise! Everyone loves surprises. There's always something new happening."
"Lancer Nation hosts a lot of awesome events on campus and we really value that around the university. It helps our small school develop a closeness as a community!"
“While not feeling like you are in competition with others can be nice at times, it can also feel a bit worrisome. UWindsor sometimes feels like it isn’t challenging enough, and I really like to feel challenged.”
"The fact that they seem to strike every single year is really frustrating. We never know if we can actually expect classes to be happening or not at the beginning of the year, and that's pretty scary. It's not really fair to us as students."
"The construction around the school sucks. It's harder to get to class because we have to walk around construction zones and with blocked off areas, parking can be difficult. It would be nice if they wouldn't make it so hard to get around and make the campus more accessible even when they're doing renovations."
"Some of the parts of living in residence can get pretty annoying at times. The water is a constant battle. Hot water is not constant, we're constantly having to bring in people to get it fixed, as well as the heating and cooling."
"Maintenance orders take a long time. I asked them to fix my window when I got to school in September, but it's still not fixed. We have to put the heat on blast to keep the room warm, but it just makes the room horribly hot instead and we can barely stand being in there it's so hot."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Being a first-year, you feel pretty accepted. There are lots of frosh events to get involved with at the beginning of the year, and a Clubs Week so you can join clubs on campus. It’s also a small school, so it’s easier to meet people and make friends. There is housing for first-years on their own, combination housing with first-years and upper-years, and completely separate upper-year housing.”
“Since the University of Windsor is pretty small, you can meet people on campus quite easily – meaning first-years or upper-years. It’s not difficult and not very intimidating, either, because you sometimes have upper-years helping with your first-year classes.”
"I came to the open houses in the fall and the spring. It was good - everyone was really willing to talk to you about your program."
"The frosh week was great. They had a lot of really great events set up for the first week. It was eye-opening, kind of, 'cause I'd never had anything like that before and it was pretty cool."
All About Academics
“Business, Criminology, Kinesiology, Engineering, and Drama are all fairly popular majors on campus, though the workload differs enormously between programmes.”
“The small population at UWindsor allows you to sign up for courses pretty easily, but there aren’t as many courses offered as at other schools, so sometimes you’re stuck choosing something you didn’t really want in the first place.”
“Leddy Library is usually packed with people. It’s a fairly big space, but it can be difficult to find seating at times. It would be nice if there was another library on campus to offer more seating for students.”
"The workload is either not busy at all or out-of-this world busy. I never completely finish anything. I'm like, 'Yes! I got five hours of sleep last night! Time for another 13-hour day!' It's like you have to choose: am I going to eat a good breakfast today, or have time to shower today? 'Cause you can't do both and still get the work done."
Learn from the Best
“As a Digital Journalism student, I have been taught by actual journalists at times. They were really informative and I really appreciated their help because I had to pick up on a lot of journalistic habits in order to succeed in my programme. I have really enjoyed the programme so far and I find it challenging, but exciting. It’s an amazing experience!”
"My favourite professor is my history professor, Robert Nelson. I completely love his class. At first, I hated having class on Fridays. If I didn't take that class, I wouldn't have a class on Fridays, but I took his lecture, and I actually want to take his lecture next semester. Because of him, I actually have a class on Friday next semester. I really, really love him as a professor. With world wars, he tells it like a story, and when he tells it, he tells it in a really funny way. I really get into the lecture."
"I like my Spanish professor, Dr. Radjinski - she's amazing at what she does. She gets really into it. She'll get up and start dancing and singing in the middle of class. I went to her office hours yesterday to talk to her about some stuff and she was really friendly and she actually offered me some work doing editing for her down the road. She's one of my favourite professors; she got me really into Spanish."
"Zieg Ward's sculpture class - best part of my day by far. He's crazy, really sarcastic, and you learn a lot, but at the same time, you really have to work with your ideas because he's not going to be babying you and telling you that you're doing great when you did really badly. He's going to be honest with you and you have to work hard. But I love that class. I want to take more classes of that now."
"I really like my Media & Society class. The teacher, Kyle, is really interesting. He makes jokes about where he used to work, at YTV as a student, and he has a lot of experience and really enjoys what he's talking about, so it rubs off on the students."
Interests & Involvement
“Clubs are a major thing on campus. We have lots of different clubs and activities that you can participate in based upon your interests and hobbies, and there are Club days each semester where you can go out, talk to members of different organizations on campus, and see if it’s something that you’d be interested in joining.”
"I've loved meeting new people and learning new skills. It's great to have the friends from this club [Her Campus University of Windsor] to hang out with."
"Being involved is important. It's work that you've done that people actually see - you can impress your professors!"
"I kind of like being busy. Some days, I look at my schedule, and I'm feeling really overwhelmed with how busy I am, but on other days I'm really proud of myself. It's good to get involved and feel like you're making a difference on campus."
“UWindsor is really well-known for its football team, and track. We have a lot of athletes, and there are even athletic-themed floors in some of the residences to support this.”
"The first football game of the year was really interesting and exciting. The only reason I didn't stay for the whole game was because it was so hot outside! But it's nice to support your school and feel like you're a part of your community on campus!"
"There are lot of sports games that you can go to, and you can just go because it's free for students. That's a really great thing about our school that other universities don't always offer. I went to a volleyball game last week, and it's actually really cool!"
“It can be really fun to be a woman on campus. There are lots of female-oriented clubs like Women in Leadership and Her Campus UWindsor that allow you to get involved and feel like you’re part of a community at the university.”
“Girls tend to dress pretty preppy on campus due to the presence of sororities, but there are lots of different styles, really, and no two people really dress ‘the same.’”
"I'm an English major, and there are plenty more girls than there are guys. In one of my classes, especially, you see how many more women there are on campus especially, because there are just so few guys dispersed between my classes."
"Every guy treats you like you're single. I've gotten asked out by ten guys that I don't even know. They just come up to me and ask me if I have a boyfriend. It makes me feel really uncomfortable."
"There are lots of programs for Women's Studies, too. I have a bunch of girls on my floor that are in Women's Studies classes."
Food & Drink
“We don’t really have a dining hall on campus, and rather we have a bunch of restaurants that are included in our meal plan, but that’s just because we have a small school. The food is okay, but it’s kind of overpriced and most people tend to go off-campus for food or buy their own groceries. A lot of first-years frequent the Crocodile Grill, or the “Croc”, because they offer traditional breakfast every weekday morning and dinner and dessert starting in the later evening. You do sometimes see upper-years there, too, but not as often.”
“There are kitchens in all of the residences on campus, on every floor usually. If you’re living off-campus, it’s obviously a lot easier to access a kitchen, most likely, but on-campus, you can usually get to one, too. You just might have to wait while someone finishes cooking something or cleans up their dishes from last night.”
"The CAW is always closed at certain times, like when you want to eat breakfast and you can't eat breakfast. Their food is okay, but you get sick of it after awhile because you have only five options."
“People go out a lot at UWindsor, but it’s definitely not considered a ‘party school’. Nonetheless, there are frats and sororities on campus so there are lots of parties that happen on the weekends, and residences tend to have parties, too. I don’t really think people feel pressured to drink on weekends, I think it’s just a kind of to-each-his-own kind of thing. If you want to go out, go out. Want to stay in and watch Netflix? Go ahead.”
“It can always be a little scary to walk around campus at night, but there’s a Walk Safe program if you ever don’t want to walk alone. You just call a number and people from the program on campus will meet with you and walk with you to wherever you’re going. It’s pretty reassuring.”
“The dorms are pretty nice, but there are definitely some that are nicer or newer than others. For first year residences, you have a lot of choices – Laurier and Mac are apartment style, and then there’s also Cartier, Clark, and Alumni. There’s Electa for upper-years, too, and upper-years can also live in Clark and Alumni. Alumni and Cartier are a little newer, so they’re somewhat nicer, but every place has its perks and downsides.”
“If you’re not a first year, you usually don’t live on campus. Most people want to save money in that way and also residence life can get a little bit anticlimactic after awhile. Most students want to venture off on their own once second year rolls around. If you don’t want to live on campus in first year, you can also go and get off-campus student housing, which is fairly inexpensive.”
“Windsor has a lot of beauty to it – there’s the Ambassador Bridge, a pretty neat downtown area, and a couple of nice shopping malls nearby. There’s some stuff that’s not so nice to look at, like the abandoned housing, but it’s not horrible and there isn’t that much of it. China town is pretty close to campus, so you can go and get sushi whenever you want. If you want different kinds of restaurants, you typically have to bus downtown or into another area of the city.”
“There is lots of downtown life in Windsor. There’s a Caesar’s Casino, as well as several bars and clubs. They’re all a fairly short bus ride away, and they can be a lot of fun!”
"When it was warm out, I really liked running along the riverside. It's so beautiful down there and it's nice to be able to look across the river at the Detroit skyline."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Windsor
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