The University of Victoria (Commonly referred to as uVictoria or UVic) is the second oldest public research university in British Columbia. It is a research intensive university located in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (northeast of Victoria) with an enrollment figure of more than 20,000 students. The campus is known for its innovative architecture, beautiful gardens and mild climate. It attracts many students in part because of its size, its picturesque location, and its Cooperative Education, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Engineering, and Law programs. The university is also the province's second largest research institution and the nation's lead institution in the VENUS and NEPTUNE projects.
The university' is academically known for its research contributions through its School of Earth and Ocean Sciences which has helped predict and alleviate the impact of recent earthquakes around the world. The University of Victoria Law Programs has a long history of protecting Human rights and the environmental and worked closely on a large number of precedent setting environmental, ecological and First Nations cases across Canada, and the globe.
The Victoria Vikings represent the University at the Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) division as well as through a variety of intercollegiate leagues. The Victoria Vikes have especially long and eminent ties to Competitive Rowing, and Basketball. The university's Cornett Building is an acclaimed example of architectural modernism on the campus. Home to many of the humanities, the Cornett Building boasts a long history of befuddling students who find themselves lost within its long corridors.
The University Of Victoria has been consistently ranked as Research University of the Year and as the Research University of the Decade by Re$earch Infosource. The University has climbed to 130th in the world and sixth place in Canada in the 2010 Times Higher Education’s annual World University Rankings. UVic was the top-ranked university in Canada without an autonomous medical school by THES World University Rankings. The University has been home to more 40 faculty members who are Fellows with the Royal Society of Canada since the University of Victoria's founding.