Our History

  • 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

Our Students

  • Undergraduates: 12,780 (full and part-time students)
  • Graduate students: 2,794 (full and part-time students)
  • International students: 17 percent of the student body from nearly 100 countries
  • Male/female ratio: 48 percent male, 52 percent female
  • In June 2011, we celebrated our 100,000th graduate

Our Campus

  • 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.
  • downtown campus in heritage buildings in the city centre was 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 is now complete and has preserved and restored architectural elements of the building, now home to the School for Creative Arts. The newly-built Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts is adjacent to the Armouries and completes the arts precinct.

Our Towns

  • 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 of Windsor is a comprehensive, student-focused university, with more than 15,000 students enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs including several professional schools such as:

We have strong student-faculty relationships, exceptional award-winning faculty and innovative staff. It creates a unifying atmosphere of excellence across all of our faculties to encourage lifelong learning, teaching, research and discovery.

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 includes the School of Creative Arts, located in the century-old site of the Windsor Armouries and the Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts.

The University of Windsor is located next to North America’s busiest international border crossing and looks out on one of Canada’s most beautiful waterfronts on the Detroit River. Windsor is also Canada’s southernmost city and has some of the country’s best weather.

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.

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.

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