The university’s annual enrollment is about 20,000 students. UVic’s campus is known for its innovative architecture, beautiful gardens and mild climate. The university was closely affiliated with and established by McGill University, which is also credited with the beginnings of the University of British Columbia.
The university attracts many students in part because of its size, its picturesque location, and its cooperative education, earth and ocean sciences, engineering, and law programs. The university is the nation’s lead institution in the VENUS and NEPTUNE deep-water seafloor observatory projects.