Fast Facts

Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering InnovationThe Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation

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

  • Undergraduate and Graduate: 16,321 (full and part-time students)
  • International students: 23 percent of the student body from nearly 100 countries
  • Student:faculty ratio: 26:1
  • Hours of service contributed to Windsor-Essex communities: 1.25 million

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.
  • A 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.

Lancer Athletics

  • The university fields 17 athletic teams that compete for provincial and national championships.
  • In 2015, the women's basketball team captured its fifth straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) title.
  • The St. Denis Centre boasts indoor and outdoor tracks, a championship pool, a 2,000-seat indoor fieldhouse for basketball and volleyball games, and a new football and soccer stadium that features a FIFA-approved artificial turf surface and seating for up to 10,000 spectators.

More detailed information is available from the Office of Institutional Analysis.