Performance Indicators (MTCU)

As required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), the University of Ottawa publishes data on three key performance indicators.

For a description of the methodology used, select the appropriate link below.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan default rate

Graduation rate

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities calculates graduation rates using a single entering cohort of students and determining whether or not they graduated within seven years.

The methodology involves the selection of a cohort of all full-time, first-year undergraduate students (both "new" and a small number of returning students who continue to have first-year status), with a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN), enrolled in a given fall session who were seeking either a bachelor's or first professional degree. The subset is then matched against the records for students who received a degree (in any program) from the same institution during the following seven years.

The graduating cohort does not include students who transferred to other institutions. They are considered non-graduating, for the purpose of this analysis.

Employment Rate

Employment rate data is collected through a survey of graduates of undergraduate degree programs conducted by all Ontario universities on an annual basis.  Graduates are asked 11 questions regarding their employment situation six months and two years after graduation.

The employment rate is the percentage of working graduates relative to the total number of graduates (employed or looking for work) in a given category.

For more information on this survey, please visit /institutional-research-planning/mtcus-survey-graduates

For more information on these indicators, including historical information by program and comparative information for other Ontario Universities, please visit MTCU’s website.

2015-2016 indicators (2013 graduates)
MTCU Key Performance Indicators 2015-16
University of Ottawa and Ontario average
PROGRAM Graduation Rate1 Employment rate2 Default Rate3
      6 Months 2-year    
uOttawa Ontario uOttawa Ontario uOttawa Ontario uOttawa Ontario
Agriculture / Biological Sciences 76.2 73.8 76.0 80.4 91.8 90.0 0.0 2.2
Business and Commerce 70.1 78.2 90.5 88.4 96.5 95.5 5.0 2.4
Computer Science 56.7 61.7 84.6 91.4 100.0 95.9 10.0 2.7
Education  98.9 98.0 91.5 89.2 96.8 96.2 1.3 1.4
Engineering  61.9 77.3 80.2 85.0 91.7 92.8 5.5 1.8
Fine and Applied Arts 65.6 71.0 88.9 86.1 97.4 92.6 1.9 4.4
Food Science and Nutrition 85.7 80.6 86.4 85.9 95.7 93.4 20.0 2.4
Health professions  81.9 82.5 93.8 82.5 86.2 90.2 2.8 2.5
Humanities  71.1 70.1 89.4 87.5 93.3 91.9 5.6 4.0
Journalism  54.8 73.9   81.9   90.8   4.3
Kinesiology, Recreation and Physical Education  74.8 80.3 93.2 90.5 90.1 92.5 3.9 2.1
Law 87.4 91.8 91.8 91.7 88.8 91.9 0.5 0.8
Mathematics 71.7 76.2 4 84.8 85.7 94.2 4 1.9
Medicine 99.3 98.7 4 99.6 4 100.0 4 0.2
Nursing 79.3 84.4 96.6 89.4 98.3 97.4 1.1 1.4
Other Arts and Science 53.2 74.3 87.6 87.6 93.4 92.7 5.3 5.3
Physical Sciences 73.3 66.1 69.2 77.8 92.9 90.2 0.0 2.5
Social Sciences 68.5 68.8 87.2 85.2 93.9 92.6 8.1 4.9
Theology  4 62.1 4 86.7 4 91.7 4 2.2
Therapy and Rehabilitation 4 0.0 4 4 4 92.9 0.0 0.0
Total 76.8   88.8   93.9   4.6  

1. Percentage of first-year students in bachelors or first professional degree programs in 2004-2005 who received a degree between 2007 and 2013 in any program area.

2. Percentage of 2013 graduates of bachelors or first professional degree programs who were employed six months and two years after graduation.

3. These default rates reflect the repayment status of students who were issued Ontario student loans. 

4. To ensure respondent's confidentiality, cell counts less-than or equal-to 10 are suppressed.

2013-2014 indicators (2011 graduates)
MTCU Key Performance Indicators 2014
University of Ottawa and Ontario average
PROGRAMGraduation Rate1Employment rate2Default Rate3
6 Months2-year
uOttawaOntariouOttawaOntariouOttawaOntariouOttawaOntario
Dentistry498.4497.44100.040.0
Education 98.694.187.686.896.194.41.91.6
Law91.1 92.991.592.990.793.91.81.5
Medicine 100.099.36100.0699.00.00.0
Optometry 498.84100.04100.040.0
Pharmacy498.2495.8497.240.0
Veterinary Medicine4100.0497.74100.040.0
Forestry472.7495.74100.040.0
Architecture / Landscape Architecture487.9486.3493.142.0
Business and Commerce 70.675.789.888.896.994.93.82.9
Engineering 61.475.791.187.687.994.15.5 2.3
Fine & Applied Arts 63.669.694.685.997.791.67.15.6
Food Science & Nutrition82.8100.087.592.994.916.72.2
Journalism 76.782.0681.2692.266.5
Nursing80.883.697.692.499.297.42.91.3
Kinesiology, Recreation and Physical Education 76.180.193.191.693.992.03.4 3.5
Theology 569.782.482.793.890.63.73.7
Therapy and Rehabilitation 81.381.3656100.00.00.5
Social Sciences70.170.387.785.591.191.39.16.3
Humanities     69.772.189.986.094.391.266.5
Other Arts and Science58.871.085.587.193.391.06.74.3
Agriculture / Biological Sciences77.1 77.185.182.289.789.26.13.0
Computer Science56.363.7690.4696.50.02.4
Mathematics 59.077.9687.3692.161.2
Health Professions 74.582.392.585.687.293.04.24.3
Physical Sciences 65.2 68.563.286.073.789.84.21.7
Total76.576.689.287.493.593.05.34.5

1. Percentage of first-year students in bachelors or first professional degree programs in 2004-2005 who received a degree between 2005 and 2012 in any program area.

2. Percentage of 2011 graduates of bachelors or first professional degree programs who were employed six months and two years after graduation.

3. These default rates reflect the repayment status of students who were issued Ontario student loans in the 2010-2011 academic year and completed or exited their sudies in 2010-2012. Graduate students are included. PROGRAM Ontario Graduation Rate1 Employment Rate2 Default Rate3 uOttawa Ontario

4. Program is not offered at the University of Ottawa.

5. Data not reported / not available. 6-month 2-year uOttawa. 

6. To ensure respondent's confidentiality, cell counts less-than or equal-to 10 are suppressed.

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