The University of Victoria, often referred to as UVic, is the second oldest public research university in British Columbia, Canada. It is a research intensive university located in Saanich and Oak Bay, about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of downtown Victoria. 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 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 deep-water seafloor observatory projects.
The University is academically known for its research contributions by its School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, which has also 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 environment, and has worked closely on a large number of precedent setting environmental and First Nations legal cases across Canada and around the world.