Royal Military College of Canada

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A “university with a significant difference,” the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) caters to three distinct academic groups: it educates and trains its on-campus students (the famous “RMC Redcoats”) for careers as commissioned officers in the Canadian Forces; through its Division of Continuing Studies, the college provides university education at a distance to thousands of military and civilian members of the Department of National Defence; and it offers a number of well-respected and unique graduate programs in the arts, science and engineering divisions, open to both military and civilian students.

Limited enrolment in the on-campus and graduate programs is maintained through a competition of eligible applicants, and standards are high. Education is free for most on-campus undergraduates because of commitments of military service following graduation; these Officer Cadets also receive an additional monthly salary. Through the distance education programs, the college prides itself on offering flexible schedules for students with career and family commitments, accessible courses and degrees, and academic credit for appropriate military and professional experience.

While its student population is located around the world (wherever the Canadian Forces go), RMC occupies a 41-hectare peninsula immediately to the east of downtown Kingston, Ontario. Those students residing on campus benefit from their proximity to modern academic, athletic and residential facilities, while enjoying the older, historic buildings that remain part of the college.

In all programs, classes are small, the professor/student ratio is advantageous and laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art essentials. Programs are available in English and in French; the opportunity to learn and excel in both official languages is a fixture of the institution.

Serving Canada and Canadians since 1876, RMC has placed its graduates not only in military service, but also in government, business and the professions. Almost without exception, the ex-cadets of RMC are found in positions of leadership and responsibility.

The research at RMC is focused on those areas that are of direct and indirect benefit to the Department of National Defence, with particular emphasis on electrical and computer engineering, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and environmental engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, international security, governance and the economics of defence.

RMC conducts both academic and contracted research some of which involves the Institute for the Environment as well as nuclear research. More than 90 percent of the research is defence-related.

Recently, civilian students became eligible for admission to the master’s and doctoral programs to work alongside graduate students who are members of the Canadian Forces. Funding has been put in place to support these civilian students.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $2,550 - $ 3,485
Graduate tuition fees: $2,600 - $3,150

International student fees  2012-13 *
Tuition fees: up to $18,000

* Source: Royal Military College of Canada

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 1,250
Full-time (graduates): 300
Part-time (undergraduates): 930
Part-time (graduates): 290

* Source: Royal Military College of Canada