Concordia University has two campuses, Loyola Campus (Notre-Dame-de-Grace), and Sir George William Campus (Quartier Concordia). The two campuses are joined by a shuttle bus service that is free for the university’s faculty, staff, and students. Recent expansions made to the campus include: the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex (Loyola) in August 2003, the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (Sir George Williams campus) in September 2005, and the John Molson School of Business building which opened on September 2009. On October 2009, the Hall Building and the McConnell Library buildings will be connected by the 120-metre underground tunnel of the Guy-Concordia metro station. The campus offers co-educational residences to students who want to live near the campus. They include: Residences on the Loyola Campus (Hingston Hall and Jesuit Residence) and on the Sir George Williams Campus (Grey Nuns Residence).
Concordia offers the following student services: Art Galleries, Art Supply Store, Bookstore, Campus Venues, Child Care Centres, Radio Station (CLO), Computer Store, The Concordian (a weekly independent student newspaper), Co-op Bookstore, CUTV (producer of in house videos, audition tapes, promotional videos, on-campus publicity for student clubs), Health Services, Information Technology Services (Computing Services), Libraries, The Link (Weekly independent newspaper), Multi-faith Chaplaincy, Parking, Peer Support Program, Q2 Ally Network (group that celebrates sexual diversity), QPIRG (Quebec Public Interest Research Group is a non-profit organization that raises social awareness and activism on social and environmental issues), Recreation and Athletics, Residence Life, Shuttle Bus, Sustainable Concordia Project (promotes ecological, social, and economical sustainability).
The Concordia Student Union (CSU) is the representative of the undergraduate students at Concordia. CSU provides these services and programs: Housing & Job bank, Health and Dental Insurance, Free Handbook/Agenda, Co-op Used Bookstore, Class Scheduling software, Advocacy services, and “Reggies” Student bar. Some of the major student associations include: Concordia International Students Association, Fine Arts Students Alliance (FASA), Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Association (ECSGA), Engineering and Computer Science Association (ECA), Commerce Graduate Students' Association (CGSA), Commerce & Administration Students Association (CASA), and Arts and Science Federation of Associations (ASFA).
The Concordia Stingers, the varsity team of the University, compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (Quebec Student Sports Federation and Quebec University Football League). It has ten varsity teams, which include men and women’s Soccer, men and women’s Rugby, Football, Sport Wrestling, women’s Ice Hockey and men and women’s Basketball. Students can also join the Sports Clubs: Baseball, men and women’s Cross-Country, men’s and women’s Golf, and men’s and women’s Skiing. For recreation, students can choose from some of these alternatives: Aerobics/Spinning, Dance, Fitness and Relaxation, Martial Arts, Gym, Personal Training, Weight Room, and others.
Concordia has an estimated 200 undergraduate programs, and they are divided into four faculties: Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (Building Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Engineering, Software Engineering), Faculty of Fine Arts, and the John Molson School of Business (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Administration).
Concordia University is one of the “G15” in the Engineering schools in Canada. The Ecole de Mines de Paris ranks it number one among Canadian universities, and 33rd among the world universities with regards to university graduates who occupy the “Chief Executive Officer” position at the Fortune 500 Companies. In 2008, Concordia ranked 20th in Canada, and 357th internationally in the Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings. Its school of Business (John Molson) is consistently on the top ten Canadian Business Schools within the top 100 worldwide.
Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The population of the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (also known as Greater Montreal Area) is roughly 3.6 million. In 2007, Montreal was ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. The city rests on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.
Montreal has many beautiful attractions and his rich in cultural heritage. A cultural heart of classical art and the venue for many summer festivals, the Place des Arts is a complex of different concert and theatre halls surrounding a large open-spaced square in the downtown. The Place des Arts harbours the headquarters of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), which performs in its halls regularly.