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Gee-Gees Quick Facts

Women's rugby team walking away after scoring

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa adopted its official colours Garnet and Grey, and like many nineteenth-century institutions, the athletics teams were known only by the school's colours. A connection was made between the shorthand "GGs" and "Gee-Gee", the common British nickname for a racehorse. The unique Gee-Gees name and iconic logo known today is a result of 170 years of history.

2018-19 by the numbers:

497 student-athletes on varsity and varsity club teams 

95 Academic All-Canadians on varsity teams*

41,880 total uOttawa enrollment

985,000 City of Ottawa population


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*Note Academic All-Canadians are from the previous academic year, 2017-2018