Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland | St. John’s, N.L. | Founded 1925

Students work in a lab at Memorial. (Jessica Darmanin)

Students work in a lab at Memorial. (Jessica Darmanin)


Memorial puts a strong emphasis on learning by doing. The school’s co-op program places more than 1,500 students each year, many in international positions, while a database matchmaking tool called Yaffle connects them with researchers around the globe to work on projects such as shipwreck discovery and climate change. “The ocean has given us endless opportunities,” says president Gary Kachanoski, pointing to industries from fisheries to oil and gas. “Memorial is setting the standard for education, training, innovation and research in cold oceans and harsh environment engineering,” he adds. The main campus is minutes from downtown St. John’s. Macpherson College is a new 500-bed residence on the St. John’s campus. A tunnel system comes in handy during the island’s notorious winters. A second St. John’s campus houses the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The Grenfell Campus, 700 km away in Corner Brook, is known for its fine arts and environmental policy programs. While MUN is far-flung for most Canadians, it attracts a surprisingly large number of out-of-province students from Ontario and the Maritimes, who appreciate the friendly culture, inspiring landscape and, best of all, average tuition that’s less than half what they might pay in some other provinces.

READ: The inside scoop on life at Memorial

Standout Programs
Ocean Mapping: This joint diploma of technology/bachelor of technology trains students with marine surveying equipment, optical and acoustic remote sensing technologies, oceanographic instrumentation and geographic information systems.
• Theatre: Grenfell campus’s theatre program is taught by working theatre professionals. Students choose from two areas: acting and stagecraft. In their final year, students spend seven weeks in England at Memorial’s Harlow Campus.
Process Engineering: Memorial students can study how natural resources such as oil, minerals and food are turned into products in the only program in Canada that offers a degree in process engineering with a co-op component.

Cool Courses
• Songwriting: This combination of music and creative writing classes has students study song lyrics and come up with their own. The final exam is an hour-long concert of their best work.
• Feminist Technologies: Students build a technology from a feminist perspective and study the history of domestic and workplace technology.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 70%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
$3,071 1st & 2nd year: 44.6
3rd & 4th year: 23.6
Full-time: 12,034
Part-time: 1,937
1,911 (first come, first served) Graduation: 63.5%
Retention: 74.7%

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