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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. A tunnel system comes in handy during the island’s notorious winters. A second campus in St. John’s 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. A fourth campus is maintained in Harlow, England. 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.

•  Communications Studies: Provides a framework drawn from a variety of disciplines to provide an understanding of how communication and media are integral to the changing relationships between a variety of agents, from personal interactions to international relations.

Environmental Science: Drawing on its location at the Grenfell campus, the program gives students access to various natural habitats, including wetlands, boreal forests, numerous river systems and sub-arctic tundra; facilities include biology and soils labs.

Cool Courses

Intro to Natural Resource Management: Students learn about the huge losses of biodiversity and are encouraged to find ways to personally make a difference.

Exploration of the World Ocean: A first-year introductory course that attracts both science and non-science majors; includes online interactive activities in the form of virtual oceanographic expeditions.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 70%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
$3,073 1st & 2nd year: 44.2
3rd & 4th year: 23.7
Undergraduates: 13,894
Graduates: 3,687
2,000 (700 reserved for first-years) Graduation: 60.9%
Retention: 74.2%

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