Choice is the buzzword at Manitoba. Western Canada’s oldest ivory tower offers more than 100 degrees, including some rare courses. Professional schools offer degrees in architecture, engineering, medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy. Despite its size and research focus, Manitoba prioritizes “an outstanding student experience,” says president David Barnard. For evidence of that commitment, consider that the school placed first in its category in the Maclean’s rankings for spending on student services. Manitoba has made another big commitment: better access for Indigenous students. More than 2,100 Aboriginal Canadians study here, and that number is growing. Manitoba has also produced almost 100 Rhodes Scholars—more than any other school west of Ontario. Notable grads include Marshall McLuhan and author Miriam Toews. While the trademark Georgian-style architecture reminds students of the school’s history, the new Active Living Centre, which opened last year, welcomes visitors with its transparent curtain wall. Taché Hall, a 100-year-old former residence, is under renovation (expected to be completed in 2017) to house music programs. And, for those worried about harsh Winnipeg winters, moving around campus is easy, thanks to an extensive tunnel system linking up both old and new buildings.
• Environmental Design: Architecture and environmentalism come together in this degree designed to explore the relationship between man-made environments and natural ones.
• Native Studies and Aboriginal Governance: This multidisciplinary program prepares students for careers in politics and business relating to Aboriginal communities. The program can be taught on campus or in a community setting.
• Pharmacy: With a 100 per cent pass rate on the national licensing exams in 2006, 2008 and 2011, U of M’s pharmacy program is considered one of the strongest in the country.
• Thinking: This psychology class discusses the nature of thinking, including the cognitive unconscious, artificial neural networks, probabilistic reasoning, and more.
• The Supernatural in Pop Culture: Study the expression of supernatural phenomena in pop culture from comic books to music. Divinations, ghosts, vampires, and even time travel are all subjects looked at in this course.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|85% to enter directly; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program||$4,378 (arts); $4,901 (science)||1st & 2nd year: 65.8
3rd & 4th year: 25.7
|1,176 (765 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 61%