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. Manitoba is committed to improving access and support for Indigenous students through its Pathways to Indigenous Achievement plan. The university is home to more than 2,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. 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 in 2015, welcomes visitors with its transparent curtain wall. Taché Hall, a 100-year-old former residence, has been recently renovated and is home to the faculty of music and a new theatre. 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: Offered through the faculty of architecture, this multidisciplinary program provides a solid base for students intending to pursue careers or graduate studies in architecture, city planning, interior design or landscape architecture.
• Pharmacy: This program is considered one of the strongest in the country: Students perform very well on the national licensing exams. Class sizes are small, and experiential learning opportunities include service learning, hospital and community rotations.
• Native Languages: Offered as a minor through the department of native studies, students learn Ojibway and Cree, offered at both introductory and intermediate levels.
• Plagues and People: In this anthropology course, students learn about infectious-disease epidemics of the past, present and future, and study their impact on human populations.
• American Consumer Culture: This history course examines American consumer society through the ages, with a focus on topics such as mass marketing, branding and consumer protest.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Arts, Science: 85% direct entry; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program
Commerce: 86% or via University 1; Engineering: 88% or via University 1
|$4,780 (arts); $5,286 (science)||1st & 2nd year: 63.8
3rd & 4th year: 25.5
|1,176 (765 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 62.8%