University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick | Fredericton and Saint John, N.B. | Founded 1785

The University of New Brunswick.

The Student Union Building on the Fredericton campus

MAC_RANKING BUTTONS_C6Founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, the University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in the country. With campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, UNB offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs. Fredericton, home to the original campus, has more programs, including arts, business administration, computer science, education, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, science and law. Saint John offers arts, business, science, engineering and a medical program. The campus in Fredericton sits on a steep hill overlooking the Saint John River, while the Saint John campus has a view of the Kennebecasis River. UNB’s professors conduct research in diverse areas, including work on human sexuality and improving aquaculture. UNB’s Planetary and Space Science Centre is home to Canada’s only NASA-designated Regional Planetary Image Facility, where the public can view mission documents and cartographical information. The university has ramped up research in recent years and 235 research projects have received funding in the past two years alone. “Part of our focus on a transformative student experience,” says president Eddy Campbell, “is teaching students how to create opportunities for themselves and others. At UNB, students across all disciplines learn how to empower themselves through entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.”

READ: The inside scoop on life at UNB

Standout Programs

Arts: Get inspired through creative writing: UNB’s nationally renowned creative writing program shapes writing styles, sharpens editing skills and produces strong authors every year. Our creative writing graduates are known around the world as strong authors and poets.

The program is an intimate and intense journey, offering students one-on-one consulting with faculty advisors, poetry weekends, guest lecturers, chances to write for prestigious journals, film competitions, community readings and a writer-in-residence. This real-world experience, combined with the resources and experts available to creative writing students makes this program unique. Creative writing can be studied at the bachelor, master and PhD levels.

Kinesiology: One of the most advanced motion analysis labs in North America: UNB is home to one of the most advanced, innovative and unique motion analysis labs in North America. The Human Performance Lab features state of the art equipment, including a motion capture system, a Cybex isokinetic strength-training chair and two electromyography systems. These elements combine to provide researchers with accurate readings for strength testing, muscle activity, ground forces and more.

Since opening in 2011, the lab has been one of only a few around the world. While there are similar movement labs across the county, the Human Performance Lab has a track that bisects the lab. Researchers can open the doors and allow participants to walk, jog, or wheel through the lab, which facilitates continuous motion during measurement.

Business: Fostering an entrepreneurial state of mind: The faculty of business administration on the Fredericton campus offers entrepreneurship-centered undergraduate and graduate programs through the International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre. In the Activator program, student teams work with real start-up ventures, gaining invaluable hands-on experience, while earning a concentration in entrepreneurship. NB Exporter-U brings students together with companies or government sectors to create and implement a customized export marketing strategy.

The faculty of business on the Saint John campus offers an MBA entrepreneurship and technology management (ETM) program that provides a strong foundation for creating value from new technology and technological change. The program combines creativity and practicality, providing instruction in the process of creating a new service or product, and modern approaches to bringing it to the marketplace. The ETM stream includes a work experience component where students can work first hand with local entrepreneurs.

Cool Courses

Governments and Their Spies: With a focus on several countries, this course examines covert intelligence activity from human intelligence to satellites.

Web Activism: Looks at how global communication technology has changed the way activists work to campaign against governments and on social issues.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates Average class size
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 75%
Commerce: 75%
$6,983 1st & 2nd year: 39.4
3rd & 4th year: 22.6
Full-time: 7,643
Part-time: 1,196
1,732 (first come, first served) Graduation: 78.3%
Retention: 79.6%
1st & 2nd year: 38.6
3rd & 4th year: 22.3

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