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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

Founded 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 places a strong focus on research, and has received 495 research grants 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

Archaeology: UNB’s archaeology program is the only one in Canada to offer field school experiences and features a specialized bioarchaeology field course. The program provides opportunities to test excavation techniques, ethical handling practices, analysis, and field data recording at a number of sites, including the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Students can also complete work placements with government sponsors and on private-sector cultural resource archaeological projects, which can satisfy the field work requirement while allowing students to earn a wage.

Marine Biology: As one of Canada’s only marine biology programs, UNB offers students the chance to participate in an intensive 12-weeks of hands-on learning and research at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews. The specialized semester exposes students to a diverse array of marine organisms, including whales, seals, seabirds, algae, fish and invertebrates.

EngineeringCanada’s first university engineering program is also one of the most innovative. At UNB, design is a critical element to engineering education, giving students the job-ready skills employers are looking for. A unique senior-year capstone course and the annual Engineering Design Symposium put students’ knowledge to the test, connects them with real-world industry partners and prepares them for their careers. The engineering faculty offers seven undergraduate programs: chemical, civil, electrical and computer, geodesy and geomatics, geological, mechanical, and software

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 Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 75%
Commerce: 75%
$7,312 1st & 2nd year: 38.6
3rd & 4th year: 22.3
Undergraduates: 8,839
Graduates: 1,599
1,732 (first come, first served) Graduation: 78.3%
Retention: 79.6%

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