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.”

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Standout Programs

Creative Writing: The program provides real-world experience, offering students one-on-one consulting with faculty advisers, poetry weekends, guest lecturers, chances to write for prestigious journals, community readings and a writer-in-residence.

Kinesiology: Students have access to the Human Performance Lab, which features state-of-the-art equipment, including a motion capture system, a Cybex isokinetic strength-training chair and two electromyography systems.

Business: In the Activator program, student teams work with real start-up ventures, gaining 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.

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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