University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg | Winnipeg, Man. | Founded 1871


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The University of Winnipeg’s downtown location defines its identity. Proudly devoted to serving the local community, the school has long been reaching out to those around it, working to adapt its offerings to shifting urban demographics. Winnipeg is now focused on addressing the educational needs of swelling Indigenous and immigrant communities, as well as working on its continuing-education programs. Annette Trimbee, the university’s president and an alumna, says: “I came to this school with the help of a scholarship, even though I came from a family that didn’t have much experience with university. I’m so proud U of W continues to find ways to make sure education is accessible to everyone, regardless of background and socio-economic status.” The university has invested in $217 million worth of expansions and renovations over the past decade, which are fuelling an important renewal at the core of Manitoba’s capital. The campus has been the scene of rapid and ambitious projects. The ultra-modern Buhler Centre houses the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, among other things, and a science and environment building opened recently. The U of W marked the latest phase in its decade-long campus renaissance with the completion of the United Health & RecPlex. Opened in fall 2014, it features a large multi-use artificial turf field, rubberized sprint track, yoga-dance studio and a community gym with a climbing wall. 

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Standout Programs

Environmental Studies and Science: An interdisciplinary program with a practical approach; choose from six subject areas, including forest ecology, issues in sustainability, and urban environments.

Human Rights: Students are exposed to issues of human rights from diverse perspectives including conflict resolution, women’s and gender studies, Indigenous studies, international development, political science, and religion and culture.

Indigenous Studies and Governance: One of Canada’s few B.A.s entirely focused on Indigenous issues. There are opportunities to pursue a double major, combining Indigenous studies with criminal justice or politics.

Cool Courses

Refugees, Resettlement, and Resilience: Examines the challenges refugees face after being displaced from their homes and the opportunities they find elsewhere.

Sociology of Medicine: Study the social consequences of disease and illness. Topics include stress, doctor-patient relationships, and social structures in hospitals.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 56%
Science: 56.6%
Commerce: 62.3%
$4,549 (arts); $5,058 (science) 1st & 2nd year: 35.3
3rd & 4th year: 18.8
Full-time: 6,617
Part-time: 2,505
348 (170 reserved for first years) Graduation: 45.4%
Retention: 70.5%

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