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. 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.” In 2016, the university mandated an Indigenous course requirement for all undergraduate degrees, one of the first universities in Canada to do so, ensuring that students have a baseline knowledge of Indigenous people and culture. The university has also invested in $217 million worth of expansions and renovations over the past decade. This includes the ultra-modern Buhler Centre with state-of-the-art classrooms, a science and environment building, and an athletic complex. In 2017, Leatherdale Hall is slated to open, a multi-use space that can be converted to a lecture hall, reception area or breakout rooms.

READ: Winnipeg through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs

Women and Gender Studies: Offers the theoretical and the practical, touching on topics such as race, class and religion. Students can find jobs in social work, education, counselling and policy development.

Chemistry: Options include degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as a four-year B.Sc. in applied chemistry, a partnership with Red River College. There’s also a business stream with core courses through the faculty of business.

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

Indigenous Food Systems: Students work directly with the Fisher River Cree Nation elders to understand the Indigenous food system and ways it can be improved.

Sustainable Energy for Northern Development: Offered in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, this course examines sustainable energy policies in Norway and Canada.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 53.3%
Science: 58.7%
Commerce: 61%
$4,897 (arts); $5,412 (science) 1st & 2nd year: 36.6
3rd & 4th year: 18.4
Undergraduates: 9,238
Graduates: 239
348 (265 reserved for first years) Graduation: 44.7%
Retention: 75.9%

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