Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland | St. John's, N.L. | Founded 1925

Memorial students in a marine studies lab

ST. JOHN’S, NFLD – OCTOBER 3rd, 2014 – Memorial University. PICTURED: Khalil Eslamloo shows students Katie Verkaik and Syliva Fitzgibbon marine life used for instructing high school students who visit the facility. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson)

Memorial puts a strong emphasis on learning by doing. The school’s co-op program places more than 1,600 students each year, many in international positions, while a database matchmaking tool connects students with researchers around the globe to work on projects such as shipwreck discovery and climate change.

“We are a leader among Atlantic Canada institutions in research funding, making us a powerhouse of opportunity,” says president Vianne Timmons. “And together, our faculty, students and staff engage in teaching and learning, research and public engagement that has both local relevance and global impact.”

MUN offers more than 300 degree, diploma, certificate and graduate programs. The main campus is minutes from downtown St. John’s—a tunnel system comes in handy during the island’s notorious winters. St. John’s is also home to the Fisheries and Marine Institute and the new Signal Hill campus, which focuses on public engagement and innovation. The Grenfell Campus, in Corner Brook, is known for its fine arts and environmental policy programs, and a small campus is maintained in Harlow, England. MUN attracts students from more than 115 countries, as well as a large number of students from Ontario and the Maritimes who appreciate the friendly culture, inspiring landscape and tuition that’s considerably less than what they might pay at many other universities.

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Standout Programs
• Ocean Sciences: This interdisciplinary program, ideally situated at MUN’s Ocean Sciences Centre—one of Canada’s largest marine labs—provides a strong foundation in ocean studies, covering physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography.
• Music and Business Administration: This joint program allows students to earn two bachelor’s degrees in five years. Students develop their music skills while establishing the business knowledge to forge successful careers in the music industry.
• Environment and Sustainability: This Grenfell campus program combines social and natural science perspectives and looks at topics that range from renewable energy to environmental economics.

Cool Courses
• Religion and Disney Films: Not Just Another Mickey Mouse Course: Students examine, in depth, religious themes and issues arising from Disney films and entertainment.
• The Global Politics of the End of the World (As We Know It): Students study how humans have imagined and predicted the world’s end. Topics include the collapse of societies and the threat of thermonuclear war.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$3,769 ($4,549 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 11,925 · Part-time: 1,695
Graduates: Full-time: 2,788 · Part-time: 1,256
International Students: First-year: 16% ·
Graduate: 57%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 355 (2,432 last year with 1,050 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $3,906 to $4,816

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