University College of the North

University College of the North | The Pas, Mant. | Founded 2004

University College of the North students in a gym


The University College of the North (UCN) covers a catchment area in northern Manitoba that’s roughly equal to the size of France. UCN accommodates its widespread student population—more than 70 per cent of which is Indigenous—with 12 regional centres and two larger campuses.

Nature lovers who attend UCN will find themselves right at home at either of the school’s two main campuses. The Pas campus is near Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, which is home to one of the clearest lakes in North America. The Thompson campus is set amid the Canadian Shield and boreal forest. Thompson also happens to be the wolf capital of Canada.

UCN offers a variety of degree, diploma, certificate and trades programs, as well as apprenticeship and academic upgrading programs. Program areas include education, nursing, carpentry, culinary arts, welding and more. UCN and the University of Manitoba jointly offer a four-year bachelor degree program in nursing, which offers a community-based approach to health care.

UCN has a strong culture of diversity and inclusivity. The school strives to include at least one Indigenous learning outcome per course. Each of UCN’s main campuses have an Indigenous centre that provides support services, including counselling from local Elders. UCN also offers a certificate in teaching Ininimowin (Cree), the only post-secondary program taught entirely in Cree.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $6,824-$7,842 $3,903-$8,558 $3,613-$11,093 Yes

Cool Options

  • Waskawimakanwa Mecimwaci Isihtwawina: This required course introduces students to Indigenous teachings and both historical and contemporary issues through sharing circles and other cultural practices.
  • Natural Resource Management Technology: Students complete fieldwork in a semi-remote setting and also get classroom and lab training.
  • Introduction to Construction Trades: This one-year program offers an introduction to plumbing, carpentry and electrical work. Students will gain the skills to make basic repairs or enter into an apprenticeship program.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Industrial Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Educational Assistant Certificate
  • Bachelor of Education

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