Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, Sask. | Founded 1907

(Courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan)

(Courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan)

The University of Saskatchewan has traditionally been seen as a hotbed of agricultural research, but there’s much more on the go here, including leading research in areas of global importance, such as water and food security. USask has made a name for itself as the home of the Canadian Light Source—Canada’s national synchrotron research facility, which can accelerate electrons close to the speed of light—and VIDO, one of the world’s leading developers of vaccines and therapeutic technologies. VIDO is on track to double Canada’s capacity to work with the highest level risk group of pathogens, allowing for a rapid response to emerging infectious diseases.

The Health Sciences Building integrates eight fields of health sciences and is indicative of the interdisciplinary nature of study and research at USask. “Our students are welcomed into a problem-solving, entrepreneurial environment where their research, scholarly and artistic efforts have the power to affect real change,” says president Peter Stoicheff. Built on 750 hectares along the South Saskatchewan River, the campus is known for its beauty. The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is an intercultural gathering place that helps integrate Indigenous culture on campus. In 2020, USask opened a campus in Prince Albert to serve Indigenous and northern communities.

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Standout Programs
Environmental Geoscience: Study geological processes over time, as well as the effects of human activity (such as resource extraction) on the environment, and explore ways to minimize the impact.
Engineering: The program has been revamped to optimize the first-year experience with competency-based assessment and broader course content to better prepare students for upper-year classes.
• Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (Let Us Take Care of the Land): Examine the environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Indigenous communities. A certificate and two diploma programs are available.

Cool Courses
Indigenous Languages of Canada: Explore the properties of Indigenous languages, Western linguistic perspectives, as well as issues of forced assimilation, official bilingualism and language revitalization.
• Anthropology of Contagion and Infectious Disease: Critical Gender and Race Perspectives: Understand and critique cultural representations of major epidemic diseases such as HIV/AIDs.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,527
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 75% · Engineering: 80%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 17,083 · Part-time: 1,685
Graduates: Full-time: 3,000 · Part-time: 488
International Students: First-year: 7.5% · Graduate: 40.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,950 (350 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,250 · Apartment-style: $4,768 to $11,568

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