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Memorial University of Newfoundland

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

Sunrise overlooking Memorial University. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson)

Memorial puts a strong emphasis on learning by doing. The school’s co-op program places more than 1,500 students each year, many in international positions, while a database matchmaking tool called Yaffle connects them with researchers around the globe to work on projects such as shipwreck discovery and climate change. “The ocean has given us endless opportunities,” says president Gary Kachanoski, pointing to industries from fisheries to oil and gas. “Memorial is setting the standard for education, training, innovation and research in cold oceans and harsh environment engineering,” he adds. The university offers an M.B.A. in social enterprise and entrepreneurship, a program that specifically focuses on sustainable and socially conscious business practices. The main campus is minutes from downtown St. John’s—a tunnel system comes in handy during the island’s notorious winters. A second campus in St. John’s houses the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The Grenfell Campus, 700 km away in Corner Brook, is known for its fine arts and environmental policy programs. A fourth campus is maintained in Harlow, England. While MUN is far-flung for most Canadians, it attracts a surprisingly large number of out-of-province students from Ontario and the Maritimes, who appreciate the friendly culture, inspiring landscape and, best of all, average tuition that’s less than half what they might pay in some other provinces.

READ: The inside scoop on life at Memorial

Standout Programs
Ocean Mapping: This joint diploma of technology/bachelor of technology trains students with marine surveying equipment, optical and acoustic remote sensing technologies, oceanographic instrumentation and geographic information systems.
• International Bachelor of Arts: Designed to offer students a global perspective; students take international studies and language classes and are required to spend time outside Canada, through studying abroad or doing an international work placement.
Creative Writing: This program helps students hone their craft and find their voice; coursework is supplemented with readings, special lectures and events.

Cool Courses
• Community and Regional Development and Planning: This collaboration between MUN and the City of Corner Brook gives students a chance to develop and propose a solution to a real-world municipal challenge.
• Women and Politics: This course explores the role of gender in politics, with an emphasis on the relationship between gender and political behaviour.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 70%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
$3,073 1st & 2nd year: 44.2
3rd & 4th year: 23.7
Undergraduates: 13,894
Graduates: 3,687
2,000 (700 reserved for first-years) Graduation: 60.9%
Retention: 74.2%

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