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 emphasizes 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 connects students with researchers around the globe to work on projects such as shipwreck discovery and climate change. 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 winters. St. John’s is also home to the Fisheries and Marine Institute and the 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. A new Labrador campus will open this fall in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It will focus on northern Indigenous-led programming. Last year, the university opened the new $325-million Core Science Facility.

“It is a truly world-class facility for teaching and research that will improve the student experience, enhance recruitment and retention, and support the vigorous pursuit of new knowledge,” says president Vianne Timmons. The building’s atrium houses a magnificent 3,000-kg blue whale skeleton. MUN attracts students from more than 120 countries, as well as many 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
• Maritime Studies (Safety Management): This online program prepares students to manage health, environment, security and quality issues in maritime industries such as offshore oil and gas, and fishing.
• Music and Business Administration: This joint program allows students to develop their music skills while establishing the business knowledge to forge successful careers in the music industry.
• Criminology: In this multidisciplinary program, students study policing, carceral institutions and practices, and the social contexts in which they operate.

Cool Courses
• Business of Cannabis: Topics include growing cannabis, managing companies, hiring employees and selling products.
• Archaeological Frauds and Mysteries: Learn to apply scientific methods to discern facts from myths about Big Foot, aliens and others. 

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$3,764 ($4,544 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,221 · Part-time: 1,977
Graduates: Full-time: 2,718 · Part-time: 1,256
International Students: First-year: 16% · Graduate: 55.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,330 (1,025 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room: $3,422 to $3,642 · Double room with meals: $9,304 to $10,592 · Single room with meals: $9,814 to $10,592 · Apartment-style: $3,906 to $4,816

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