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 1,500 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.

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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.
• 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.

Cool Courses
• Marine Microbiology: An overview of ocean microbial activity; topics include water quality, bacterial metabolism and nutrient cycles.
Urban Legend and the Media: Explores the features and themes of urban legends in this expanding area of folk narrative research.

$3,709 ($4,489 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 11,709 · Part-time: 1,855
Graduates: Full-time: 2,533 · Part-time: 1,241
International Students: First-year: 11% · Graduate: 53%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Residence Spaces
2,000 (700 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,904 to $9,114 · Single room with meals: $9,414 to $11,020 · Single room without meals: $5,200 to $5,800 ·Apartment-style: $4,816 to $8,376

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