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 1,600 students each year, many in international positions, while a database matchmaking tool called Yaffle connects students with researchers around the globe to work on projects such as shipwreck discovery and climate change. “We believe strongly that a key to unlocking our current and future potential for fostering entrepreneurship and innovation is to build a foundation that starts with our students from the moment they enter our doors,” says Gary Kachanoski, who is wrapping up 10 years as president. (Vianne Timmons will succeed him.)

The university offers more than 100 degree programs. The main campus is minutes from downtown St. John’s—a tunnel system comes in handy during the island’s notorious winters. St. John’s is also home to the Fisheries and Marine Institute and the new 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.

MUN attracts international students from more than 100 countries, as well as a large number of students from Ontario and the Maritimes who appreciate the friendly culture, inspiring landscape and average tuition that’s less than half what they might pay in some other provinces.

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Standout Programs
Environment and Sustainability: This Grenfell campus program combines social and natural science perspectives and looks at topics that range from renewable energy to environmental economics.
Ocean Mapping: This joint diploma program of technology/bachelor of technology trains students in marine surveying equipment, optical and acoustic remote sensing technologies, oceanographic instrumentation and geographic information systems.
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
Newfoundland and Labrador Wooden Boat Technology: Students build a small wooden boat while considering the effects of wooden boats on the province’s society and technological development.
Forbidden Books: Students examine the role of censorship on the production and reception of literature as they discuss texts banned by schools, libraries and governments.

$3,732 ($4,512 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 11,836 · Part-time: 1,736
Graduates: Full-time: 2,556 · Part-time: 1,278
International Students: First-year: 16% ·
Graduate: 54.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,432 (1,050 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,009 · Single room with meals: $9,015 to $10,297 · Single room without meals: $3,422 to $4,350 · Apartment-style: $3,906 to $4,816

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