University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba | Winnipeg, Man. | Founded 1877

University of Manitoba students on campus in the summer

Photo taken at the University of Manitoba on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Photo by Marianne Helm

Choice is the buzzword at the University of Manitoba. Western Canada’s oldest university offers more than 100 programs, including some rare courses. Professional schools offer degrees in architecture, engineering, medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy.

“Manitoba’s research university provides a wide range of high-quality liberal arts, science and professional programs as well as work-integrated and experiential learning opportunities that equip our students to make meaningful contributions to their workplaces and communities,” says president Michael Benarroch.

The university is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of Indigenous leaders by providing inclusive learning that promotes Indigenous student success. Home to more than 2,500 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, UM offers specialized Indigenous programs, more than $4.5 million in bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students and an annual graduation pow wow.

The university has produced almost 100 Rhodes Scholars—more than any other school west of Ontario. While the trademark Georgian-style architecture reminds students of the school’s history, the Active Living Centre welcomes visitors with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Taché Hall, a former residence, has been renovated and houses the faculty of music, a theatre and a student art gallery. For those worried about harsh Winnipeg winters, moving around campus is easy thanks to an extensive tunnel system linking both old and new buildings.

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Standout Programs
Film Studies: Working collaboratively, students create a feature-length film with cutting-edge production equipment. The program offers strong industry ties and work placements.
• Interdisciplinary Health Program: Students can pursue a bachelor in health sciences or health studies as they prepare for further education in areas such as medicine, dentistry and genetic counselling.
Agroecology: Students learn about economically sustainable agriculture production that conserves resources and maintains the integrity of ecosystems.

Cool Courses
Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Students consider health and workplace issues and the reasons behind the actions of governments, employees and workers.
Introductory Cree: This course, intended for students not fluent in Cree, emphasizes participation and speaking skills.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$5,466
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science: 85% direct entry; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program
Commerce: 89% or via University 1
Engineering: 85% or via University 1
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,897 · Part-time: 3,813
graduates: Full-time: 3,220 · Part-time: 631
International Students: First-year: 7.9% ·
Graduate: 39.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 48 to 52
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 506 (1,176 last year with 765 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $8,596

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