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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba | Winnipeg, Man. | Founded 1877


University of Manitoba Students

Choice is the buzzword at Manitoba. Western Canada’s oldest university offers more than 100 degrees, including some rare courses. Professional schools offer degrees in architecture, engineering, medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy. Despite its size and research focus, Manitoba prioritizes “an outstanding student experience,” says president David Barnard. Manitoba is committed to improving access and support for Indigenous students through its Pathways to Indigenous Achievement plan. The university is home to more than 2,400 First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. Manitoba has also produced almost 100 Rhodes Scholars—more than any other school west of Ontario. Notable grads include Marshall McLuhan and author Miriam Toews. While the trademark Georgian-style architecture reminds students of the school’s history, the Active Living Centre, which opened in 2015, welcomes visitors with its transparent curtain wall. Taché Hall, a former residence, has been renovated and is home to the faculty of music and a new theatre. And, 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
Environmental Design: Offered through the faculty of architecture, this multidisciplinary program provides a solid base for students intending to pursue careers or graduate studies in architecture, city planning, interior design or landscape architecture.
• Pharmacy: This program is considered one of the strongest in the country—students perform very well on the national licensing exams. Class sizes are small, and experiential learning opportunities include service learning and hospital and community rotations.
• Global Political Economy: This interdisciplinary program draws on courses from five disciplines, including economics, anthropology and political studies. It prepares students to take action on daunting political and economic challenges facing the world.

Cool Courses
• Advanced Film Production: In this course, offered by the department of English, film and theatre, students produce a feature-length film based on an adapted screenplay. Roles are available in areas such as directing, filming, art and production.
• Indigenous Games and Activities: Learn the social, cultural, environmental and historical approaches to traditional Indigenous games in this kinesiology course.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts, Science: 85% direct entry; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program
Commerce: 86% or via University 1; Engineering: 88% or via University 1
$4,780 (arts); $5,286 (science) 1st & 2nd year: 63.8
3rd & 4th year: 25.5
Undergraduates: 25,460
Graduates: 3,800
1,176 (765 reserved for first years) Graduation: 62.8%
Retention: 85.8%

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