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. Despite its size and research focus, UM prioritizes “an outstanding student experience,” says David Barnard, who is wrapping up 12 years as president. (Michael Benarroch will succeed him.) The university is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of Indigenous leaders by providing an inclusive learning environment that promotes Indigenous student success. UM is home to more than 2,600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
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 is home to the faculty of music, a new theatre and a new 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.
• Recreation Management and Community Development: Learn how recreation professionals can support community, cultural and social development. Courses also cover sport and event management, sustainable tourism and economic growth.
• Music: Students begin with academic and performance training and may then choose from three concentrations. Individual lessons in several instruments, as well as in voice and conducting, are also on offer.
• Environmental Design: Offered through the faculty of architecture, this multidisciplinary program provides a solid base for students who intend to pursue careers or graduate studies in architecture, city planning, interior design or landscape architecture.
• Shoal Lake 40 Design Studio: Architecture and engineering students collaborate with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to design and create a chosen project. Last year, students built a feasting pavilion.
• Sustainability Marketing: View marketing, and its impact on society, through a sustainability lens. Students also take part in a day-long leadership program.
$5,301 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts, Science: 85% direct entry; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program
Commerce: 90% or via University 1
Engineering: 85% or via University 1
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,324 · Part-time: 3,811
Graduates: Full-time: 3,099 · Part-time: 654
International Students: First-year: 9% · Graduate: 39.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 48 to 52
Residence Spaces: 1,176 (765 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,178 to $9,546 · Single room with meals: $9,370 to $11,698 · Apartment-style: $8,346