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 programs, 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, Métis 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 welcomes visitors with its floor-to-ceiling windows. 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.
• School of Art: Designed to hone students’ creative development. Students can pursue art history or studio classes in areas such as ceramics, graphic design and painting; field trips and workshops are available.
Global Political Economy: This interdisciplinary program draws on courses from five programs, including political studies, sociology and economics; students gain a deep understanding of the systemic roots of local and global social problems.

Cool Courses
• Environmental Technology: Gives environmental design students a greater understanding of the technological issues associated with design. Students learn to examine scientific principles and natural laws in the context of sustainable development.
• Introduction to Outdoor and Land-Based Recreation: Introduces students to Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, examining ways to build strong relationships with others, the land and the outdoors.

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: 86% or via University 1
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 20,937 · Part-time: 4,128
Graduates: Full-time: 3,056 · Part-time: 665
International Students: First-year: 8.8% · Graduate: 39%
Male-Female Ratio: 48 to 52
Residence Spaces
1,176 (765 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $6,844 to $9,224 · Single room with meals: $8,930 to $11,274 · Apartment-style: $7,948

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