University of New Brunswick: Ranking, profile | Maclean's

University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick | Fredericton and Saint John, N.B. | Founded 1785

The University of New Brunswick.
The Student Union Building on the Fredericton campus

Founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, the University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in the country. With campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, UNB offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs. Fredericton, home to the original campus, has more programs, including arts, business administration, computer science, education, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, science and law. Saint John offers arts, business, science, engineering and a medical program. The campus in Fredericton sits on a steep hill overlooking the Saint John River, while the Saint John campus has a view of the Kennebecasis River. The university places a strong focus on research. UNB’s Planetary and Space Science Centre is home to Canada’s only NASA-designated Regional Planetary Image Facility, where the public can view mission documents and cartographical information. The Human Performance Lab is an innovative motion-analysis lab with state-of-the-art equipment, including a motion-capture system. With six entrepreneurial centres, there’s a focus on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking and mentorship. “Part of our focus on a transformative student experience,” says president Eddy Campbell, “is teaching students how to create opportunities for themselves and others. At UNB, students across all disciplines learn how to empower themselves through entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.”

READ: The inside scoop on life at UNB

Standout Programs
• Archaeology: Provides opportunities to test excavation techniques, ethical handling practices, analysis and field data recording; features a specialized bioarchaeology field course and work placements with government and private-sector projects.
Marine Biology: Offers a specialized marine semester—12 weeks of hands-on learning and research that exposes students to an array of marine organisms, including whales, seals, seabirds, fish and invertebrates.
• Engineering: The faculty offers seven undergraduate programs; a unique senior-year capstone course and the annual Engineering Design Symposium emphasize job-ready skills and connections to industry.

Cool Courses
• Discovering Ancient Civilizations: Examine the sites, monuments and artifacts of ancient civilizations, including Egypt and Rome.
• Earth Science and Society: An in-depth look at the societal issues related to earth science, including mine development and remediation, medical geology, and climate change and sea levels.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 75%
Commerce: 75%
$7,312 1st & 2nd year: 38.6
3rd & 4th year: 22.3
Undergraduates: 8,839
Graduates: 1,599
1,732 (first come, first served) Graduation: 78.3%
Retention: 79.6%

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