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 75 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. Both campuses have a small-school feel; the student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1.
The new Barry and Flora Beckett Residence on the Saint John campus features larger-than-normal rooms and geothermal heating and cooling and is connected to the campus pedway system. The university places a strong focus on research. The 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.
There are six entrepreneurial centres, and there’s a focus on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking and mentorship. More than 100 start-ups have launched from the school in the past decade. “The University of New Brunswick is committed to tackling society’s great challenges head-on,” says president Paul Mazerolle. “[Students] leave our university as community leaders with the skills and knowledge to create positive change in our world.”
• Kinesiology: Beginning in first year, this program combines classroom learning with practical lab experience. Students tackle real-life tests such as muscle assessments and physiological capacity testing.
• Forestry and Environmental Management: Drawing on its location near dense forests, this program offers students practical experience, industry connections and mentorship, which can lead to summer and long-term employment.
• Health: Students complete core courses and then choose from one of three majors: society and health, management in health, or biomedical sciences and health.
• Urban Development and Sustainability: Students explore approaches and key concepts in local planning and sustainability, including action plans, business development and environmental challenges.
• Issues in Cyber Ethics: This course explores everything from net neutrality to cyberbullying and information warfare.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 75% · Commerce: 75% · Engineering: 75%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,221 · Part-time: 784
Graduates: Full-time: 1,137 · Part-time: 571
International Students: First-year: 9.6% · Graduate: 47.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 48 to 52
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 567 (1,661 last year; first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,941 to $8,659