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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, Sask. | Founded 1907


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In a province that has 41 per cent of Canada’s arable land, the University of Saskatchewan has traditionally been seen as a hotbed of agricultural research. But there’s much more on the go here: U of S has made a name for itself as the home of the Canadian Light Source—Canada’s national synchrotron research facility that can accelerate electrons close to the speed of light—and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, one of the world’s leading developers of vaccines and therapeutic technologies. The Health Sciences centre, opened in 2014, integrates eight fields of health sciences. “The array of programs, along with the quality of our research, our facilities and our faculty, gives our students the education they need to be successful in their chosen field,” says president Peter Stoicheff. Built on 750 hectares along the South Saskatchewan River, the campus is known for its beauty. Even new buildings display greystone facades that allow them to blend in with the older neo-Gothic structures. The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, designed by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, is an intercultural gathering place that helps connect Indigenous culture with the student body.

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Standout Programs
• Accounting: This program has a long history, granting its first degree in 1914. Key business issues are covered starting in first year; fourth-year students have the opportunity to participate in the Volunteer Tax Program, helping seniors and people with disabilities prepare their tax returns.
Animal Bioscience: With a strong focus on experiential learning, the program focuses on domestic animal biology, preparing students for fields outside traditional animal agriculture, such as animal pharmaceutical sales, biomedical science, equine care, animal health and environmental sciences; can also meet pre-veterinary requirements.
• Health Studies: Learn how health and wellness, including both physical and mental health, is understood within the context of society, culture and the environment. This is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts.

Cool Courses
• Rebels With a Cause: Students examine contemporary feminist art from the 1970s to today, looking at how women and female bodies are represented, and how art intersects feminist thought.
• Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Learn about the cultural, political and health issues surrounding Indigenous foods.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 80%
$6,504 (arts); $6,713 (science) 1st & 2nd year: 57.1
3rd & 4th year: 28
Undergraduates: 16,871
Graduates: 3,166
2,276 (1,388 reserved for first years) Graduation: 65.8%
Retention: 89.1%

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