University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, Sask. | Founded 1907

University of Saskatchewan Thorvaldson building

The Thorvaldson building, home of the airplane room were tradition dictates students throw paper airplanes at the roof in hopes of sticking for good luck. The University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. (Photograph by Nayan Sthankiya)

In a province with more than 40 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, including leading research in areas of global importance, such as water and food security. USask 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 VIDO-InterVac, one of the world’s leading developers of vaccines and therapeutic technologies. The Health Sciences Building integrates eight fields of health sciences and is indicative of the interdisciplinary nature of study and research at USask.

“Our students are welcomed into a problem-solving, entrepreneurial environment where their research, scholarly and artistic efforts have the power to affect real change,” says president Peter Stoicheff.

Built on 750 hectares along the South Saskatchewan River, the campus is known for its beauty. The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, designed by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, is an intercultural gathering place that helps integrate Indigenous culture on campus.

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Standout Programs
• Interactive Systems Design: This interdisciplinary program combines art, art history, psychology and computer science as students learn the basics of visual communication, human perception, and computing and programming to design next-generation games and interactive systems.
• Computer Science: This program studies the theory, design, development and application of software and software systems in a range of fields—from artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction to computational modelling and computer graphics.
• Environmental Engineering: Students learn the application of science and engineering principles for the protection and improvement of public health and the environment; offers small classes and a co-op program.

Cool Courses
• Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Introduces students to forms and diversities of Indigenous knowledge, with a focus on the relevance of local and traditional Indigenous knowledge to decolonization, environmental sustainability and self-governance.
• Game Mechanics: This course covers aspects of game graphics, physics, sound, input, artificial intelligence and networking at an introductory level.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 83% · Engineering: 85%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 16,378 · Part-time: 1,310
Graduates: Full-time: 2,904 · Part-time: 386
International Students: First-year: 3.3% ·
Graduate: 40.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Residence Spaces
2,276 (1,388 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,761 · Single room with meals: $9,713 · Apartment-style: $4,504 to $10,368

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