The University of Winnipeg’s downtown location defines its identity. Proudly devoted to serving the local community, the school has long been reaching out to those around it, working to adapt its offerings to shifting urban demographics. Winnipeg is now focused on addressing the educational needs of swelling Indigenous and immigrant communities. Annette Trimbee, the university’s president and an alumnus, says: “I came to this school with the help of a scholarship, even though I came from a family that didn’t have much experience with university. I’m so proud U of W continues to find ways to make sure education is accessible to everyone, regardless of background and socio-economic status.” Two years ago, the university mandated an Indigenous course requirement for all undergraduate degrees, one of the first universities in Canada to do so, ensuring that students have a baseline knowledge of Indigenous people and culture. Over the past decade, the university has invested $217 million in expansions and renovations. This includes several new buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms and learning spaces, a science and environment building, and an athletic complex. In 2018, the department of urban and inner-city studies will move to a new home in a mixed-use housing and educational project in Winnipeg’s North End.
• Education: The program has a focus on urban, inner-city education, and students can participate in community outreach projects and faculty research.
• Chemistry: Options include degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as a four-year B.Sc. in applied chemistry, a partnership with Red River College. The curriculum ensures students are taught the principles of sustainable “green” chemistry.
• Indigenous Studies and Governance: One of Canada’s few B.A.s entirely focused on Indigenous issues. There are opportunities to pursue a double major, combining Indigenous studies with criminal justice or politics.
• Indigenous Women and Resilience: Learn about the contributions Indigenous women have made in North America, their resilience, and how stereotypes have affected the law and Indigenous rights in Canada and beyond.
• Japanese Civilization: Taught as an intensive summer course, students travel to Doshisha University in Kyoto to learn about Japan’s culture and language.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$4,897 (arts); $5,412 (science)||1st & 2nd year: 36.6
3rd & 4th year: 18.4
|348 (265 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 44.7%