University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg | Winnipeg, Man. | Founded 1871

smiling Winnipeg students on campus

University of Winnipeg. (University of Winnipeg)

The University of Winnipeg’s downtown location helps shape 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. Annette Trimbee, the university’s president and an alumna, 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.”

The university offers small class sizes, which help foster genuine connections among students and profs. The university is also committed to advancing reconciliation. Three 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.

READ: Winnipeg through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
 Theatre and Film: This program draws students from across the country, providing courses in acting/performance, design, drama in education, filmmaking, playwriting, and production and stage management.
• Environmental Studies and Sciences: This program provides different perspectives to understand changes in the environment while acknowledging the impact of humans and providing a framework to develop solutions for environmental issues; subject areas include chemistry, forest ecology, issues in sustainability, and urban environments.
• Human Rights: In this multidisciplinary program, students explore issues of human rights in a context defined by globalization.

Cool Courses
 Trans Lit: This special topics course in women’s and gender studies is currently offered by three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and transgendered comedian Lara Rae, who used to be known as Al Rae, of Little Mosque on the Prairie fame.
• Manitoba Food History: Students cook a variety of foods related to their research and reading, including pico de gallo, kana’tarokhónwe (cornbread), Coronation chicken, beaver tails and poutine.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 58% · Science: 58% · Commerce: 63%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 6,838 ·
Part-time: 2,337
Graduates: Full-time: 134 · Part-time: 140
International Students: First-year: 5.3% ·
Graduate: 42%
Male-Female Ratio: 37 to 63
Residence Spaces
227 (170 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,584 to $10,684 · Single room with meals: $8,584 to $10,684 · Single room without meals: $4,518 · Apartment-style: $5,758 to $9,968

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