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, who is wrapping up six years as president and is also 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.” (James Currie will take over as interim president.)

Small class sizes help foster genuine connections between students and profs. The university is also committed to advancing reconciliation. Four 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  investment includes 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
History: Students can choose from courses on Indigenous history, Canadian history, art history and the history of medicine, as well as complete practicums, field courses and hands-on oral history training.
Geography: This program has degree options in both arts and sciences, and fields of study are divided into three groups: physical geography, cultural/human environment and geomatics. Field courses have taken students to places such as Puerto Vallarta and the Mojave Desert.
Human Rights: In this multidisciplinary program, students explore issues of human rights in a context defined by globalization. Local and international practicum options, as well as field trips, are available.

Cool Courses
History of the Roman Empire: Study key moments in the Roman Empire’s cultural, military and social history, including its expansion into Europe and the Near East.
Manitoba Food History Truck: In this field course, students create a digital story map or podcast exploring Manitoba’s history through food, from 1870 to now. Students conduct interviews and archival research to create a public history that they can potentially publish.

$5,484 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 55% · Science: 64% · Commerce: 59%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,000 ·
Part-time: 2,137
Graduates: Full-time: 139 · Part-time: 143
International Students: First-year: 10.3% ·
Graduate: 38%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 227 (170 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,910 to $10,910 · Single room without meals: $4,730 ·
Apartment-style: $5,814 to $10,022

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