Memorial University of Newfoundland

Founded 1925 | St. John's, NL

Memorial offers more than 300 degree, diploma, certificate and graduate programs. The main campus is minutes from downtown St. John’s with a tunnel system that keeps students warm during the island’s winters. St. John’s is also home to the Fisheries and Marine Institute and the Signal Hill campus, which focuses on public engagement and innovation. The Grenfell campus, in Corner Brook, is known for its fine arts and environmental policy programs, and a small campus is maintained in Harlow, England. The Labrador Institute in Happy Valley–Goose Bay became one of the school’s campuses in 2022, offering academic programs and creating a centre for northern and Indigenous-led research and education. In 2021, the university opened a $325-million Core Science Facility for use by the faculty of science and faculty of applied science and engineering, as well as for community partnerships.

In 2023, the Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping Initiative, co-led by Memorial and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada, received a $91-million federal research grant to help address Inuit shipping priorities, promote the safety of ships operating in the Arctic and protect those environments.

“At Memorial University, we foster curiosity, creativity and critical inquiry to help create a fair, just and equitable world,” says president Neil Bose. “Being on the edge of Canada instills ingenuity and resilience in our academic community.” The school’s co-op program places more than 1,500 students each year, many in international positions, while a database matchmaking tool connects students with researchers around the globe.

Campus Buzz

In preparation for the 2025 Canada Games, several sporting facilities on or near campus are being built or renovated. The campus will also serve as the site of the athlete’s village for the games. 

Standout Programs

• Modern Language Studies: Students focus on a modern language of their choice but are also exposed to other languages and linguistic courses, and have options for immersion and experiential learning.

• Human Biosciences: This program draws on courses in biochemistry, nutrition, pharmacology and toxicology, with a range of electives. Research projects can focus on a number of areas, including lab-based research or business projects.

• Law and Public Policy: Students build skills in areas such as legal reasoning, governance, public administration, statistics and data gathering, as well as learning about topical policy issues.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70% | Science: 70% | Business: 70% | Engineering: 70%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,190 | Part-time: 1,734

Graduates: Full-time: 3,118 | Part-time: 1,222

International Students: First-year: 13% | Graduate: 62%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,220 (1,025 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room: $3,422 to $3,702 | Double room with meals: $9,834 | Single room with meals: $10,344 to $11,122 | Apartment-style: $3,906 to $5,800

Cool Courses

• Introduction to Comics: Explores the relationship between word and image, particularly in the graphic narrative.

• Women and Science: Examines perspectives on gender and science as well as the contributions of women scientists, particularly Canadians.

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