University of Manitoba

Founded 1877 | Winnipeg, MB

Choice is the buzzword at the University of Manitoba. Western Canada’s oldest university offers more than 100 programs, including some rare courses. Professional schools offer degrees in architecture, engineering, medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy.

“Manitoba’s research university provides a wide range of high-quality liberal arts, science and professional programs as well as work-integrated and experiential learning opportunities that equip our students to make meaningful contributions to their workplaces and communities,” says president Michael Benarroch. The university is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of Indigenous leaders by providing inclusive learning that promotes Indigenous student success. Home to more than 2,600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, UM offers specialized Indigenous programs, bursaries and scholarships established for Indigenous students, an annual graduation powwow and a new Indigenous student community space.

While the trademark Georgian-style architecture reminds students of the school’s history, the Active Living Centre welcomes visitors with its floor-to-ceiling windows. An extensive tunnel system links old and new buildings—handy during Winnipeg’s harsh winters. Construction is underway on the 400-seat Desautels Concert Hall. Scheduled to open this year, it will house a flexible performance space with state-of-the art acoustics.

Standout Programs

• Environmental Geoscience: This program combines studies in the earth sciences with training in how to address environmental issues triggered by resource development.

• Indigenous Studies: This multidisciplinary program covers the art, history, philosophy and governance of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Students can specialize with a minor in Indigenous languages, in either Anishinaabemowin or Cree.

• Nursing: Students get a strong foundation in theory as well as hands-on training applicable to real-world situations through lots of clinical practice, which includes working with patient simulation mannequins.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts, Science: 85% direct entry; students with less than 85% complete first year in University 1 program | Commerce: 89% or via University 1 | Engineering: 80% or via University 1

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,955 | Part-time: 4,457

Graduates: Full-time: 3,318 | Part-time: 613

International Students: First-year: 8.4% | Graduate: 40.5%

Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,176 (765 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,936 to $10,320

Single room with meals: $10,286 to $12,626

Apartment-style: $9,032

Cool Courses

• Medicinal and Hallucinogenic Plants: The course presents a survey through history of the medicinal use of plants, including poisonous ones, in various cultures.

• Food: Facts and Fallacies: Explores food production with a focus on technological developments, consumer concerns, food safety and nutritional trends.

Student Life on Campus

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