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.

Last year, the university received its highest ever amount of research funding—$231 million—which will support research in every discipline. 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 newly opened 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 Desautels Concert Hall. Scheduled to open next year, it will house a flexible performance space with state-of-the art acoustics.

Standout Programs

• Respiratory Therapy: Students in this entry-to-practice degree get extensive practical experience through patient care, simulation labs and clinical fieldwork.

• Environmental Studies: This interdisciplinary program focuses on the legal, political and social aspects of environmental issues. Opportunities for experiential learning exist in field courses and co-op.

• Computer Engineering: Core courses combined with co-op work experience teach students how to develop innovative products and solutions for the real world

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: 22,140 · Part-time: 4,381

Graduates: Full-time: 3,174 · Part-time: 621

International Students: First-year: 7.1% · Graduate: 37.6%

Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53

Housing Facts

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

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,674 to $10,146 · Single room with meals: $9,978 to $12,406 · Apartment-style: $8,768

Cool Courses

• Indigenous Issues in Food Systems: Explore how relationships between Indigenous people, the land and settlers affect current health, nutrition and agriculture.

• Parks and Protected Areas Planning and Management: The course includes a field trip to Banff National Park to study management issues and emerging trends.

Student Life on Campus

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