University of Manitoba

Founded 1877 | Winnipeg, MB

Western Canada’s oldest university offers more than 100 programs, including some rare courses, like design of assistive technology devices and decolonizing and Indigenizing engineering education. 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, the U of M 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 school’s state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot Active Living Centre welcomes visitors with its floor-to-ceiling windows. An extensive tunnel system links old and new buildings, keeping students warm during Winnipeg’s harsh winters. Construction is underway on the 407-seat Desautels Concert Hall. Scheduled to open in September of 2024, it will house a flexible performance space with state-of-the art acoustics.

Campus Buzz

Students can drop in at the new Student Wellness Centre for wellness consultations, referrals and help navigating mental health services, a resource library and a calm space to recharge. 

Standout Programs

• Commerce: A new curriculum reflects the evolving business landscape, with courses in sustainability and analytics, as well as a core course on the history and contemporary dynamics of Indigenous business in Canada.

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

• 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: 70% | Science: 80% | Commerce: 89% | Engineering: 80%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,645 | Part-time: 3,599

Graduates: Full-time: 3,330 | Part-time: 584

International Students: First-year: 12% | Graduate: 41.4%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,176 (823 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,224 to $10,714 | Single room with meals: $11,620 to $13,066 | Apartment-style: $9,302

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.

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