University of New Brunswick

Founded 1785 | Fredericton and Saint John, NB

The University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in the country. With campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, UNB offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate programs. Fredericton, home to the original campus, has more programs, including arts, business administration, computer science, education, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, science and law. Saint John offers arts, business, science, engineering and a medical program. Both campuses have a small-school feel; the student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. The new Barry and Flora Beckett Residence on the Saint John campus features larger-than-normal rooms and geothermal heating and cooling and is connected to the campus pedway system.

The university places a strong focus on research. The Planetary and Space Science Centre is home to Canada’s only NASA-designated Regional Planetary Image Facility, where the public can view mission documents and cartographical information. The Human Performance Lab is an innovative motion-analysis lab with state-of-the-art equipment. There are six entrepreneurial centres, and there’s a focus on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking and mentorship. More than 100 start-ups have launched from the school in the past decade.

“At the University of New Brunswick, we are responding to the many challenges of our time in ways that strengthen communities and improve lives,” says president Paul Mazerolle. “UNB students and alumni are working to shape a better world and a better future for all.”

Standout Programs

• Kinesiology: Beginning in first year, this program combines classroom learning with lab experience. Students tackle real-life tests such as muscle assessments and physiological capacity testing.

• Forestry and Environmental Management: Drawing on its location near dense forests, this program offers students practical experience, industry connections and mentorship; 95 per cent of forestry students have jobs by the time they graduate.

• Health: Students complete core courses and then choose from one of three majors: society and health, management in health, or biomedical sciences and health.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 65% · Science: 75% · Commerce: 75% · Engineering: 75%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 6,891 · Part-time: 824

Graduates: Full-time: 1,047 · Part-time: 590

International Students: First-year: 7.7% · Graduate: 43.5%

Male-Female Ratio: 47 to 53

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,927 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,910 to $11,148 · Single room with meals: $8,308 to $14,102 · Apartment-style: $6,178 to $8,962

Cool Courses

• Psychology of Happiness: Explore the individual characteristics and environmental factors that are associated with happiness.

• Entrepreneurial Resilience: Topics include mental wellness, self-care practices, finding resources and communication skills.

Student Life on Campus

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