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, offers a larger number of 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 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. Another strong focus: hands-on learning and entrepreneurship. More than 100 startups 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.” The 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. 

Campus Buzz

International students can show off their skills and highlight their culture in the newly launched World of Talent annual competition. 

Standout Programs

• Social Work: Learn about community development, policy work, mental health and family intervention. The program includes an emphasis on diversity and Indigenous perspectives, and provides 700 hours of experiential education, including a 450-hour work term.

• 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.

• Kinesiology: This program, which offers a minor in ergonomics and a directed studies option, provides a balance of theory and practice. Students hone technical skills in state-of-the art labs and through work placements.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

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

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,165 | Part-time: 738

Graduates: Full-time: 1,469 | Part-time: 556

International Students: First-year: 14.4% | Graduate: 58.7%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,710 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Double: $7,374 to $9,422 | Single: $6,798 to $9,875 | Double with meals: $10,862 to $12,545 | Single with meals: $11,346 to $15,634 | Apartment-style: $7,152 to $12,070

Cool Courses

• Anthropology of Death: Considers variations and changes over time in how the dead are buried, feared and celebrated.

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

Student Life on Campus

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