University of Saskatchewan

Founded 1907 | Saskatoon, SK

The University of Saskatchewan has traditionally been seen as a hotbed of agricultural research, but there’s much more on the go here, including leading research in areas of global importance, such as water and food security. USask has made a name for itself as the home of the Canadian Light Source—Canada’s national synchrotron research facility, which can accelerate electrons close to the speed of light—and VIDO, one of the world’s leading developers of vaccines and therapeutic technologies. VIDO is on track to double Canada’s capacity to work with the highest-level risk group of pathogens, allowing for a rapid response to emerging infectious diseases.

The Health Sciences Building integrates eight fields of health sciences and is indicative of the interdisciplinary nature of study and research at USask. “Our students are welcomed into a problem-solving, entrepreneurial environment where their research, scholarly and artistic efforts have the power to affect real change,” says president Peter Stoicheff. The campus, known for its beauty, is built on 750 hectares along the South Saskatchewan River. The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is an intercultural gathering place that helps integrate Indigenous culture on campus. In 2020, USask opened a campus in Prince Albert to serve Indigenous and northern communities.

Campus Buzz

Incoming students can now access expanded mental health support, thanks to additional funding for counsellors, group therapy and peer-health programming. 

Standout Programs

• Dentistry: The B.Sc. program in dental therapy, which students complete in six consecutive terms over two years, delivers direct instruction, practice with dental simulators, clinical experience with dental patients and a practicum placement. A dual-track doctor of dental medicine and MBA is designed to give graduating dentists business and management skills, useful in running a private practice.

• Food Industry Management: Students prepare for in-demand careers through training in food science, agri-food economics, food management practices and industry policies. The program offers experiential learning and internship possibilities.

• Environmental Geoscience: Students study geological processes over time, as well as the effects of human activity (such as resource extraction) on the environment, and explore ways to minimize the impact.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70% | Science: 70% | Commerce: 75% | Engineering: 75%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 17,163 | Part-time: 1,493

Graduates: Full-time: 3,037 | Part-time: 526

International Students: First-year: 7.8% | Graduate: 40.4%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,215 (400 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,186 | Single room with meals: $11,278 | Apartment-style: $5,368 to $13,504

Cool Courses

• Indigenous Women Feminism Politics and Resistance: Topics include Indigenous understandings of gender and kinship, settler colonial policy, law and criminalization, and politics and activism.

• Water Policy in an Age of Uncertainty: Examines the efficacy of governance and adaptation policies in maintaining healthy water systems in the face of climate change and human activities.

Student Life on Campus

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