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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Est. 1925

About Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Memorial University of Newfoundland is a public university based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Established in 1925, Memorial University has six faculties in Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Science, and six Schools: Graduate Studies, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Kinetics, Recreation, and Social Work. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and has the lowest graduate programs tuition fee in Canada. Memorial University has more than 18,500 students on four campuses with nearly 85000 alumni students around the world. The University has more than 30 research centers and received more than $100 million in research funding in 2016-17.

Memorial University is ranked 1st in Canada for international graduate student services and is one of the top 20 research universities in Canada. Its faculties have been recognized with numerous awards and honors for their meaningful contributions to society. Memorial University ranks 7th in the Maclean’s magazine’s top comprehensive schools in 2019. In the Times Higher Education Memorial University ranks within the top 600 universities globally, with several subject areas in the top 500 for the year 2018.

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Memorial University has four main campuses and two satellite campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in two countries: Canada and England. Memorial’s main campus is located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. St. John’s is the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island in Newfoundland. As Canada’s 20th-largest census metropolitan area, St. John’s is the seat of government and is home to almost 40 percent of the province's population. St. John's buildings have a different style from the rest in Canada, and its major buildings are remains of its history as one of the first British colonial capitals. The downtown area of St. John's is its cultural hub and is a major tourist destination in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada as a whole. St. John's Water Street and Duckworth Street are known for their colorful low rise heritage buildings, housing numerous tourist shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, and shopping malls. Metro bus Transit is responsible for public transit and has a total of 19 routes and 53 buses. There are three main grocery stores in St. John’s, offering a variety of food, fresh produce, clothing, and household items. Wal-Mart and Costco are also popular destinations for its residents.


Memorial University has a number of buildings and other infrastructures on campus. The University has Libraries in 6 locations with specialized resources, skilled staff and librarians, and an incredible wealth of information. The University provides ICT services such as free Wi-Fi and Computer labs. of Memorial University has a number of academic buildings; the Arts and Administration building, Science building, Chemistry, and Physics building, Mathematics, Music, Education, Physical Education, and the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation. The University Centre is home to the food court, bookstore, campus bar called Breezeway, and the Campus radio station. The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden is one of a kind.

Residing Options

Memorial University students can choose to stay on or off-campus. The University provides on-campus housing at the St. John's campus in three residential complexes. The Paton College and Macpherson College are assigned to its Undergraduate students, while the Cabot Court in Burton's Pond Apartments is assigned to the University’s postgraduate students. On campus meal plan is compulsory for the undergraduate students and optional to the postgraduate students. The Paton College offers traditional dormitory-style accommodations for about 1000 students in nine residences, called "Houses”. Macpherson College consists of two halls: Shiwak Hall and Cluett Hall, which house 250 students each, and opened officially in 2013. The four "courts" of Burton's Pond apartments houses a total of 500 single students in four bedroom apartments, and provide a more independent lifestyle on campus. The Baltimore Court provides small family apartments for students with a family.


In St. John's, the summers are short and comfortable; while the winters are long, windy and freezing. Over the course of the year, the temperature usually varies from 19°F to 69°F and is rarely above 78°F or below 8°F.

Faculty and pedagogy

Memorial University has a faculty to student ratio of 1:16, comprising of 1,330 academic staff and 18,204 students of which 13,564 are undergraduates and 3,774 are Postgraduates. This faculty to student ratio is one of the best in Canada. The small classroom size provides the students with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and welcoming environment. The University has a total of 2,474 Administrative staff.

Financial aid

Memorial University offers a number of scholarships and grants to its students. These scholarships are regularly awarded to outstanding students who show leadership and excellence in both their academic and extra-curricular lives. The University’s Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Aid Office administer entrance and undergraduate scholarships, bursaries and awards; and processes loan documents for students from the US and from other Canadian provinces. The number of students applying for scholarship far outweighs the scholarships and grants available, and prospective students are strongly advised to carefully plan their budgets in advance to ensure they have sufficient funding.

Jobs and placements

Memorial University has nearly 85,000 alumni activities throughout the world. In the CWUR World University Rankings 2018-2019 Alumni Employment Rank, Memorial University was ranked 836. This means that graduates of Memorial University have a high chance of getting employed.

Crowd and campus life

At Memorial University, students interact with faculty, staff, and peers across campus, creating unique opportunities for learning. From the classrooms to the dining hall, from libraries to leadership programs, Memorial University presents numerous touch points with students. The University has facilities in place to ensure there is comfort in living. Students can get their daily utilities easily from the surrounding areas. The University provides catering services for its students in the form of meal plans. Memorial University has a large number of student clubs, and host many fun-filled events. In all, Campus life at Memorial University is quite interesting.


  • David Agnew - President, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, former Secretary of Cabinet, Government of Ontario
  • Gary Botting - Poet, playwright, lawyer, and legal scholar
  • Robert Gellately - Historian
  • Alan Haskvitz - Educator, National Teachers Hall of Fame, Reader's Digest Hero in Education
  • George Ivany - President, University of Saskatchewan


Memorial University is globally known for providing excellent education and research. As a public university, its fees are very affordable. The University provides a very conducive environment for learning and is definitely a great place to run a degree.

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