New Brunswick, Canada
The University of New Brunswick (popularly known as UNB) is a public university located in two primary campuses of New Brunswick, Canada: Fredericton and Saint John. It is the oldest English language university in Canada. In addition to these two campuses, they have two satellite campuses in New Brunswick, and two offices in the Caribbean and in Beijing. They offer 75 programs to choose from such as Bachelor of Science (one of the few teaching marine biology), creative writing, Computer Science, Forestry, Geology, Engineering, etc. Its Faculty of Business Administration is known to provide a launchpad to innovative startups brought up by students of the university (23 startups in 2015). This university is also known to have produced many poets like Sir Charles Roberts and Bliss Carman, that the Fredericton city is also nicknamed as Poet's Corner.
Fredericton is small and cozy and has a crowd of incredibly polite people. There’s much happening on the campus but apart from a few Jazz and Blues fest, there are not many events happening in the city. To overcome its downside, the campus is nicely located because 7-hour drive from Boston, 3-hour drive from Halifax, maybe 4–5 hour from Quebec, and 1-hour from Montréal. The Saint John campus is in the small, port city of Saint John. It is home to Canada’s biggest national park. Most residents speak English, a few speak French. This one is a little inconvenient for students as it is outside the main city area.
Located in Fredericton and Saint John areas of New Brunswick, UNB provides a diverse experience to its students. The Fredericton campus is situated on a hill, overlooking the Saint John River. This campus is known for its colorful outlook and Georgian style buildings. Few of the buildings on campus were designed by the famous architect: Ernest Fairweather in the early 90s: the Old Civil Engineering Building and Gymnasium. The Convocation Hall was also designed by another famous architect. The campus has a War Memorial and a Centre for the Study of War and Society. The Old Arts Building and an Observatory on campus are two of the buildings recognized as the National Historic Sites.
The St. John Campus, located in Tucker Park, several kilometers from the city's business center, this one is comparatively smaller. It has the view of Kennebecasis River and Grand Bay. A subject of novelty is the Hans W. Klohn Commons here, which is Canada's most environment-friendly building. It is also home to New Brunswick's largest hospital and a medical school. Both campuses have world-class athletic facilities such as fitness classes and outdoor activities such as kayaking.
A noteworthy difference between the Fredericton campus and the Saint John campus is that most students in the former live on-campus while the latter is more of a commuter campus. Saint John is in a rather remote location and hence one can't live near the campus. There are 13 available residences in Fredericton and 2 in St. John. A few years back, one of the residences at Fredericton was chosen as one of the most partying halls of North America.
New Brunswick has a typically continental weather with warm summers and very cold winters. July is the warmest month with the average temperature being 22-degree Celsius while January is the coldest month with minus 7.5-degree Celsius. The campus becomes incredibly beautiful in Fall when the leaves start to change colours. Summer and autumn are beautiful.
Faculty to student ratio is 1:16 and class sizes are generally small. UNB is top tier in Forestry and Engineering faculties. Even the liberal arts studies are taken with a practical approach. The course on “Venture Start-Up & Entrepreneurship” is really good and recommended. There are co-ops available for bachelor programs. Popular faculties are Martin Wielmaker (Entrepreneurship), Valarie Reeves (Chemistry), Sean Kennedy (History), and Michael Fleming (Computer Science).
Officially, UNB offers over five million scholarships each year. The scholarships are given here according to departments. For example, the computer science department gives Sasi Mohan Pal Memorial Prize, Colin Ware Prize in Computer Science; while the Mechanical Engineering department offers James Venart Graduate Prize. There are various travel awards available to students who travel for research during studies. International students should contact the admissions office for specific details.
An average software developer would make around C$55,000 while a business analyst would make about C$47,300. The highest amount can be fetched by an engineering project manager about C$80,000. Even when these are average figures, the overall salaries may be lower. One must speak to the alumni and college authorities to check the actual figures of particular programs. Popular employers are JD Irving Limited, Mariner Partners, Diamond Municipal Solutions, etc.
If you are a large city person or like large cities more, you may find University of New Brunswick a little isolated. Education may not the best in all courses. One should check for the flagship and better-ranked courses before applying. Most students are not going to big companies.
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