UWinnipeg Fast Facts

About UWinnipeg


The University of Winnipeg received its charter in 1967 but its roots date back more than 145 years. The founding colleges were Manitoba College (1871), and Wesley College (1888), which merged to form United College in 1938.

UWinnipeg is noted for academic excellence, Indigenous scholarship, environmental commitment, small class sizes and campus diversity. UWinnipeg also offers a number of unique Master degree programs. UWinnipeg is committed to improving access to post-secondary education for all individuals, especially those from non-traditional communities, and has created an innovative Opportunity Fund to assist students who are under-represented attend UWinnipeg. In the past decade, UWinnipeg has expanded its campus by 35% and student enrollment has increased by more than 50%. 

Lux et Veritas Floreant - Let Light and Truth Flourish.

STUDENT STATS for Fall Term (As of September 6, 2016). *final enrolment numbers available November 2016

Total international students: 622 

Undergrad Students:  9, 055
Graduate Students:        232

Total student body:   9,287

12% of first year undergraduate students self-identify as Indigenous, one of the strongest Indigenous participation rates among Canadian universities


UWinnipeg faculty - approx. 351

Collegiate faculty - approx. 34

Support staff and administration - 454

Temporary/casual staff: approx. 542

  • Undergraduate Degrees: Arts, Business & Economics, Science, Education, Theology, Kinesiology
  • Master's Degrees:
            Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance
            Master of Science in Applied Computer Science and Society
            Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy
            Master of Arts in English with a Focus in Cultural Studies
            Master of Arts in Theology (Bible and Culture)
            Master of Marriage and Family Therapy M.M.F.T
            Master's of Development Practice - Indigenous Development 
            Masters in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices
            Masters in Management: Technoloy, Innovation and Operations (new for fall 2017)

    Please note that the Master of Divinity, the Master of Sacred Theology, and the Master of Arts in Spiritual Disciplines and Ministry Practices programs are not accepting new students
  • Joint Master's Programs with the University of Manitoba: History, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Joint & Applied Programs with Red River College: Administrative Studies, Child Development & Child Care, Communications, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry, Applied Environmental Studies, Business Teacher Education, Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher Education, Aboriginal Language Stream Program, and Vocational Teacher Education Program
  • Joint & Applied Programs with Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology: Network Security Diploma


Total Collegiate Students: 415 students (Sept 2016)
The Collegiate at The University of Winnipeg is one of Canada’s only on-site high school. The Collegiate offers Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 programs.

Within the Collegiate, the Model School educates between 30 and 40 inner city students annually who receive individualized work plans and financial and academic supports to ensure their success.


The primary goal of UWinnipeg' s Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) area is to offer programming that reflects the needs of industry and prepare graduates for high-growth careers. PACE offers a wide range of full and part-time courses, programs, certificates, and diplomas in the areas of management, project management, human resources, finance, public relations, marketing, gaming, IT Security, education, and customized training. For non-traditional learners, PACE provides a way to gain entrance into a UWinnpeg degree program. For those that already possess a degree, transfer credits can be applied to a PACE program, which can add a finishing credential to your degree. Approximately 2,650 students take PACE classes annually (150 full time, 2,500 part time).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM -The ELP program has approximately  212 students enrolled

TUITIONTuition fees for 2016-2017


Each year the University distributes just under $2 million dollars to new and returning students. Entrance scholarships range in value from $100 - $24,000 each. The University of Winnipeg guarantees scholarships to students with an entrance average of 80 per cent or higher. Nearly one-half of all entrants receive an award.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarship honours students who are descendants of survivors of residential schools or who themselves are residential school survivors. Two awards of $5,000 are made annually, one each to a female and a male student. Application forms are available from Student Services.


Unique among Canadian universities, our goal is to create a $10 million endowment fund that will ensure everyone, regardless of socio-economic background, has access to higher education. The fund specifically supports Indigenous students, young people from war-affected areas and refugee populations and students from inner-city neighbourhoods. In 2012 we created a Tuition Waiver program to support youth transitioning out of foster care, a program that has been replicated across the country. Approximately 30 students are attending UWinnipeg under the program and several have now graduated with degrees. 

As of October 2015, the Opportunity Fund has raised $3.7 million, and 1,865 fast-track bursaries have been awarded to students in financial need, supporting more than 250 graduates to date. 

Overall, the University of Winnipeg family of alumni has 31 Rhodes Scholars within its distinguished membership.



UWinnipeg currently has five Canada Research Chairs:

UWinnipeg offers unique research opportunities to undergraduates—many participate directly in research, either on their own or in close collaboration with faculty, a privilege usually reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. Often these students are listed as co-authors on publications and conference presentations. Departments at UWinnipeg employ undergraduate students as markers, lab demonstrators, and tutors. Hired routinely to assist professors with research, students gain practical experience, broadening their learning experience immensely.

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STUDENT HOUSING - Meal plans available.
UWinnipeg student residences are close to the campus and offer several options to fit your housing needs. UWinnipeg opened McFeetors Hall:Great-West Life Student Residence in the the Fall of 2009 located on the new Furby/Langside Campus which includes family-friendly apartments. Downtown Commons, a 14 storey apartment complex next to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is slated to open in late summer 2016 offering students more choices.

Balmoral and Spence Houses are located within 5 minutes from campus. These houses are beautifully refurbished and provide students with accommodations that feel much more like a home than a dorm.Lions Manor Dorm Rooms are located within a 10-minute walk from campus. They offer a unique student housing option.

Lions Manor Furnished Bachelor Suites are a new addition to University of Winnipeg's student housing which offer students extra space.Lions Manor Unfurnished Bachelor Suites are also available. This allows students the option to furnish their suite to their own tastes. Lastly there is Lions Manor Unfurnished One Bedroom Suites which give students their own apartment with a separate bedroom in Lions Manor. 

The University of Winnipeg has both men'’s and women’'s volleyball, basketball, soccer and wrestling teams— as well as men's baseball. As well UWinnipeg supports numerous inner city youth teams within the Wesmen family through assertive fundraising and community partnerships.


  • The Aboriginal Student Services Centre represents all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Elders, Aboriginal Student Advisors, and Liaison officers are all available on-site for mentorship, academic and social support, and counselling. A new 3,000 square foot facility was created for the ASSC in Fall 2004. The new centre is the University’s focal point for culturally relevant Aboriginal programming including interactions with Elders, healing circles, and programs that encourage students to celebrate their identity.
  • International Students Services at UWinnipeg offers a variety of services — including orientation, socio-cultural events and a mentorship program — to international students.
  • Accessibility Services and the Accessibility Resource Centre offers adaptive equipment and services for students with special needs or disabilities
  • On-site daycare centre
  • Free tutoring in writing, math, chemistry, physics, and computer skills
  • Career planning and job search assistance

The University’ has more than 47,000 alumni who contribute to the community through politics, law, medicine, business, theology, the arts, and athletics throughout Canada and around the world. Some of our most notable grads include:  (see more detailed list here).

Effective September 2014:

UWinnipeg graduates - 47,518
Collegiate graduates   - 16,912
PACE graduates        -  4,172

  • Dr. Annette Trimbee, current President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg
  • The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, P.C, O.C., O.M., former President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Len Cariou, O.M., Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated stage, film and television actor
  • Hon. Kevin Chief, Manitoba Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities
  • Eleanor Coopsammy, CTV Winnipeg Morning Show host
  • Hilary Druxman, Jewelry designer
  • Linda Holeman, Author
  • Tina Keeper, Actress, producer, and former Member of Parliament for Churchill, Manitoba
  • Wab Kinew, Award-winning journalist and Member of the Manitoba Legislature (Collegiate)
  • Chantal Kreviazuk, Singer and songwriter (Collegiate)
  • Troy Lulashnyk, Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Guy Maddin, C.M., O.M., Filmmaker
  • Shannon Martin, Global News anchor
  • Diane McGifford, former Provincial Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy
  • Cheryl McKenzie, Gemini Award-nominated journalist, host and producer of APTN National News
  • Donald John Roberts, Professor of Economics, Strategic Management, and International Business in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and award-winning author
  • Paul Samyn, Editor, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Susan Thompson, former Mayor of Winnipeg, former Consul General to the US, based in Minneapolis, and former President and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation (Collegiate)