Thumbnail Sketches

From studying icebergs at Memorial to coaching at Victoria, courses exist for all tastes

October 21 1991

Thumbnail Sketches

From studying icebergs at Memorial to coaching at Victoria, courses exist for all tastes

October 21 1991

Thumbnail Sketches

From studying icebergs at Memorial to coaching at Victoria, courses exist for all tastes

Among the 46 universities in the Maclean’s survey, each has a unique history, character and menu of activities. Thumbnail sketches of the 46 schools (with statistics taken mostly from the 1990-1991 school year) offer some clues to their strengths and style.


Wolfville, N.S. (1838). Full-time undergraduates, 3,395; part-time, 522; undergraduate residence beds, 1,684; tuition, $2,125; room and board, $3,905.

It offers one of the best studentteacher ratios in the country and features what president James Perkin calls “a beautiful campus in a rural setting” where students outnumber townspeople.


Edmonton (1906). Full-time undergraduates, 21,456; part-time, 3,110; undergraduate residence beds, 3,189; tuition, $1,229; room and board, $3,505.

The largest university in Western Canada, it boasts nine faculty members who have won teaching awards for excellence in the classroom.


Lennoxville, Que. (1843). Fulltime undergraduates, 1,617; part-time, 97; undergraduate residence beds, 510; tuition, $1,356; room and board, $4,100.

The largest class, according to principal Hugh Scott, is “never more than 50.” It draws widely from high schools throughout Canada.


Brandon, Man. (1899). Fulltime undergraduates, 1,530; part-time, 1,972; undergraduate residence beds, 510; tuition, $1,362; room and board, $3,584.

Offers what president Dennis Anderson calls “an environment where students are served and treated individually.” Home of the nation’s first university-level native studies program. Almost one-third of Brandon students are status Indians.


Vancouver (1908). Full-time undergraduates, 18,889; part-time, 4,018; undergraduate residence beds, 4,200; tuition, $1,680; room and board, $3,877.

Has the country’s largest residence population. Its unique Arts One program allows firstyear students to study a subject intensively through integrated courses, weekend retreats and small groups.


St. Catharines, Ont. (1964). Full-time undergraduates, 5,535; part-time, 4,033; undergraduate residence beds, 1,014; tuition, $1,760; room and board, $4,326.

President Terrence White says I that students get “a competitive

edge” from the lively exchanges of the seminar system used in most courses. Professors make a special effort to involve undergraduates in faculty research projects.


Calgary (1966). Full-time undergraduates, 16,279; part-time, 11,802; undergraduate residence beds, 1,168; tuition, $1,364; room and board, $3,465.

A partner in seven federal Networks of Centres of Excellence, including a space research facility. Athletic facilities are Olympic calibre, a legacy of the 1988 Winter Games.


Ottawa (1942). Full-time undergraduates, 13,104; part-time, 5,009; undergraduate residence beds, 1,148; tuition, $2,046; room and board, $4,226.

Strong journalism and public administration faculties take advantage of special access in the national capital. Celebrating its 50th year in 1992.


Montreal (1974). Full-time undergraduates, 11,832; part-time, 10,669; undergraduate residence beds, 250; tuition, $1,182; room and board, $2,884.

An amalgamation of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College, its two Montreal campuses put special emphasis on integrating part-time students. Strong reputation for exclusive communications studies program.


Halifax (1818). Full-time undergraduates, 7,504; part-time, 1,088; undergraduate residence

beds, 1,047; tuition, $1,770; room and board, $4,290.

Nineteen per cent of Dalhousie’s students are taking postgraduate degrees—the highest proportion of any Canadian university.


Guelph, Ont. (1964). Full-time undergraduates, 11,000; parttime, 2,878; undergraduate residence beds, 4,100; tuition, $1,816; room and board, $3,796.

Internationally renowned for its agriculture science and veterinary programs, Guelph has more on-campus residence beds per student than any other university in Ontario.


Thunder Bay, Ont. (1946). Fulltime undergraduates, 4,093; part-time, 1,999; undergraduate residence beds, 922; tuition, $1,638; room and board, $3,647.

“A university in and for the North,” according to president Robert Rosehart. Still, about half of the students come from southern Ontario. Specialties include nursing and education programs for natives, outdoor education, forestry, engineering and physical education.


Sudbury, Ont. (1960). Full-time undergraduates, 2,240; part-time, 105; undergraduate residence beds, 637; tuition, $1,639; room and board, $2,957.

Officially bilingual, the school has a separate student newspaper—and even a separate student government—for each language group. Although first known for its studies in mining engineering, it has become a

world leader in ecological recovery research.


Quebec City (1663). Full-time undergraduates, 20,366; parttime, 8,437; undergraduate residence beds, 2,300; tuition, $1,150; room, $1440; board, N/A.

The third-oldest university on the continent, it participates in 10 federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence, notably robotics and genetics. The only French university that offers agricultural and forestry sciences.


Lethbridge, Alta. (1967). Fulltime undergraduates, 3,538; part-time, 375; undergraduate residence beds, 504; tuition, $1,520; room and board, $3,160.

Offers a four-year degree in self-government and aboriginal economic development to native Canadians. “Academics who are not committed to teaching won’t make it,” says president Howard Tennant.


Winnipeg (1877). Full-time undergraduates, 12,728; part-time, 7,992; undergraduate residence beds, 1,160; tuition, $1,755; room and board, $3,851. Western Canada’s oldest university is home to the innovative Access Programs, which provide counselling, financial support and special classes to about 300 incoming mature students, many of whom never finished high school.


Montreal (1821). Full-time undergraduates, 13,962; part-time, 10,449; undergraduate residence beds, 1,364; tuition, $1,340; room and board, $4,983.

Has produced a Rhodes Scholar in each of the past 15 years—three McGill graduates have won Nobel Prizes in the same period. Its debating team won the 1991 World University Debating Championships.


Hamilton (1887). Full-time undergraduates, 11,245; part-time, 3,481; undergraduate residence beds, 2,765; tuition, $1,722; room and board, $3,825.

The only Canadian university to offer a combined arts and science degree (BA/B.SC). Earned an international reputation for its innovative medical training, which emphasizes bedside manner.


St. John’s, Nfld. (1925). Full-time undergraduates, 12,424; parttime 4,559; undergraduate residence beds, 1,725; tuition, $1,544; room and board, $3,000.

The largest university east of Montreal and Newfoundland’s only university, it is well known in marine biology, oceanography and ice formation studies.


Moncton, Edmunston and Shippagan, N.B. (1963). Fulltime undergraduates, 3,945; part-time, 3,053; undergraduate residence beds, 1,100; tuition, $1,820; room and board, $3,150.

New Brunswick’s only francophone university, and the largest in Canada outside of Quebec, Moncton’s social science and humanities faculties offer an extensive selection of courses—16 in all—in Acadian studies.


Montreal (1878). Full-time undergraduates, 20,423; part-time, 19,110; undergraduate residence beds, 1,178; tuition, $1,374; room, $1,304; board, N/A.

With about 40,000 fulland part-time students, it is the largest French-language university in North America. Rector Gilles Cloutier says that one major aim is “to remain, on a national scale, a privileged centre for basic research.”


Sackville, N.B. (1843). Full-time undergraduates, 1,979; part-time,

75; undergraduate residence beds, 1,147; tuition, $2,290; room and board, $4,990.

Small classes and rigorous admission standards have produced 41 Rhodes Scholars. Mount Allison faculty receive more research funding, per capita, than other small universities.


Halifax (1873). Full-time undergraduates, 1,995; part-time, 1,303; undergraduate residence beds, 457; tuition, $1,915; room and board, $3,754.

Once the only independent women’s university in the British Commonwealth, Mount Saint Vincent did not admit men until 1967. Women still make up 85 per cent of the student population.


Fredericton and Saint John (1785). Full-time undergraduates, 7,881; part-time, 2,428; total residence beds, 1,461; tuition, $1,975; room and board, $3,550.

Closely involved with the community through education, forestry, law and nursing programs, it also attracts a large number of out-ofprovince students.


Ottawa (1848). Full-time undergraduates, 12,858; part-time, 11,772; undergraduate residence beds, 2,100; tuition, $1,638; room and board, $5,540. Canada’s oldest and largest bilingual postsecondary institution, the University of Ottawa offers a French and an English version of almost every undergraduate course.


Charlottetown (1969). Full-time undergraduates, 2,600; part-time, 800; undergraduate residence beds, 400; tuition, $1,840; room and board, $3,707.

Canada’s youngest bachelor of science, Tony Lai of Charlottetown,

then age 14, graduated from the University of P.E.I. in 1986 with the top marks in his class. The veterinary school is funded proportionally by all four Atiantic provinces.


Montreal (1968). Full-time undergraduates, 15,257; part-time, 19,835; undergraduate residence beds, 0; tuition, $1,296; room and board, N/A.

A ubiquitous presence in Quebec higher education, it blankets the province with 11 “constituent universities.” Encourages pedagogical innovation and part-time students.


Kingston, Ont. (1841). Full-time undergraduates, 10,977; parttime, 4,229; undergraduate residence beds, 3,069; tuition, $1,638; room and board, $4,600.

Last year, nearly 85 per cent of the first-year class had an A average in their final highschool year—more than at any other Canadian university. Has strong undergraduate programs in political studies and the humanities.


Regina (1910). Full-time undergraduates, 6,816; part-time, 4,113; undergraduate residence beds, 619; tuition, $1,624; room, $1,482; board, N/A.

Active in native teaching through the affiliated Saskatchewan Indian Federated College. University specialties include computer science, journalism, education and systems engineering programs.


Pointe-de-l’Eglise, N.S. (1890). Full-time undergraduates, 333; part-time, 627; undergraduate residence beds, 360; tuition, $1,885; room and board, $3,933.

Nova Scotia’s only francophone postsecondary institution, it has residence space for all of

its students. It is also home to a research centre on the Acadian people.


Antigonish, N.S. (1853). Fulltime undergraduates, 2,593; part-time, 202; undergraduate residence beds, 1,525; tuition, $2,225; room and board, $4,300.

Since 1959, its Coach7 International Institute has drawn about 60 people from 23 developing countries to study leadership and development skills in the tradition of what has become known as “the Antigonish movement.” Keen extracurricular participation in sports and campus politics makes for a lively on-campus residential life.


Halifax (1802). Full-time undergraduates, 4,217; part-time, 906; undergraduate residence beds, 1,060; tuition, $1,950; room and board, $3,690.

President Kenneth Ozmon says that it is part of “the new breed of urban universities” fighting better-known “flagships” for resources and working closely with the local community.


Fredericton (1910). Full-time undergraduates, 1,496; part-time, 416; undergraduate residence beds, 430; tuition, $1,710; room and board, $3,320.

Although it is autonomous, it shares a library, along with athletic and student facilities, with the University of New Brunswick. Offers programs in education, social work and seniors studies.


Saskatoon (1907). Full-time undergraduates, 17,204; part-time, 745; undergraduate residence beds, 567; tuition, $1,897; room and board, $3,275.

More than three-quarters of Saskatchewan’s 2,000-acre campus is devoted to a university research farm. The university participates in six of the 15 fed-

eral Networks of Centres of Excellence, including ones in laser technology and bacterial diseases.


Sherbrooke, Que. (1954). Fulltime undergraduates, 13,920; part-time, 1,397; undergraduate residence spaces, 1,222; tuition, $1,382; room, $1,144; board, N/A.

Stresses faculty research and the sciences. Almost 4,000 students participate in alternating workstudy co-op programs.


Burnaby, B.C. (1963). Full-time undergraduates, 7,406; part-time, 7,145; total residence beds, 760; tuition, $1,650; room, $1,865; board, N/A.

Offers many co-op courses, including accounting and engineering science. Also operates the largest trimester school in English Canada, with interdisciplinary studies in communications, gerontology and criminology.


Toronto (1827). Full-time undergraduates, 32,453; part-time, 12,170; residence beds, 5,860; tuition, $1,640; room and board, $4,690.

With nine arts and science colleges and more than 300 programs, Canada’s largest university offers students a rich array of courses ranging from Arabic to zoology. It is also home to dozens of world-class research centres, such as the Banting Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies.


Peterborough, Ont. (1963). Fulltime undergraduates, 3,642; parttime, 1,775; total residence beds, 1,149; tuition, $1,639; room and board, $4,379.

Its Canadian and native studies programs are among the oldest such programs in the country. Features small-group teaching and residential col-

lege system. Generates its own hydroelectric power, with a station that meets about 50 per cent of the campus’s needs.


Sydney, N.S. (1974). Full-time undergraduates, 2,276; part-time, 965; undergraduate residence beds, 154; tuition, $2,074; room and board, $4,200.

Canada’s youngest university offers both university degrees and college-level diplomas. Its business administration program enables professionals to complete a bachelor’s degree in business while they continue to work.


Victoria (1902). Full-time undergraduates, 7,862; part-time, 4,802; undergraduate residence beds, 1,200; tuition, $1,729; room and board, $3,586.

Cultivating brawn and brain, the University of Victoria is home to the National Coaching Institute, as well as Canada’s only co-operative education programs in health information science, biochemistry and law.


Waterloo, Ont. (1957). Full-time undergraduates, 23,975; parttime, 8,420; undergraduate residence beds, 4,819; tuition, $1,640; room and board, $3,531.

Boasts the world’s largest program in co-operative education, in which some 10,000 students each year alternate semesters in the classroom with paid, practical experience in the workplace. Also has the largest number of math students in the Western world.


London, Ont. (1878). Full-time undergraduates, 16,119; parttime, 5,789; undergraduate residence beds, 3,574; tuition, $1,509; room and board, $4,315.

Between 1983 and 1990, more Ontario high-school students—in-

cluding 70 per cent of all privateschool students—applied to Western than to any other university in Canada. It is known internationally for its MBA program and for its work in brain surgery and organ transplants.

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Waterloo, Ont. (1911). Full-time undergraduates, 5,089; part-time, 2,833; undergraduate residence beds, 1,081; tuition, $1,637; room and board, $4,099.

More than 75 per cent of classes have fewer than 50 students. At least half of the students enter with an A average.


Windsor, Ont. (1857). Full-time undergraduates, 9,715; part-time, 4,849; undergraduate residence beds, 2,067; tuition, $1,922; room and board, $3,656.

Home to the internationally renowned Great Lakes Institute. Through an innovative agreement with Wayne State University in Detroit, Windsor students can take some courses at either institution.


Winnipeg (1877). Full-time undergraduate students, 2,521; part-time, 3,226; undergraduate residence beds, none; tuition, $1,295; room and board, N/A.

Its mandatory writing skills program for undergraduate students, initiated in 1989, has become a model for several universities across the country. The downtown campus also features the Institute of Urban Studies.


Toronto (1959). Full-time undergraduates, 21,467; part-time, 15,195; undergraduate residence beds, 2,206; tuition, $1,639; room and board, $3,798.

Seventy-three per cent of undergraduates are the first university students in their family, and 40 per cent come from nonEnglish-speaking homes. Among its best-known programs are fine arts, space science studies and law. □