Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Latin: Universitas Memorailis Terrae Novae
Motto Provehito In Altum (Latin)
Motto in English "Launch forth into the deep"
Established 1925
Type Public
Religious affiliation Non-denominational
Endowment $62 million[1]
Chancellor Rick Hillier
President Dr. Gary Kachanoski
Academic staff 1,144 full-time
850 sessional
Undergraduates 14,941[2]
Postgraduates 2,582[2]
Location St. John's, NL, Canada
47°34′19″N 52°43′58″W / 47.57203°N 52.73265°W / 47.57203; -52.73265Coordinates: 47°34′19″N 52°43′58″W / 47.57203°N 52.73265°W / 47.57203; -52.73265
Campus Urban
Main: 279 acres (113 ha)
Grenfell: 185 acres (75 ha)
Harlow: 25 acres (10 ha)
Former names Memorial University College
Nickname Sea-Hawks
Mascot Sammy The Seahawk
Affiliations ACU, AUCC, AUS, CARL‎, CIS, CVU, CUSID, UArctic, ATS, CBIE, CUP.
University logo

Memorial University of Newfoundland, (colloquially known as Memorial University or "MUN") is a comprehensive university located primarily in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

With historical strengths in engineering, business, geology, and medicine, it is one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada.[3] With over 17,500 students, it is also the largest university in Atlantic Canada.[4] MUN's four main campuses are served by more than 900 faculty and 2,300 staff members. Memorial University of Newfoundland has been featured in the SJTU World university rankings, the TOP 500 and many other rankings.



MUN has four main campuses and two satellite campuses across three regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in two countries (Canada and England). The main campus in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is split by Prince Philip Drive where the northern section is bounded by Pippy Park, and the southern section is largely surrounded by residential areas.

St. John's campus

The largest campus is located in St. John's. Prince Philip Drive runs east-west through the main campus, with Westerland Road bordering it to the west, Elizabeth Avenue to the south and Allandale Road to the east. The majority of the academic buildings are located south of Prince Philip Drive; the Arts and Administration building, Science building, Chemistry and Physics, Mathematics, Music, Education, Physical Education and the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation.

The Queen Elizabeth II Library, also located south of the Parkway, contains 1,058,500 monographs, 93,900 maps, 13,600 audio-visual titles and over 9,000 journal titles. The Commons, located on the main floor of the library, has computers available for use by students as well as a Digital Media Centre. The University Centre is home to the food court, bookstore, campus bar ("Breezeway"), and the CHMR-FM campus radio station.

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is a marine polytechnic institution located on Ridge Road in St. John's within Pippy Park, north of the city. It has unique facilities such as a full ships bridge simulator and the worlds largest flume tank. It offers degrees, diplomas, certifications and industry training for the maritime sector.

Grenfell Campus

See Main Article on Grenfell Campus for more information.

The Grenfell Campus is a 185-acre (75 ha) site in Corner Brook. It has approximately 1400 students, 156 faculty, 235 staff and offers programs in the Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Science, Resource Management and Nursing.

It had been referred to as Sir Wilfred Grenfell College until September 10, 2010.


The Harlow Campus, located in Old Harlow, Essex, England consists of the Maltings, which can accommodate 30 students and Cabot House which can accommodate 10 students. A former schoolhouse and a teacher's cottage have been converted into a lecture facility and an apartment and a former shop has been converted into apartments. Memorial's Harlow Campus is not a school unto itself. Rather, professional schools and academic departments at Memorial use the Harlow Campus to deliver special programs. Harlow offers courses in Biology, Business, Drama & Performance, English Cultural Landscape, Fine Arts (both Theatre and Visual Arts), Faith, Love & Lore and History & Political Science.

Students and campus housing

Burton's Pond apartments at night

There are over 17,000 students currently enrolled in full and part time studies at MUN. This number includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 85% of students are from Newfoundland and Labrador. The most popular programs include Engineering, Business Administration, Nursing, Education, English, Folklore, French, History, Biology, Biochemistry, and Psychology. The university has an international reputation in a variety of disciplines. In particular, it is well recognized as having one of the top folklore departments in the world.

The department of Housing, Food and Conference Services provides on campus housing at the St. John's campus in two residential complexes; Paton College and Burton's Pond. The Paton College dormitories offer traditional dormitory style accommodations for approximately 1000 students in ten residences, called "Houses". The four "Courts" of Burton's Pond apartments accommodate 500 single students in four bedroom apartments, and provide a more independent lifestyle on campus. Small family apartments are available for students with a family, in Baltimore Court. [5]


Memorial University of Newfoundland is a non-denominational university in St John's, Newfoundland.[6] Memorial University began as Memorial University College (MUC), which opened in September 1925 at a campus on Parade Street in St. John's.[6]

The first president was J. L. Paton. It offered the first two years of university studies. MUC's initial enrollment was 57 students, rising to a peak of over 400 in the 1940s. In 1933 it merged with the adjacent Normal School and took responsibility for teacher training. During the College's early years it received considerable support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The college was established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives on active service during the First World War.[6] It was later rededicated to also encompass the province's war dead of the Second World War.[7] Alan Beddoe designed the coats of arms for the Memorial University of Newfoundland.[8] The post-Confederation government elevated the status of Memorial University College to full university status in August 1949, renaming the institution to Memorial University of Newfoundland.[6] Memorial University was established by the Memorial University Act.[9]

The enrollment in MUN's first year was 307 students. In 1961, enrollment having increased to 1400, MUN moved from Parade Street to its present location on Elizabeth Avenue (Main Campus). [6]

On8 March 1965, the government of Newfoundland announced free tuition for first year students enrolled at Memorial University in St. John's. [10] The Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland was established in 1967, and the first students were admitted in 1969. It admits approximately 60 students into the M.D. program each year, and also offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs.

MUN maintains a campus in Harlow, England which opened to students in 1969. This campus has been a popular location for internships in Education, and now offers credit courses, work terms, and internships in a number of areas. The campus accommodates approximately 50 students.

Memorial established the Institut Frecker in St. Pierre in 1973, to offer one-semester French immersion programs. It was housed in a building provided by the archdiocese of St. Pierre until 2000. Now known as the Programme Frecker, it is currently run from the FrancoForum, a language teaching facility owned by the government of St. Pierre. The program is partly supported by the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In September 1975 a campus was opened in Corner Brook; it was first renamed Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 1979 and renamed again in 2010 as Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently 1300 students attend Grenfell, which offers full degree programs in several disciplines, including Fine Arts, and partial programs, which can be completed at the main campus, in many other subjects.

The St. John's campus of MUN
Burton's Pond
The Queen Elizabeth II Library
R. Gushue Hall
Bruneau Centre for Research
The Ocean Sciences Centre

In 1977, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Educational Television Centre implemented the Telemedicine project.

In 1992, the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Technology in St. John's became affiliated with MUN as the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today it is named the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. It offers both degree and non-degree programs.

Schools and faculties

Memorial has six faculties (Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Science) and six Schools (Graduate Studies, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Kinetics, Recreation, and Social Work). These offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration is recognized as a leader in Canadian business education, offering innovative programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including bachelor of commerce, international bachelor of business administration, bachelor of business administration, master of business administration, master of employment relations and PhD degrees.

Students can choose to specialize in the following engineering disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering (combined degree), and Process Engineering. [11]

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Department of Biochemistry has an accredited dietetic program. The university is accredited by a professional organization such as the Dietitians of Canada and the university's graduates may subsequently become registered dietitians. List of universities with accredited dietetic programs

Queen's College, an affiliated College of Memorial University, offers diploma and degree studies in theology, pastoral studies, church history and related programs. Queen's College is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[12]

The university operates the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park.

Motto, shield, and arms

The university's motto, Provehito in Altum (Launch forth into the deep), captures the spirit of the adventure of learning and urges students to extend the frontiers of knowledge. The shield of arms bears a representation of the sea, books, and a cross. The Arms of Memorial University have as their central element a cross moline, which is a fitting symbol for an institution dedicated to the memory of soldiers of Newfoundland who died during the Great Wars.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden is a botanical garden operated by the university. It is located at Oxen Pond along Mount Scio Road in the suburbs of St. John's and was founded in 1972. The park has adopted the Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) as its emblem.

Sports, clubs, and traditions

MUN's sports teams, the Memorial Sea-Hawks (formerly The Beothuks), are part of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) league of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. There are varsity teams in men's and women's basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

Memorial University also has a very active student media including a radio station, CHMR-FM, and a newspaper, The Muse.


The Globe and Mail's 2009 University Report Card, which is a national survey on student satisfaction gave MUN the following grades in the Medium-sized University category:

  • Quality of Teaching: B+ (6th in Canada)
  • Quality of Education: A- (6th in Canada)
  • Most Satisfied Students: A- (6th in Canada)
  • Class Size: A- (4th in Canada)
  • Student Faculty Interaction: B (6th in Canada)
  • Course Availability: B (4th in Canada)
  • Student Services: B+ (2nd in Canada)
  • Libraries: A- (3rd in Canada)
  • Academic reputation: B (7th in Canada)

On November 11, 2010 Maclean's magazine ranked MUN number 5 of 12 in its comprehensive university rankings for the second year in a row.

In the 2007 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by The Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, MUN placed in the fourth quintile category (305th–401st overall) of the top 500 universities of the world.



Notable faculty and alumni


The University joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Consolidated Financial Statements of Memorial University of Newfoundland (March 31, 2010)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b "University Factbook(Memorial University of Newfoundland)" (PDF). Memorial University of Newfoundland. Retrieved 2008-06-30. [dead link]
  3. ^ "2008 Comprehensive University Rankings" (PDF). Maclean's. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  An online preview of the year ranking published in the Nov 19, 2007 edition of Maclean's magazine.
  4. ^ "University Profiles (Memorial University of Newfoundland)". Canada's Higher Education and Careers Guide. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Profile". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Memorial University of Newfoundland
  7. ^ "History of Memorial University". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  8. ^ Alan Beddoe collection at Library and Archives Canada
  9. ^ Memorial University Act
  10. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 
  11. ^ Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation - University List
  12. ^ ATS Member School Profile
  13. ^ Project Hero


  • Dr. Mel Baker, Memorial University archivist 'Celebrate Memorial: A Pictorial History of Memorial University of Newfoundland' (St. John's Newfoundland: Memorial University Press © 1999)
  • Malcolm MacLeod. 'A Bridge Built Halfway: A History of Memorial University College, 1925-1950.' Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990.
  • J.A. Meaden, 'Queen’s College, Newfoundland' (St.John’s Newfoundland: Memorial University Press, 1947)

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