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University of New Brunswick - UNB


The University of New Brunswick (UNB) was established in 1785 and is Canada’s oldest English speaking university. UNB is one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, where students can choose from over 60 undergraduate and graduate level programs. Students can also learn English at UNB.

UNB is a community of scholars, students, and leaders. We place a high value on international classrooms and perspectives. International students from over 90 countries make up almost 12% of UNB’s student population.

UNB is among the oldest public universities in North America and the oldest English-language university in Canada. UNB began with a petition presented to Governor Thomas Carleton on 13 December 1785. Headed by William Paine, the seven memorialists asked Carleton to grant a charter of incorporation for an "academy or school of liberal arts and sciences," which they maintained would result in many "public advantages and conveniences." In addition, the "principal Officers of disbanded Corps and other Inhabitants" in and around the provincial capital of Fredericton asked that the Governor reserve a substantial grant of land in support of this academy.

  • UNB was named Canada's most entrepreneurial university by Startup Canada.
  • UNB's Institute of Biomedical Engineering is a world-renowned research facility and one of the oldest solely dedicated to this field.
  • In 2013, Maclean's magazine ranked UNB 4th nationally in its evaluation of the top fifteen comprehensive universities in Canada.
  • For several years running, UNB's libraries have been ranked in the top spot nationally in terms of the percentage of the overall budget devoted to libraries and in terms of holdings per student.
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Academic specialism

On the Fredericton campus:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Forestry and Environmental Management
  • Kinesiology
  • Leadership
  • Nursing
  • Science

On the Saint John campus:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering (first two years only)
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Science (including Marine Biology)
University of New Brunswick - UNB
3 Bailey Dr, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada
NB E3B 5A3
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+1 506-453-4666

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At UNB, you can choose between two beautiful, distinctly different campuses. The Fredericton campus is located in New Brunswick’s capital city, while the Saint John campus is located in the province’s largest city. Fredericton and Saint John are both safe, clean environments in which to study, work, and play.