Are you considering attending one of the universities in Manitoba? Or are you still researching the different Canadian universities? Either way, this blog will provide some valuable information. The province of Manitoba is known for its large prairies, provincial parks, friendly populous, and brutal winters, but it is also home to several amazing post-secondary institutions. In this blog, we give you an overview of the main universities in the province, their school requirements, admission statistics, and what you need to know to get into them.

Please note: although we have made every effort to provide the most accurate information, admissions information changes frequently. Therefore, we encourage you to verify these details with the official university admissions office. You are responsible for your own results. BeMo does not endorse nor affiliate with any official universities, colleges, or test administrators and vice versa. 

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How to Apply to Universities in Manitoba University of Manitoba Brandon University University of Winnipeg Canadian Mennonite University Université de Saint-Boniface 3 Tips for Applying to Universities in Manitoba FAQs

There are several post-secondary institutions in the province of Manitoba. They offer certificates, diplomas, undergraduate, post-graduate, masters, doctorate, pre-professional, and professional degree programs in a broad range of disciplines. In this article, we will be focusing on the five main universities in the province that offer degree-bearing programs:

  1. Brandon University
  2. Université de Saint-Boniface
  3. University of Manitoba
  4. University of Winnipeg
  5. Canadian Mennonite University

Interested in quickly seeing acceptance rates all in one place first? Take a look at this infographic:

How to Apply to Universities in Manitoba

Before we start looking at each individual university, you should know that unlike with universities of Ontario and a few other provinces, the universities in Manitoba do not use a centralized application system like the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) to apply to multiple institutions simultaneously. If you are applying to a university in Manitoba, you will need to apply to each school separately and directly through the school's platform. 

The admission requirements of the school vary greatly depending on your program of interest. Still, all eight universities require that applicants complete secondary school and be proficient in the language that they will be learning in. For most of the universities, that language is English. 

Furthermore, all five universities will require students to submit some or all the following when applying: 

Now that you have an idea of what the application process can look like for universities in Manitoba, let's take a look at each different university:

University of Manitoba

Acceptance rate: 52%

Yearly Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programs: CAD 7 400- CAD 9 000 for domestic students and CAD 19,100 – CAD 26,800 for international students.

The University of Manitoba is the largest university in the province and western Canada’s first university. Its mission is to “create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada, and the world.” It has two large, beautiful campuses in the province’s capital city of Winnipeg and is home to over 31 000 students. 21.9% of whom are international students who come from 115 different countries. 

The University of Manitoba offers over 100 different programs across multiple faculties, schools, and colleges. Many of those programs are at the undergraduate level in emerging fields like Indigenous Business Studies and Plant Biotechnology. The programs also include professional disciplines such as medicine, law, and engineering. In fact, it is home to the province’s only medical school, the Max Rady college of medicine. Furthermore, the school is well known for its contributions to research in fields as diverse as infectious diseases, Canadian history, materials science, population and community health, civil infrastructure, and sustainable agriculture, to name just a few. 

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements mentioned earlier, the University of Manitoba requires that students graduate from high school with a 70% average in three senior-level courses and a minimum of 60% in English to be eligible for admission. Furthermore, applicants have to meet the specific requirements of the program they’re applying to. For example, applicants to the Asper School of Business need a minimum average of 85%, with no less than 70% in English and Pre-Calculus Mathematics, to be considered for admission. Keep in mind that meeting the minimum requirement is not enough to guarantee admission, so you should aim for a higher average if you want to be a competitive applicant and get into this school.

Brandon University

Acceptance rate: 66%

Yearly Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programs: CAD 6,758 to CAD 7,18 for domestic students.

Brandon University, commonly referred to as BU, is a predominantly undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution located in Manitoba's second-largest city, Brandon. It has a student body of 3700, including full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Brandon University has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, and most of its classes have fewer than 60 students, making it one of the top schools in the country when it comes to student-faculty ratio.

Brandon University doesn't have many faculties or programs as a small university, but each of its five faculties offers quality programs. Brandon University is home to a world-renowned music school that is considered one of the best in the country. It also offers 28 other undergraduate programs across various disciplines and five post-graduate ones.

The application process to Brandon University is relatively straightforward. Students have to apply directly through the website. To be eligible for admission, students are required to have a minimum average of 60%. This requirement, the limited number of spots available at this university, and the fact that it is located in one of Canada's cheapest cities mean that there is quite a bit of competition to get into Brandon University. If you want to secure a spot in one of the programs at BU, we recommend having an average of at least 70%.

University of Winnipeg

Acceptance rate: 75%

Yearly Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programs: CAD 4 500 and CAD 5 000 for domestic students, CAD 14,700-CAD 17,700 for international students.

Located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, the University of Winnipeg is another predominantly undergraduate institution with a student body of over 9,600. More than 9000 of these students are enrolled in one of the school’s undergraduate programs, and just under 15% of them are international students from over 20 different countries. The university's mission is to "provide students with breadth and depth of knowledge, the skills to communicate effectively and to make informed decisions, an understanding of the ethical problems facing our society, and an appreciation of the full range of human, aesthetic, and environmental values."

The school offers fifty-four undergraduate programs, ten graduate programs, and two graduate certificates. It also combines forces with other colleges and universities in the city to provide better programs for its students. For example, there are four joint masters programs that the University of Winnipeg offers in conjunction with the University of Manitoba. There are also 15 pre-professional undergraduate programs and 11 active undergraduate Applied & Joint Programs offered with Red River College.

Applications to the University of Winnipeg can be submitted online through the school website. The eligibility requirements and application components will depend on your chosen program of study. Applicants should make sure to verify all of the requirements for their chosen program before starting to prepare an application, as some programs require that you write a college essay or submit portfolios and letters of recommendation. 

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Canadian Mennonite University

Acceptance rate: 65%

Yearly Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programs: Approximately CAD 9 500 for domestic students and CAD 16,739 CAD for international students.

The Canadian Mennonite University, commonly known as CMU, is one of Western Canada's newest universities, having been founded in 2000. CMU is affiliated with the Mennonite Church of Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, but it is a liberal arts university open to all faiths, genders, and backgrounds. This small, private, Christian university has a large campus that stretches over 43 acres of land and houses most of its undergraduate students. 

The Canadian Mennonite University offers four bachelor and graduate degrees with majors in 19 different subjects and pre-professional studies in just over 25 subjects. Specific programs may have their own admission requirements, so you should always verify the information provided by your chosen program.

To apply, you will need to create an account on the school's website, fill out the application form, pay the application fee and submit the required documents such as your official transcripts. As part of the application process, applicants are asked to consider their reasons for wanting to be part of a university characterized by academic rigour, faith integration, community character, and world citizenship focus. While the school does not refer to this question as an essay prompt, we recommend that applicants approach answering it in the same way that they would a short supplemental essay

Université de Saint-Boniface

Acceptance rate: 65%

Yearly Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programs: Approximately CAD 9 500 for domestic students and CAD 16,739 CAD for international students.

Manitoba is home to a large community of native francophone speakers known as the Franco-Manitobains. It is, therefore, not surprising that one of the biggest universities in the province is also French. L’unversité de Saint-Boniface (The University of Saint-Boniface) is the only francophone university in western Canada, and its mission is to “promote the development of the full potential of its student population while contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the development of the Francophonie in Manitoba and elsewhere.

It currently offers over 38-degree programs at the diploma, baccalaureate, certificate, undergraduate, and master’s levels, including language and translation courses. The University of Saint-Boniface is affiliated with the University of Manitoba, so students also have access to several programs offered through Manitoba’s largest university.

With an overall acceptance rate of 65%, this university is considered relatively selective. Applicants need to have an average of 90% or a GPA of 3.5 to be eligible for admission. Additionally, all Canadian students who did not complete their high school studies in French and international students are required to submit language proficiency test scores. The University of Saint Boniface accepts standardized international tests like DALF, DELF, and ITF. Furthermore, some of the programs offered by the school, such as the Youth Education Program or the Social Work Program, require students to have some understanding of the English language. Applicants who intend to pursue such a program also have to take an English proficiency test like IELTS or TOEFL.

3 Tips for Applying to Universities in Manitoba


1. What's the biggest university in Manitoba?

The University of Manitoba is the oldest and largest university in the province. 

2. Is Manitoba a good province for international students?

Manitoba is an increasingly popular destination for international students because of its low cost of living, diverse population, and high-quality tertiary education institutions. So we think that it is a pretty good province for international students. 

3. Are universities in the province of Manitoba expensive?

The price varies from one school to another, and again depending on the program that you've chosen to pursue. That said, the cost of tuition in Manitoba is significantly lower than most of the other universities in the country. 

4. What GPA do you need to get into schools in Manitoba?

The grades you need to get in will depend on your chosen program and the Manitoban university you want to get into. On average, you need at least a B average to meet the requirements. 

5. Are there any French universities in Manitoba?

Yes, there are. The capital city of Winnipeg is home to the only Francophone university in western Canada - the University of Saint Boniface. 

6. Do you need to speak French to get into university in Manitoba?

Only if you are applying to the University of Saint-Boniface. Other universities may require you to submit an English proficiency test if English is not your first language or you did not complete high school in English. 

7. Does the Canadian Mennonite University accept students who are not Christian?

Yes, it does. CMU is a small Christian university that is open to all students. 

8. How can I improve my chances of getting into a university in Manitoba?

You can improve your chances of admission to a university in the province by keeping up with your schoolwork to ensure high grades, taking the time to research the school and program you're interested in, and working with a university admissions consultant to strengthen your application. 

Disclaimer: BeMo does not endorse or affiliate with any universities, colleges, or official test administrators. The content has been developed based on the most recent publicly available data provided from the official university website. However, you should always check the statistics/requirements with the official school website for the most up to date information. You are responsible for your own results. 

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