Quick Facts

Our History

  • UNB’s Fredericton campus, located in New Brunswick’s capital, was established in 1785; its Saint John campus, located in New Brunswick’s largest city, was established in 1964.
  • UNB is among the oldest public universities in North America and the oldest English-language university in Canada.

Our Impacts

UNB contributes more than $385 million to the New Brunswick economy.

Our Students

  • UNB has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its campuses.
  • UNB’s international students originate from more than 100 countries, contributing to the cultural fabric of our host communities and the entire province.
  • UNB has more than 64,000 living alumni around the world, of which more than 23,000 live in New Brunswick.

Our Faculties

  • UNB has more than 75 undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • There are 14 faculties on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.
  • Fredericton:  arts, business administration, computer science, education, engineering, forestry and environmental management, kinesiology, law, nursing, Renaissance College and science.
  • Saint John: arts, business, and science, applied science and engineering.
  • UNB employs more than 3,000 full- and part-time staff, including faculty, support staff and students.
  • The College of Extended Learning makes UNB accessible around the world through distance education and web-based courses.
  • UNB Saint John’s language institute, Saint John College, and UNB’s College of Extended Learning welcome hundreds of international students every year, helping them to improve their language skills for academic purposes.
  • UNB’s faculty of law ranks among the top five in Canada (Canadian Lawyer Magazine).
  • In fall 2010, UNB Saint John, in partnership with Dalhousie University and the government of New Brunswick, became home to the province's first English-language medical school.

Our Research

  • Close to 75 per cent of university research in New Brunswick happens at UNB.
  • UNB’s Planetary Space Science Centre is the only NASA-supported planetary imaging facility in Canada.
  • The UNB MRI Centre is one of the largest and best known material science magnetic resonance imaging labs in the world.
  • UNB’s Canadian Rivers Institute working to make our rivers clean and safe.
  • UNB’s Centre for Coastal Studies and Aquaculture does work in Canada, the Caribbean, the UK, the Mediterranean, South America, Australia and Antarctica.
  • UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society is helping the world understand modern-day conflicts.  It is one of the few research institutes in Canada and the U.S. studying the role of climate change in current and future conflicts.
  • Google Earth uses technology developed by UNB geodesy and geomatics engineering researchers.
  • UNB’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering is a world-renowned research facility in biomedical engineering and one of the oldest solely dedicated to this field.

UNB's research has led to 177 patents being filed, 101 license agreements and 18 start-up companies as of 2011.

Return on investment

New Brunswick's annual investment in UNB is paid back with a return of 6%

Last Revised: May 9, 2012