ADVISOR Newsletter Fall 2016

The staff of the Academic Advising Centre looks forward to connecting with you, our valued partners, during this academic year. For those who are new to the guidance profession, we look forward to meeting you and providing the information you need to advise your students in preparing for their transition to Memorial University.

The purpose of the newsletter, ADVISOR, is to provide guidance professionals in high schools with the most current information and to highlight any changes that will have an impact on future students. Produced three times annually, the newsletter has proved to be both helpful and informative to high school guidance counselors.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we might better meet your needs in serving students. Please email if you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the information contained in this, and future, issues.



Students must earn 10 credits in each of the following Grade 12 academic or advanced-level subjects with an overall average of not less than 70 per cent compiled from the grades received in the courses selected:

  • English 3201,
  • Mathematics 3200 or 3201,
  • Laboratory Science (one of biology 3201, chemistry 3202, earth systems 3209 or physics 3204),
  • Social science (world histroy, world geography*, world religions**) or modern or classical language (French, Spanish, etc.)
  • Elective (any grade 12 level course that satisfies high school diploma requirements that has not been used to meet one of the above four academic subject requirements)
    * Geography 3200 does not satisfy this requirement.
    ** Two courses are required in this subject if credit value per course is 1.

Memorial University offers general admission to all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for general admission. Applicants who are offered general admission can be admitted directly to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Business, and Grenfell Campus (all programs except the Bachelor of Fine Arts).

Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre or Visual Arts), Bachelor of Nursing (offered conjointly by Memorial’s School of Nursing, Western Regional School of Nursing, and Centre for Nursing Studies), Faculty of Engineering, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of Music will have a second “faculty” application created at Memorial. Decision regarding faculty applications are made by the related academic units and applicants are notified by the units directly regarding their admission status.

The deadline to submit general applications for admission for the fall semester is March 1. Applications received after this time will be processed as time and space permits. Separate faculty or program application deadlines may be in effect. See the Application Deadlines for Direct Entry Programs section below for details.


Please note that certain courses may be substituted for specific general admission requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office directly at for further information.



Applicants should apply online using Memorial’s online Application for Admission and Re-Admission. Benefits of using the online application include:

Sustainability/reduced use of paperAvailability of links to supplementary forms and informationAccuracy and completeness of application (delays prevented)Currency of program choices and application informationOnline access to application and admission statusConvenienceStudent housing applications

Students who are interested in living on campus should note that there is a separate application process for student housing;

Application for Residence 

Admission Inquiries

General inquiries:

Newfoundland and Labrador applicants:

Non-Newfoundland Canadian applicants:

Associate Registrar, Admissions:




As a follow up to the early offer process in April 2016, we recently awarded approximately 470 entrance scholarships valued at approximately $1,235,000 for 2016-2017. The majority of these scholarships went to students who had a 90% or higher Final Admission Average. Additional entrance scholarships will be awared over the coming weeks.

Warren and Catherine Ball Memorial Entrance Scholarship
- Valued at $7,500 annually and renewable for an additional four years ($30,000 in total) if first class and scholarship standing are maintained. This year’s recipients:

  • Abigail March, Grand Fall-Windsor
  • Brady Ryan, Marysvale

Memorial University of Newfoundland Alumni Entrance Scholarship
- Valued at $5,000 and renewable for an additional four years ($25,000 in total) if first class and scholarship standing are maintained. This year’s recipients:

  • Dakshita Jagota, St. John’s
  • Nicholas Power, Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Hillary Randell, Bide Arm
  • Alexandra Symonds, Conception Bay South
  • Cara Thoms, Campbellton

Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship
- Valued at $4,000 annually and renewable for an additional three years ($16,000 in total) if first class and scholarship standing are maintained. This year’s recipients:

  • Stephanie Adey, Mount Pearl
  • Jessie Byrne, Stephenville
  • Carissa Haines, Conception Bay South
  • David Hardy, Deer Lake
  • Matthew Hickey, Outer Cove
  • Kristen Pike, Grand Falls-Windsor
  • April Rose, Norris Arm

Memorial continues to match the provincial government scholarships (Provincial Electoral District, Centenary of Responsible Government, Junior Jubilee and Constable W.C. Moss Scholarships) for those recipients attending Memorial who did not receive another scholarship of equal or higher value from the university. The 2016-2017 winners of these scholarships will be announced later in Fall.

Memorial also continues the program that allows students attending the Comprehensive Arts and Science Transfer: College-University Program at College of the North Atlantic to defer their scholarship to Fall 2017 when they register as full-time students at Memorial. Approximately 10 of our entrance scholarships have been deferred to 2017-2018 under this program.

Memorial also awards automatic scholarships to first year students at Marine Institute who are planning to complete degree programs. As a result of these and other initiatives we hope to continue to see our best and brightest stay in the province for their undergraduate studies.

The Scholarships and Awards Office would like to congratulate our 2016-2017 scholarship winners and the teachers and parents who played a role in their success. We wish them continued success in their first year at Memorial.

We would also like to send a special thank-you to all the schools who participated in our scholarship program this past year. We look forward to your continued support as we continue to fine tune the entrance scholarship program.

This past year we introduced changes to the Early Offer Scholarship process. We will continue the new process with the additional change that students will be able to indicate their wish to apply for an early offer of scholarship via the application for admission to the university.

Students who wish to be considered for early scholarship offers must:

  • Apply for University admission by March 1, and
  • Submit a copy of their Mid-Term (February) Grade/Progress Report by March 1, and
  • Have an early entrance scholarship average of at least 90% (based upon the overall average for completed and in-progress courses for the five grade 12 subjects/courses that are needed for general admission).

Students must submit their Grade/Progress Report to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar at mail to: (not monitored for inquiries). It should be a copy of the grade report issued by the school. The submission should include their MUN ID number, full name as supplied on their application, and their date of birth.

The Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Alumni Entrance Scholarships are available as early offers as well. These require a special application available at:

Application for:

Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Entrance Scholarship

Memorial University of Newfoundland Alumni Entrance Scholarship




Thanks to the amazing generosity of The Joyce Foundation, Memorial University is able to offer bursary funds to students committed to education but facing financial need. Renewable awards valued at $5000 annually (and renewable for up to three additional years) are available for up to eight eligible Newfoundland and Labrador students entering Memorial University. Criteria for the awards include a minimum of 70% final admission average (St. John’s/Grenfell campuses) or a minimum of 60% final admission average (Marine Institute), demonstration of critical financial need, and perseverance in the face of challenges.

Applications are available for The Joyce Foundation Bursary for September 2017 intake. Further details, application forms and referee instructions can be found at the Joyce Foundation Bursary website.

Joyce Foundation Bursary Application

Completed applications (with reference letters included) must be postmarked by November 30, 2016.



First Year Success is a program offered on the St. John’s campus for students who are concerned about making the transition to university. Students in FYS enroll in several first year courses together; University 1010 and University 1500 in fall, and University 1020 in winter.

Classes are small (capped at 30) so students get to know each other and their instructors easily. Students will meet with academic and career advisors regularly to help make decisions about courses and programs and explore potential career paths.

University 1010 teaches the skills required to be an effective university student, University 1500is dedicated to teaching the writing skills required for post-secondary success, and University 1020 introduces students to the disciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of the university through presentations and case studies. All courses are for credit.

The skills offered in the FYS courses and the additional supports provided make FYS ideal for students who may be applying to Memorial with an admission average under 75 per cent or who may desire structured transitional supports in that first year. FYS is also a good fit for students who are undecided about their program of study. Academic and career advisors encourage students to think about what they might like to do in the future, and University 1020 introduces students to the disciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of the university through presentations and case studies. Students will also find that FYS courses fit with the first year of almost any program at Memorial.

The benefits of participation are numerous:

  • small classes
  • supportive instructors who love to teach
  • dedicated academic advisors
  • improve writing skills, critical thinking, time management and exam preparation
  • learn about academic disciplines and professional schools at Memorial
  • gain university credit that can be used towards almost any degree program
  • provide feedback to continually improve the first year experience at Memorial.

How to participate?
Students must be admitted to Memorial University to be eligible to participate in First Year Success. Students interested in reserving a space can email

To learn more about FYS and listen to what some of our previous students have had to say, visit



For the past four years, University 1500 and University 1010 have been offered as linked courses in the fall semester to participants in the First Year Success Program. In the winter semester, these courses will be offered separately as stand-alone courses and can be available to any student with fewer than 18 credit hours attending the St. John’s Campus.

These unique, skills-enhancing, three-credit-hour courses have the potential to improve a student's ability to write and communicate in academia (University 1500), and to develop and build upon one’s personal and academic-management skills that are necessary for success at Memorial (University 1010).

These courses will contribute to the “elective” category of most degrees. For those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, these courses contribute to the “Breadth of Knowledge” core requirement and University 1500 fulfills three credit hours towards the Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) requirement.

For more information on the University 1010 and 1500 course offerings for Winter 2017, please contact:



Memorial continues to provide high school students with an opportunity to enroll in university courses during the final year of high school through the CONCURRENT STUDIES progarm.

This is an excellent opportunity for high school students with superior academic records (i.e., an overall average of 85 per cent or above in completed English, math and science courses at the 2000 or 3000 level ) and the availability of space in their schedule to get an early start on courses that will enhance their understanding of the university experience.

To be considered for admission under the concurrent studies category, students must complete an application for Admission to Memorial, pay the appropriate fee, and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • A letter requesting to be considered for enrolment in a specific course
  • Provide a list of final year course registrations
  • An official high school transcript
  • A letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counsellor

Note: Enrolment for concurrent studies students is normally limited to three credit hours (one course) per semester in the Fall or Winter semesters only. Courses may be completed by distance and all general University regulations governing registration and fees apply.

For additional information, contact



Admission to selected faculties, schools and programs is limited. These programs may have additional application and admission criteria beyond those set out for general admission. In such cases, separate faculty/school application forms may be required along with the general application for admission to the university.


The following table outlines the application deadlines for limited entry programs that are available for direct entry from high school. All but engineering require the submission of a supplementary application form in order to complete the application process.

The supplementary application for those marked * are provided within the online application for admission. Otherwise, the supplementary forms are paper or PDF forms that must be submitted separately. Links to PDF copies of these are provided within the online general application for admission/readmission.

  • Music* - January 15
  • Engineering - March 1
  • Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation - March 1
  • Nursing* - March 1
  • Fine Arts (Theatre) - March 31
  • Fine Arts (Visual) - March 1

Students can apply for admission to the following programs of study when completing the university’s General Undergraduate Application for Admission/Readmission:

  • arts,
  • business administration, commerce (Term A/B) 
  • science.

These have no additional application or admission requirements beyond those for general admission to the university.



The place to go to be in the know about Memorial University!

From this link you can access our online application and obtain detailed information on admission requirements, program options, scholarship opportunities and student residences.

You can request a campus tour or sign up for further communication to keep you informed on all the latest news about our programs and student involvement.

You will also find postings about Memorial University Information Sessions for prospective students and their families held in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Alberta during the coming months. Specific locations and dates are currently being finalized.

Information sessions planned for Newfoundland are organized in consultation with the high schools in selected areas. Details on these information sessions will be posted once plans are finalized.

The New Class

Memorial University’s St. John’s campus introduced “The New Class” in September. This web series will follow a group of new students as they experience Memorial's St. John's campus during the 2016/2017 academic year. Through their eyes, we will encounter the opportunities and challenges new students face throughout their first year of life at Memorial University. Check it out and share it with your students:

  • Office of Student Recruitment
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • St. John's NL A1C 5S7
  • T 709 864 8626
  • Toll Free 1 866 354 8896 (North America only)




Academic Advising - Office of the Registrar

Accessibility Centre & Education Support (ACES)

Student Housing

Office of Student Recruitment

  • Grenfell Campus, Memorial University
  • 20 University Drive
  • Corner Brook, NL
  • A2H 5G4
  • Phone: 709-637-6269 or toll-free within North America: 1-888-637-6269
  • Fax: 709-637-6250



The Blundon Centre was established at Memorial University in February 1992 and is dedicated to the memory of Glenn Roy Blundon, a former Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland. Glenn is remembered for his leadership and his commitment to equality and accessibility issues.

The mission of the Blundon Centre is to provide and co-ordinate programs and services that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the university community. The centre carries out its mission in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at Memorial University and off-campus groups, including disability-related community organizations.

The centre serves prospective and current students attending the University’s St. John’s campus whose disabilities involve mobility, vision, hearing, learning (disabilities), chronic illnesses, or mental health. Support is also provided to students with documented temporary disabilities, such as a broken arm. Examples of services and accommodations include orientation of new students, academic accommodations for tests and exams (medical or psycho-educational documentation is required), access to assistive technology, note-taking assistance, and in-servicing of faculty and staff regarding disability issues and accommodations.

New students are encouraged to contact the centre at least six weeks before registration to discuss their accommodation request. Delays in notifying or disclosing a disability for which accommodation is sought may result in an accommodation request not being processed in time for the commencement of the term or course in which the accommodation is being sought.

In keeping with Memorial’s commitment to ensuring an environment of understanding, respect, and inclusion, the Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy establishes principles, guidelines, and responsibilities respecting access to University services, facilities and housing for students with disabilities in accordance with the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act, 2010. This Policy is available at

Contact Information:

  • University Centre, UC 4007
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Evenings and weekends as required)
  • Tel: (709) 864-2156Fax: (709) 864-3011TTY: 709 864-4763


SHAD 2017

SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 700 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of 12 Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math).

Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in Canada that offers 50 full tuition scholarships any students accepted to SHAD, valued at $4500.00. This is an excellent opportunity for keen, well-rounded NL students to apply their creativity with other like-minded students. In addition to a focus on STEAM, the SHAD program offers students an introduction to business and entrepreneurship, knowledge of which is becoming more necessary in today’s society. Further information about SHAD and how to apply can be found at:



The Academic Advising Centre is responsible for easing the transition from high school to university for entering students and ensuring that all students obtain sound and accurate academic information and advice.

The Academic Advising Centre assists prospective students as well as those who are in their first year of studies, are undecided about which program of study they wish to pursue, uncertain of their academic goals, are thinking about exploring new academic opportunities, or face potential academic prejudice.

Guide to First Year 2016-2017


Contact Information

  • The Academic Advising Centre
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Science Building, Room SN4053
  • St. John's, NL A1B 3X9
  • Telephone: 709-864-8801
  • Fax: 709-864-2404


  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 pm



Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000