In the early 1970s the university approved the creation of a branch campus to enable students from outside the Avalon Peninsula to study closer to home. Bowater Newfoundland Limited donated 100 acres of land near Corner Brook to Memorial University to build this new regional college.
The West Coast Regional College – named Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 1979 – officially opened in 1975, housing 400 students registered in first and second-year courses in arts, science and education. Since then the campus has been renamed Grenfell Campus. Students at Grenfell Campus can now complete 16 degree programs there in disciplines such as science, social science, arts and fine arts.