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8.3 A Period of Expansion

With university status, Memorial University of Newfoundland entered a period of rapid growth that was to continue into the 70s. In 1949-1950, there was a student body of 307 in the new university; in the academic year 1961-1962, when the university moved to its present St. John’s campus, the student enrolment had reached 1,745 full-time and 152 part-time. Ten years later, 1971-1972, the student population, including full- and part-time students in degree programs, was 10,980.

During this time there were equally dramatic changes in the variety and extent of available academic programs. In the early years of the university, there were two faculties (Arts and Science, and Education). While the academic structure was quite similar in 1961, when the university moved to its new campus on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John's, areas of instruction, course offerings and degrees awarded had all increased.

In 1966 the Board of Regents approved the establishment of a small residential campus in the quaint, historic town of Harlow, Essex, located approximately midway between London and Cambridge. The first Memorial University students came to Harlow in 1969 for education and engineering one-semester internships in Harlow schools and factories. Harlow Campus went through extensive modernisation in 2002 to meet the needs of today’s undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit

In 1975 Memorial University of Newfoundland established a regional campus in Corner Brook. The campus was named Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 1979 honouring the memory of the medical missionary who pioneered medicine in Northern Newfoundland and along the coast of Labrador. In 2010 the campus in Corner Brook was renamed Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since its opening, Grenfell has evolved from a junior college offering first- and second-year courses to providing entire degree programs in the areas of arts, fine arts, science, business administration, resource management and nursing. The first degrees, in the disciplines of theatre and visual arts, were introduced in 1988. Grenfell Campus currently offers 18 undergraduate and one graduate degree programs. For more information, visit

In 1992 the Marine Institute joined the University, becoming the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Founded in 1964, the Marine Institute offers a range of certificate, diploma, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the ocean and marine sectors and is involved in research and technology transfer. For more information, visit

Today, Memorial University of Newfoundland offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through seven faculties - Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Science; eight schools - Arts and Social Science, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human Kinetics and Recreation, Music, Pharmacy, Science and the Environment, and Social Work; and the academic units at the Marine Institute. Information regarding enrolment statistics can be found in the Fact Book at

The University’s three frameworks – teaching and learning, research and public engagement – guide the University’s development.

The teaching and learning community at Memorial University of Newfoundland connects learners and educators to each other, the broader community and the world, in the service of knowledge generation and exchange, and the advancement of society. For more information, visit

Faculty and students actively participate in research and development. Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of the most important research facilities in Atlantic Canada and has developed numerous research programs and facilities that are among the most advanced in the world. For more information and a complete listing of research facilities, visit

Memorial University of Newfoundland is also one of the most publicly engaged universities in the country, undertaking projects that benefit both the university and the community. The University encourages and provides support for public engagement through faculties, units and centres that offer programming to help facilitate public engagement, through funding for public engagement, and through the Public Engagement Framework. For more information, visit