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Grenfell Campus (2019/2020)
3 Grenfell Campus Description

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, was established in September 1975, and originally was called the Western Regional College. In 1979 it was named Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, honouring the memory of the medical missionary who pioneered medicine in northern Newfoundland and along the coast of Labrador. In 2010, it was renamed Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Four-year undergraduate degree programs in Arts, Business Administration, Environment and Sustainability, Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science may be completed at Grenfell Campus, as well as an accelerated program in Nursing. The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in English, Historical Studies, Humanities, Psychology, and Social/Cultural Studies, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) may be obtained in Psychology. The Bachelor of Business Administration is offered as general and honours degrees. The Bachelor of Science is offered in Computational Mathematics, Environmental Science, General Science, Physics, and Psychology and the Bachelor of Science (Honours) is offered in Environmental Science, and Psychology, and the University's four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree is offered in conjunction with the Western Regional School of Nursing in Corner Brook. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are conferred in Theatre and Visual Arts. These programs differ from those offered on the St. John's Campus and many are available only at the Grenfell Campus. Grenfell Campus also offers graduate programs in boreal ecosystems and agricultural science, environmental policy, and in visual arts. For information regarding graduate programs see the School of Graduate Studies at

Students at Grenfell Campus may also complete the first-year requirements of several programs offered at St. John's Campus including the requirements of the Engineering One Program. It is recommended that students meet with an academic advisor concerning course selection for specific programs.

Students have the option of completing distance and web-based credit courses offered by Memorial University of Newfoundland's Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). As well, Grenfell's Office of Engagement offers a wide variety of non-credit courses to students, the Campus community, and the general public.

Grenfell's physical location affords the Campus a spectacular view of the city of Corner Brook and the scenic Bay of Islands. All Campus buildings are connected by a series of skywalks and tunnels. The Arts and Science Building houses administrative and academic units, a bookstore, an athletics and recreation wing, a student residence, the Grenfell Campus Student Union Student Centre and the Grenfell Campus Observatory and astronomical telescope. The Library and Computing Building includes Ferriss Hodgett Library, a computer lab and the largest lecture theatre on Campus. The Fine Arts Building contains facilities for visual arts and theatre students. It features a 160 seat theatre, dressing rooms, scenery, costume and properties workshops, as well as an actors' green room and a rehearsal hall. The Fine Arts Building also includes an art gallery, art storage vault, studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-media and photography, darkrooms, and workshops for lithography, intaglio and serigraphy. The Forest Centre houses classroom, laboratory and research facilities for the Campus as well as the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada. Adjacent to the Forest Centre is a boreal ecosystem research facility, which supports research in agricultural, environmental and boreal sectors.

Additional information regarding the Grenfell Campus is available at

Students must meet all regulations of Grenfell Campus in addition to those stated in the general regulations.

For information concerning admission/readmission to the University and general academic regulations (undergraduate), refer to UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS.

For information concerning fees and charges, see the Financial and Administrative Services website at

For information concerning scholarships, bursaries and awards, see

3.1 Statement of Academic Purpose

Grenfell Campus, as part of Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a four year undergraduate degree granting institution offering a liberal education in arts and science and a professional education in business, nursing, theatre and visual arts. In addition, the Campus continues to accommodate students who wish to complete their degrees at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's or at universities elsewhere.

At Grenfell Campus a liberal education means a critical and open-minded pursuit of knowledge providing students with the intellectual tools to enable them to respond to a rapidly changing world. A liberal education marks the start of preparation for a career and it may lead to graduate work in a number of fields. In a broader sense it is intended to build a foundation for social, cultural and recreational interests that will help students move toward a meaningful personal and professional life. Academically, the aim of Grenfell Campus is to enable students to be open to new ways of thinking and to gain a lasting intellectual self-confidence so that they may have both the ability and the desire to be life-long learners.

At Grenfell Campus the goal of high quality education is reflected in the following commitments:

  1. to teach students in a variety of challenging contexts and in general provide them with a personalized learning environment;

  2. to maintain high academic standards;

  3. to foster excellence in teaching, to encourage scholarship, research, performance and artistic endeavour, and to engage students, where appropriate, in these activities.