University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan was established in 1907 and celebrated its centennial in 2007. The first classes began in 1909 with a registration of 70 students. These classes were held in the Drinkle Building in downtown Saskatoon. On October 12, 1912, the first building on campus, the College Building, was opened for student admissions. It was declared a provincial heritage building in 1982, a federal heritage building in 2000 and became a national historic site in 2009.

The U of S hosts students from all over the world. In the 2008-09 academic year, 14,586 students were enrolled full-time and another 3,832 were enrolled part-time, including 1,271international students. There were 1,561 students who self-declared aboriginal ancestry in 2008-09.

The University of Saskatchewan belongs to the people of Saskatchewan. As an academic community, our mission is to achieve excellence in the scholarly activities of teaching, discovering, preserving, and applying knowledge. The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) offers 58 undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 disciplines.

Affiliated and Federated Colleges

  • Briercrest College and Seminary, located in Caronport, Saskatchewan
  • Horizon College & Seminary (formerly Central Pentecostal College), located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies & Applied Research, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • St. Peter’s College, located in Muenster, Saskatchewan
  • St. Thomas More College (Catholic), located on the University of Saskatchewan Campus
  • Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) made up of: College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican), Lutheran Theological Seminary, and St. Andrew’s College (United), all located on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Arts and science courses can be completed in Caronport, Melfort, North Battleford, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Kindersley, La Ronge and Muenster. Students also have the option of independent studies, mixed mode classes (tutor and audio teleconferencing), online classes and televised classes, which are available at up to 55 sites. Off-campus courses are generally limited to 100-level (first year) courses, as well as a selection of 200-level (second year) courses.

Faculty and Staff

The University of Saskatchewan prides itself on its outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that number about 7,500.

The staff and faculty newspaper, On Campus News, is the university’s official newspaper and has been published since 1983. The bi-weekly paper is produced 18 times per year (July – May). About 6,100 copies are distributed on and off campus, and it is also available online at


Over 141,000 individuals have received degrees, diplomas and certificates from the U of S. Nearly 98,000 U of S graduates reside in Canada, with over 61,000 living in Saskatchewan. Alberta is home to about 17,600 and another 8,300 live in British Columbia.

Established in 1917, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association is the official body representing alumni. The Green and White is the alumni magazine, which is produced three times annually by the Alumni Association in partnership with the university.

Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work

The U of S attracted over $170 million in research revenue in 2008-09, accounting for 22 per cent of the university’s total revenue. Also during that time, new technologies resulting from innovative U of S research raised almost $6 million in licensing and royalty revenue.

The U of S is the only Anglophone university in Canada with a combination of colleges devoted to the study of human, animal and plant life on one campus. The U of S innovation cluster is unmatched in Canada and includes the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron and Innovation Place, one of the largest research parks in North America. The CLS synchrotron is the only one in Canada and the only one in the world located on a university campus.

The newest research facility on campus is the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), which is currently in construction. When complete, InterVac will be one of the largest Containment Level 3 (CL3) vaccine research and development facilities in North America, studying CL3 diseases such as SARS, HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C.

Construction is also underway on the Academic Health Sciences Centre, a project which will facilitate a more integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to health care in Saskatchewan. Further collaboration between medicine, veterinary medicine, kinesiology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and nutrition, physical therapy and public health will feed into the development of a vibrant, modern health care system.

The university’s allocation of Canada Research Chairs (CRC) stands at 40, nearly a 30 per cent increase since the program began in 2000. Currently, 25 CRC positions are filled at the U of S.

U of S research has resulted in more than 100 new crop varieties, the first genetically engineered vaccine for animals, the first Canadian experiment undertaken aboard a space shuttle and the first comprehensive history of native residential schooling in Canada.

The U of S has produced two Nobel Laureates (Gerhard Herzberg and Henry Taube, both in chemistry), five Killam Fellowship winners and numerous Rhodes Scholars.

Other Services

The University Library system consists of one main library and seven branch libraries. Its holdings number over 1.9 million printed volumes in addition to over 3.5 million periodicals, government documents, microfilm resources, videos, recordings and kits.

The Learning Commons, located in the main library, opened in 2009. It is designed to provide a place for learning, research, discussion and access to technology, academic resources and support.

Books for all university programs and trade and professional material can be found at the University Bookstore. Four satellite shops on campus offer gift items, stationary and technical supplies.

The Campus Computer Store, located in Place Riel, stocks both hardware and software.

On-campus housing is available and currently accommodates about 1,500 students. The development of the College Quarter student residence project will begin in fall 2009 with phase one (400 beds) expected to be complete by fall 2011.

The Student Counseling Service, Student Health Centre, Student Financial Assistance and Awards Office, Student Employment and Career Centre, Aboriginal Students’ Centre, International Student Office and Disability Services for Students are all available to support students at the U of S.

Campus day care facilities are available for children 30 months old to six years old whose parent is a student, faculty member or staff member at the university.

There are 10 cafeterias on campus, in addition to the outlets operated by non-university companies. There is also a student restaurant and bar known as Louis’.

After Class

Inter-university teams at the U of S are known as the Huskies. Sports include men and women’s basketball, cross-country, ice hockey, soccer, track and field, wrestling and volleyball, and men’s football. Over 390 student athletes, managers and trainers make up Huskie Athletics.

Campus Recreation offers programs for all students on campus. Men’s, women’s and co-ed activities range from hockey to wall climbing. Campus Recreation also offers a wide range of sport clubs and special activity passes. The Physical Activity Complex (PAC) features a 13,000 sq ft fitness centre, a triple gymnasium and a 42-foot rock climbing wall. Other recreational facilities on campus include tennis courts, a curling rink, a hockey rink, two swimming pools and 11 sports fields.

Students interested in artistic pursuits can participate in Greystone Theatre, the university’s premiere drama troupe, or in one of eight instrumental and choral groups associated with the Department of Music. The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) is the official voice of the undergraduate student body, while the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) represents over 2,300 graduate students.

The Sheaf, the university’s student newspaper, began in 1912. It is operated as a collective and is run completely by the students.

Location and Community

The U of S currently holds 1,865 acres (750 hectares) of central city lands, with about 40 per cent used for the core campus and 60 per cent for agricultural teaching and research.

The total replacement cost of the university’s physical assets, including buildings and infrastructure, is estimated at $5 billion.

Sustainability is a priority at the U of S. The College of Law’s renovation and expansion project completed in 2008 was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards and is awaiting accreditation. More than half of the building is covered by a living roof, amounting to 640 sq m in total, which makes it the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan. A variety of low-growing sedum, perennials and grasses help insulate the building, decrease pollution and have an expected lifespan of 50 years. The facility is expected to be 55 per cent more energy efficient than a conventional structure, with substantially lower operating and maintenance costs.

Special constables, sworn in under the Saskatchewan Police Act, are always on duty. They work jointly with local municipal police to keep students and staff safe on campus. Campus Safety operates a 24-hour emergency dispatch centre, which includes a central alarm monitor station and over 450 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Six uniformed special constables work on each shift along with specialized officers in the areas of investigations, CCTV/alarm and digital enhancement and information technology security. Campus Safety has a shared radio frequency with the Saskatoon Police Service as well as Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services.

Arts and Culture

Discover the University of Saskatchewan – one of the most beautiful campuses in North America. There are a number of museums and art galleries to visit:

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