Brief Background

The University of Saskatchewan is situated on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was founded in 1907. The university is recognised as one of the top research-driven and medical doctoral universities in Canada and houses an exceptional array of facilities and different types of equipment. It’s learning is customized specifically for the students keeping in mind the global scenario. The university is home to several colleges and schools such as Agriculture and Bioresources, Arts and Science, Dentistry, Education, Edwards School of Business, Engineering, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Environment and Sustainability, School of Rehabilitation Science, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan Language Centre and Western College of Veterinary Medicine. It also has Theological and Affiliated Colleges such as  Briercrest College, College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Horizon College and Seminary (Formerly known as Central Pentecostal College),  Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Andrew's Colleges, St. Peter's College and Gabriel Dumont College.

Infrastructure

The university has an enormous number of buildings of historic and architectural significance, some of which are Agriculture Building, Animal Science Building, Bovine Teaching Unit, Curling Rink, Edwards School of Business Building, Health Sciences Building, Observatory, Qu’Appelle Hall Addition and Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. Some of the university’s notable research facilities include VIDO-InterVac (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization -International Vaccine Centre), Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The University Library is stocked with articles, journals, books, databases, theses, and more. Its recent enhancements include staff workspace in the Murray Library, wall-sized way-finding signage in the Murray Library, and a bookable presentation practice room in the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library.

Residing options

The university provides the students with a number of on-campus residing options inclusive of meal plans, facilities for easy access to the campus buildings and necessary utilities. Some of these residing options are as follows: Voyageur Place, College Quarter, McEown Park, Graduate House. The university also provides help with off-campus housing such as the Homestay program wherein the international students can choose to stay with local families. The university also offers a number of affiliated residing options near the campus such as Luther Residence, Mohyla Institute, St. Andrew’s Residence, Horizon College and Seminary Residence and College and Wiggins Residence. There is also the facility of Housing Registry wherein landlord seeking student tenants post available accommodation spaces that students can check out. The accommodation fees charges by each residence building are as follows, Voyageur Place charges $10,048.70 for single and $9,058.70 for double. The students also receive an Unlimited Dining Meal Plan through Marquis Hall. College Quarter charges $6,416.00 to $8,360.00 depending on whether the student is taking a Studio Unit, Four Bedroom Unit or One Bedroom Unit. McEown Park and Graduate House Fall charges range between $1,060.00/month and $3,904.00 depending on the choice of room.

Financial aid

 The university provides students applying for admission with the Guaranteed Entrance Scholarship depending upon their admission average. For example, 95%+ average is awarded a scholarship of $3,000, $2,000 for 93% to 94.9% and so on. The university also provides Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships wherein students are awarded scholarships based on academics, leadership and contributions to school and community life. Five of such scholarships are known as Circle of Honour Awards and are designated for Indigenous students. Some of the other scholarships within this section include George and Marsha Ivany President’s First & Best Scholarships valued at $40,000 ($10,000/year over four years), Chancellors’ Scholarships valued at $30,000 ($7,500/year over four years), U of S Entrance Scholarships valued at $24,000 ($6,000/year over four years), Edwards Undergraduate Scholarships valued at $24,000 ($6,000/year over four years) and College of Agriculture and Bioresources Renewable Entrance Scholarships valued at $12,000 ($3,000/year over four years). Some of the other awards given by the university are Competitive Entrance Awards, International student awards, Transfer awards and Off-campus awards to name a few.

Jobs and Placements

The graduates of the university have rated 4 out of 5 stars for jobs satisfaction on Payscale. The university facilitates SECC (Student Employment and Career Center) which provides the students and alumni with necessary resources for career growth such as Job postings and Volunteer opportunities, ResumeTalks, Career Coaching, InterviewTalks and Mock Interviews and Career Assessments. It also organizes a number of career events such as Career Fairs, CareerMeetUps and Employer Sessions. The students can also explore the CareerLink to search for on or off-campus full or part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities while studying. Some of the top recruiters of the university are VendAsta; University of Saskatchewan; Cameco Corporation; Bayer Cropscience; Saskatoon Health Region. 

Location

USask is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Western Canada. The most feasible transport option for the students and faculty is the U-pass which is the Saskatoon Transit bus pass and is included in the student's fees. The routes and timings can be accessed through the Transit App. Taxi service is also available through certain suggested companies such as Captain Taxi, Provincial Car Service Ltd., and Uber. There is also the option of carpooling through the  UCommute which is a commute tracking service available within PAWS. Those who wish to travel by flight can take the Saskatoon Airport, while the most reliable rail commuting option is the VIA Rail Canada. Saskatoon is relatively affordable as compared to other Canadian cities. The university also houses the Student Wellness Centre which offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to U of S students and their spouses and children. Some of its services include Doctor and nurse appointments, Mental health assessment, consulting and counselling, Nutritional counselling, Sexual health care including contraception counselling and STI prevention, testing and treatment and Massage therapy, to name a few. Outside of the academic sphere, the city of Saskatoon is a vibrant site of cultural and recreational activities such as Camping, fishing, music events, sports games, golf, a wide range of cuisine and shopping options.
 



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