University of Regina Profile

Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green
Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green on main campus.

The University of Regina is home to 10 faculties and 25 academic departments which have established reputations for excellence and innovative programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

In Fall 2014, approximately 14,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University and our three federated colleges: Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College. Our Colleges bring excellence and diversity to the educational experience we offer.

Our campuses in Regina and Saskatoon are located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 land. In Regina, our main campus and historic College Avenue campus utilize 239 acres and provide an attractive study and work environment for our students, faculty and staff. Both Regina campuses are located in Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in North America and the first in Canada to be created by a tri-level government/education partnership.


The University of Regina has roots in Regina College, a small residential high school established by the Methodist church in 1911. The College grew in size and significance becoming a campus of the University of Saskatchewan and, ultimately, an independent degree granting university – the University of Regina – in 1974.


Our alumni – numbering approximately 66,000 – contribute to and build our society in Saskatchewan and in Canada, and are our ambassadors to the world. Our history, our accomplishments, and our growth as a university stem from our commitment to working together for the good of our local and global communities.

College Avenue Campus
Historic College Avenue Campus.

2015-2020 Strategic Plan

On November 4, 2014, the Board of Governors approved the University’s 2015-2020 strategic plan. Entitled peyak aski kikawinaw – Cree for “We are one with Mother Earth” – the plan builds on our rich heritage, recognizes the growing importance of our place in the world, and sets forth a bold collective vision for the future.  

The plan identifies and expands upon three key priorities – student success, research impact, and commitment to our communities – and includes Indigenization and sustainability as overarching areas of emphasis that contribute to our shared vision of being a national leader in developing educated contributors, career-ready learners, and global citizens while generating meaningful, high impact scholarship.  


We offer more than 120 undergraduate programs and 78 graduate programs, including many specialized programs such as police studies and public policy.

Our Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers a number of undergraduate programs aimed at preparing students for careers in petroleum engineering, software systems engineering, environmental systems engineering and electronic and industrial systems engineering. All are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

In 2015, our Faculty of Arts joined a handful of Canadian universities to offer an undergraduate program in philosophy, politics and economics – an internationally-acclaimed designation offered by major universities including Oxford and Yale. Arts also welcomed their first Master’s of Journalism class in September 2015.

La Cité universitaire francophone is a hub for the study of French language and culture of French-speaking regions and countries across the world. La Cité offers a complete range of programming in French as a second language that meets the needs of learners from beginners to advanced levels.

Kisik Towers student residence
Kīšik Towers student residence.

In Fall 2011, the University accepted students into the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. This program is offered collaboratively by the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. In September 2014, the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), an online master’s program, was launched.

University programs such as nursing respond to the needs of the province; the balance of scholarship, research and public service is attracting students and international attention. We are proud to be the first Canadian university to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Police Studies. The program has resulted in important partnerships with police services in the province and beyond. We are also proud to offer innovative interdisciplinary degree programs. The Creative Technologies interdisciplinary program, based in the Faculty of Fine Arts, brings together artists, scientists, and cultural theorists who can choose from a wide array of courses in engineering, computer science, and fine arts, such as new media, film production, animation and software design.

Experiential Learning

We are leaders in the critical area of experiential learning, and our graduates leave our campus prepared to succeed in the world.  In 1969 we were the first university in Western Canada to offer co-operative placements and now offer the Co-operative Education & Internships Program in more than 50 programs across arts, business administration, engineering and science (computer science, physics, chemistry and biochemistry, and mathematics and statistics including actuarial science internships).

In addition to traditional co-operative programs and internship opportunities, our UR Guarantee Program provides students with access to critical academic, leadership and service opportunities throughout their undergraduate study. Students successfully completing the program should possess the skills and knowledge necessary to start their careers within six months of graduation. If a student is not successful, the University will pay for one year's worth (30 credits) of additional undergraduate tuition and course fees.

Paskwaw Tower and Wakpa Tower student residences
Paskwāw Tower (north tower) and Wakpá Tower (south tower) student residence.

Global Partnerships

We work with community stakeholders, government organizations and funding agencies at home and around the world and have partnered with academic institutions globally to provide opportunities to collaborate on teaching, research, and community-development. In 2015 alone the University fostered nearly 90 formal study abroad exchange agreements in 30 countries, for undergraduate students, as well as a number of partnerships allowing faculty to conduct teaching and research abroad. Our international reach continues to extend outwards with positive results.

Research That Has Impact

The University is home to more than 400 active researchers, including faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and nine Canada Research Chairs. Several institutes, centres, laboratories, and facilities on campus support research collaboration and partnerships focused on our research strengths. Indigenous research is a growing focus as we encourage and support Indigenous ways of knowing. Several centres and institutes reflect this in projects and partnerships.

Our Strategic Research Plan guides our research and scholarly endeavours through 2015. The plan identifies three signature themes and accompanying sub-themes of demonstrated and sustained excellence, namely:

  • Sustainable development (energy and natural resources; environment)

  • Human development (health; human justice, safety and security; arts; culture and heritage)

  • Knowledge creation and discovery (information and communication; pure discovery-based research; community-based research).

Our commitment to discovery and opportunity extends beyond our campus and also finds its meaning in research undertaken through community and international partnerships:

  • Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)
    Research and Innovation Centre (RIC).

    The University of Regina achieved top ranking among comprehensive universities in international research collaboration by Research InfoSource. The rankings are based on the proportion of publications at each institution co-authored with researchers outside of Canada. For the period 2008-2012, over 51 percent of all publications by University of Regina researchers were co-authored with researchers abroad.

  • Two University of Regina professors were selected as visiting scholars by Fulbright Canada for the 2014-2015 year. The University of Regina is the only Canadian institution to have had two Fulbright Scholars selected this year, receiving two of only 11 placements in this prestigious scholarly exchange program to the United States.

Campus Growth

Recent campus growth is built on our history and a commitment to sustainability.

Completed in 2008, our Research and Innovation Centre received national attention from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada when it was profiled as an example of excellence in functional design in Award, the Magazine of Sustainable Architecture, Construction and Design.

In 2011, the University launched an ambitious plan to revitalize our historic College Avenue campus. The College Building, the Conservatory and Darke Hall will be fully restored and adaptively reused as a fundamental part of the University of Regina. In 2015, the University contracted Regina-based architectural firm P3 Architecture Partners (P3A) in association with heritage experts Donald Luxton and Associates to lead this project. The revitalized campus will serve as a provincial and national destination, integrating academic programming with outreach and training for both public and private sector professionals.

In September 2015, the University opened a new building, called Kīšik Towers, providing an additional 605 beds for students in residence, 90 new daycare spaces and 150 underground parking stalls. The new construction is an example of our commitment to sustainability – an overarching area of emphasis outlined in our strategic plan. Using leading-edge in-floor heating and cooling systems, heat recovery, LED lighting, and occupancy-based controls, Kīšik Towers will realize efficiency improvements of more than 25 per cent over our award-winning Paskwāw and Wakpā Tower project that was completed in 2005.

Also in 2015, the University kicked off the 2016 Campus Master Planning process, to envision the longer-term development of our campuses.

Darke Hall
Darke Hall on College Avenue campus.

Building Community

The University helps create capacity for social, cultural and economic development, and has long been recognized as a major player in strengthening and diversifying the local economy.

The University and federated colleges together employ approximately 2,500 people. As well, 970 full-time jobs in other organizations in Saskatchewan and another 570 outside the province result from spending by the University, its students and visitors.

Our operating budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year is just over $207 million. This is the 21st consecutive year the University has balanced its operating budget.

Our community reach is further extended through the College Avenue campus – a centre for educational outreach into the community. Home to the University’s Centre for Continuing Education – including the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Conservatory of Performing Arts – each year, the College Avenue Campus serves approximately 8,000 learners, including 1,100 students through English as a Second Language programming and 2,300 who benefit from programming at the Lifelong Learning Centre. The Campus is also home to Darke Hall – an historic gem used as public concert and event space.

Fall 2015 will mark the seventh annual Community Connections Tour – an opportunity for senior leadership to tour the province and forge partnerships beyond the campus.

Updated: September 2015