University of Regina Profile

Dr. William Riddell Centre and College West Residence

Dr. William Riddell Centre (right) and College West Residence (left) on main campus. Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

The University of Regina's main campus and historic original College Avenue campus, covering 930 acres, provide an attractive study and work environment for our students, faculty and staff.

The University 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 the Fall 2014, a total of 13,902 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University, including our three federated colleges: Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College.

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

Both the main campus and College Avenue campus 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.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year the University's operating expenditures were $183 million. The University also received nearly $18 million in research funding. Including capital and other spending, total expenditures were $241 million.

History of the University of Regina

We have a proud history of excellence in teaching, research and continual commitment to our community. More than one hundred years of excellence in education has created a university devoted to making a difference.

The University of Regina has its roots in Regina College, a small residential high school established by the Methodist church in 1911. It 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.

University of Regina alumni - numbering more than 64,000 - contribute to and build our society in Saskatchewan and in Canada, and are our ambassadors to the world. Our history, our accomplishments, our growth as a university stem from our commitment to working together for the good of our community, from local to global.

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 brings together many strands of thought to set 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.  

Find out more about our plan and priorities on the strategic plan website.

Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport at the University. Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

Our Programs

The University offers specialized programs in a number of areas including journalism, social work, media production and studies, actuarial science, petroleum engineering, fine arts, software systems, education, police studies, health studies, public policy, business administration, and many others. We are proud that our undergraduate Petroleum Systems Engineering Program is one of the largest in North America.

In the fall 2011, the University began accepting students into the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. This program is offered collaboratively by faculty from the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). In September 2014, the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), an online master’s program, was launched.

University programs – like the nursing program – have grown in response to the needs of the province; the balance of scholarship, research and public service is attracting students and international attention. We are proud that we were 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 of the depth we have developed in the critical area of experiential learning. Ours was the first university in Western Canada to offer a co-operative education program and our graduates leave our campus prepared to succeed in the world. The Co-operative Education & Internships Program is available in arts, business administration, engineering and science (computer science, physics, chemistry and biochemistry, and mathematics and statistics including actuarial science internships). In addition to our traditional co-operative programs we offer a wide variety of internship opportunities.

The confidence we feel in our students and their success is expressed through the UR Guarantee Program. This offering provides students with access to critical academic, leadership and service opportunities throughout their undergraduate study. Once a student successfully completes the UR Guarantee Program, s/he should possess the skills and knowledge necessary to start his or her career within six months of graduation. If the student is not successful, the University will pay for one year's worth (30 credits) of additional undergraduate tuition and course fees. Other examples of program innovation and excellence include:

  • The Humanities Research Institute, which provides a catalyst for productive workshops, lectures and conferences.

  • The Centre on Aging and Health, the only gerontology research centre in the province.

  • The Bachelor of Health Studies Program, which emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of health care, drawing on both the social and natural sciences. The program is unique in its emphasis on understanding the health needs of Indigenous peoples.

  • The Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, a centre of excellence in graduate business education within the Faculty of Business Administration.

  • The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, which provides a foundation of theory, practice and research to prepare students for careers in public management, public policy research or the non-profit and private sectors.

  • The Institut français, which is committed to the professional, linguistic and cultural development of la francophonie by providing access to post-secondary courses, programs and services in French. It also includes a centre of research that is national in scope and recognition.

North & South Residences

North and South Residences. Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

Federated Colleges

The University of Regina works closely with its three federated colleges offering excellence and diversity in educational experiences:

  • First Nations University of Canada

    The University of Regina recognized the important need to promote First Nations research and scholarship and increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. That commitment led to the creation of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) in 1976. In 2005, SIFC became known as the First Nations University of Canada, an independently governed post-secondary institution, federated with the University of Regina to fulfill a vision of creating greater opportunity for Canada's Aboriginal people to excel and prosper in today's world.

  • Campion College

    A Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts college, Campion College provides a unique university experience characterized by a strong sense of community and focus on personal support.

  • Luther College

    Luther College is a university within a university. Its focus is on teaching and on being student-centered. Luther College teaches a variety of courses within the faculties of Arts, Fine Arts and Science. Students may also begin several pre-professional programs through Luther.

Partnering With Other Universities

Over the last three decades the University has developed meaningful and lasting relationships with prominent universities in China as well as trusted relationships with representatives of the People's National Congress. In 2011, we celebrated those relationships and the cross-cultural understanding and partnerships which have resulted. Our international reach continues to extend outwards with positive results.

Innovative Research

Our Strategic Research Plan will guide 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:

  • 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 by 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.

College Avenue Campus

Historic College Avenue Campus. Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

Campus Growth

The University of Regina has experienced impressive physical expansion. From 1994 to 2009 campus development led to an increase of more than 1.3 million square feet responding to the needs of our faculty, our researchers and our students.

In 2002, the addition of 66,000 square feet in a two-storey expansion of the Education Building helped to accommodate state-of-the-art classrooms and case rooms. Further campus expansion has provided accommodation for the Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre and research projects focused on developing new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In the fall of 2004, three new buildings opened:

  • a $38 million, 697-bed residence, which doubled capacity on campus

  • a $32 million Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

  • the first phase of a $5.6 million emergency energy centre

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. The Research and Innovation Centre is just one example of our commitment to creating a modern campus while being fully aware of the environmental values associated with smart design. Over the same period of campus expansion the University has realized an overall reduction in carbon emissions by decreasing heating and power consumption by 35 per cent - resulting in annual savings of more than $2 million.

In 2011, the University launched an ambitious plan to revitalize our historic College Avenue campus, which began as Regina College.  The College Building, the Conservatory and Darke Hall will be fully restored and adaptively reused as a fundamental part of the University of Regina. After revitalization, the campus will serve as a provincial and national destination, integrating academic programming with outreach and training for both public and private sector professionals.

In April 2013, the University announced construction of a new campus residence, daycare and underground parkade. The project, scheduled to be completed by Fall 2015, will provide an additional 605 on-campus beds, 90 new daycare spaces and 150 underground parking stalls.

Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)

Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Photo: U of R Photography Dept.

University’s Impact on the 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 July 2012 report – Fuelling the Surge: The University of Regina’s Role in Saskatchewan’s Growth (1.99 MB) – by the Conference Board of Canada describes the University’s impact.