As the American Revolutionary War drew to a close, thousands of Loyalists gathered in New York City to await transportation to homes in other British Colonies. Among these Loyalists were Charles Inglis, a former interim President of King’s College, New York (Columbia University); Benjamin Moore, later President of Columbia; and Jonathan Odell, minister, poet and pamphleteer. These men were the visionaries of their day. In the midst of war, privation and exile, they drew up a plan for the future education of their sons in the Nova Scotia wilderness.
UNB began with a petition presented to Governor Thomas Carleton on 13 December 1785. Headed by William Paine, Carleton was asked to grant a charter of incorporation for an “academy or school of liberal arts and sciences,” which they maintained would result in many “public advantages and conveniences.” In addition, the “principal Officers of disbanded Corps and other Inhabitants” in and around the provincial capital of Fredericton asked that the Governor reserve a substantial grant of land in support of this academy. Two centuries later, the campus of Saint John, located in New Brunswick’s largest city, was established in 1964.
UNB, a major provincial and national institution, has more than 11,400 undergraduate and graduate students on its campuses. There are 14 faculties on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses where a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs are offered:
The College of Extended Learning makes UNB accessible around the world through distance education and web-based courses.
UNB’s faculty of law ranks among the top five in Canada (Canadian Lawyer Magazine).
In fall 2010, UNB Saint John, in partnership with Dalhousie University and the government of New Brunswick, became home to the province’s first English-language medical school.
The University enters its third century proudly treasuring its past and eagerly facing the challenges of the future.
-Excerpts from the University of New Brunswick consortium’s website
New Brunswick is the largest of Canada’s three Maritime provinces. It is located under Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine.
The City of Fredericton is full of fun things to do. A beautiful Cultural Capital of Canada, the city is host to a ton of festivals and special events such as the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues festival, public art shows, and cultural events celebrating everything from Asian to French heritage. Fredericton is naturally beautiful city situated alongside the Saint John River. Stretching along the river is a 5 km long pathway system called the Green, which is connected to the other 60 km of walking/running paths that wind throughout the city. The capital also boasts the leafy, path-filled Odell Park for all the runners out there.
The City of Saint John has a bustling nightlife with a uniquely Maritime feel. As it’s a port city on the waterfront, a lot of Saint John’s activity takes place on the waterfront boardwalk. The area is flooded with specialty shops, quaint bars, pubs, and coffee shops, and all the friendly people you’d care to meet. In the summer there are a ton of festivals and live shows, and in the winter there are cozy little restaurants and cafes to go to with friends, as well as holiday craft shows and regular concerts at Harbour Station.
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