The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) was established in 1907, just two years after the creation of the province, to serve the post-secondary needs of Saskatchewan and beyond. The first classes began in 1909 with 70 students registered. Located in Saskatoon, the U of S is the largest post-secondary institution in the province.
Today, the U of S offers 58 undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 100 disciplines and hosts students from around the world. In fall 2009, 19,655 students were enrolled full-time or part-time, including 1,628 students who self-declared aboriginal ancestry. In 2009, our graduate student enrolment increased by 40 per cent from the year before, to 2,591 students.
In 1912, the College Building became the first building constructed on the U of S campus; it has since been declared a provincial heritage building and a national historic site. The university occupies 1,865 acres of land within the Saskatoon city limits, with about 40 per cent used for the core campus and 60 per cent for agricultural teaching and research.
The U of S is home to a unique innovation cluster that includes: the Canadian Light Source, the only synchrotron in Canada and the only one in the world located on a university campus; the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, a world leader in the research and development of vaccine and immunity-enhancing technologies for humans and animals; Canada’s largest toxicology centre; Innovation Place, one of the most successful research parks in North America; a complete range of health science colleges; and, currently under construction, the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) which will be one of the largest containment level-3 vaccine research and development facilities in North America.
Other construction projects include: the Academic Health Sciences project, the single biggest building project in the history of the U of S; the $28.5 million renovation and expansion of the Place Riel Student Centre; and new student residences, supporting the university’s commitment to student experience. Along with InterVac, these projects represent the largest building boom in the university’s history.
Guiding the university’s direction is its Integrated Plan, entitled Toward an Engaged University. The plan commits the U of S to three priorities: improving the undergraduate and graduate student experience, both inside and outside the classroom; enhancing the university’s profile in research, scholarly and artistic work; and working together more effectively across unit and institutional boundaries.
Remaining a top priority at the U of S is student success. It is a priority to which colleges and departments across campus are committed, and is reflected in the success of our graduates. More than 141,000 individuals have received degrees, diplomas and certificates from the U of S. Our graduates, backed by a rich and rigorous education, help solve real-world problems in Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world.