Grenfell Campus

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Motto Latin: Provehito In Altum
Motto in English
Launch forth into the deep
Type Public
Established 1975
President Dr. Gary Kachanoski
Vice-president Dr. Jeff Keshen[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,300
Location Corner Brook, NL, Canada
Campus Urban 185 acres (74.867 ha)

Grenfell Campus, formerly Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, is a campus of the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), located in the city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The campus has approximately 1,300 students enrolled in degree programs for the arts, education, fine arts, science, resource management and nursing. Many students from around the province also attend the school for the first- and second-year course offerings before transferring to Memorial University's larger campus in St. John's.


A view of the Grenfell campus in 2005. The location of this photograph is the site of the new Arts and Science Atrium.
The newly constructed extension to the Arts and Science building, seen in August 2013.

The campus opened in 1975 as Memorial University's West Coast Regional College with Dr. Arthur Sullivan as its principal. The facility was renamed in 1979 in honour of British medical missionary pioneer Wilfred Grenfell. The original building is now known as the Arts and Science Building. In 1988, the campus' second building opened - the Fine Arts Building.

Grenfell Campus saw significant expansion in the 1990s and early 2000s with new student housing and academic buildings constructed. In 1995, the Library and Computing Building opened; and in 1997, the Student Centre annex was added to the Arts and Science Building. In 1998, the Forest Centre opened, which houses not only laboratory and classroom space, but also research offices for Natural Resources Canada, among others. In 2001, Grenfell opened its chalet apartments; the campus was then able to accommodate more than 400 students in student housing. And in 2014, the new Residence Complex was officially opened, increasing student housing capacity to 600 students.

Grenfell Campus played a critical role in helping Corner Brook host the 1999 Canada Winter Games with its residences being used to house athletes. The city's "Canada Games Centre" civic centre opened in 1997, adjacent to the Grenfell campus. Today, the civic centre is known as the "Pepsi Centre," and is now run by Memorial University through Western Sports and Entertainment. On April 1, 2005, the College introduced a wireless local area network in areas of the campus which underwent major upgrades again in 2012.

In Newfoundland and Labrador's 2007 provincial budget, it was announced that Sir Wilfred Grenfell College would become an autonomous university within a single university system. In late 2009, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that Sir Wilfred Grenfell College would be undergoing several changes, including its own budget and a name change for the campus to include the 'Memorial University brand' and remove the 'College' appellation.[2] However, the announcement fell short of offering the campus true status as a university (within the Memorial system), much to the anger and disappointment of many local residents.[3][4]

On September 10, 2010, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College was renamed "Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland".[5] The campus has since undergone a major facelift with the expansion of the Arts and Science building which includes additional science laboratories, a herbarium, digital media labs, and an astronomical observatory. On June 11, 2012, the campus unveiled its new logo to the public,[6] which was rolled out in addition to a new marketing campaign entitled "Find Your Corner."[7] New soil science laboratories, the Boreal Ecosystem Research facility, attached to the Forest Centre, also opened in Summer 2013. In 2016, Western Health closed the nursing school residence in the wake of the 2016 provincial budget. Monaghan Hall, located at Western Regional Memorial Hospital, had 69 rooms and closed that September.[8]

Grenfell Campus introduced a Dean academic structure in 2016, replacing the previous college-style Department Head structure.[9]

In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Grenfell Campus and planted a Forget-Me-Not at the Danger Tree site memorial.[10]


Memorial University, with the inclusion of the Grenfell Campus, is the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador, and one of only a few universities in Atlantic Canada, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, which includes instruction in Theatre and the Visual Arts. Grenfell also specializes in environmental programs, offering a Bachelor of Science in environmental science (both Biology and Chemistry), Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Resource Management, and a Masters in Environmental Policy. In total, Grenfell now offers undergraduate degrees in fifteen disciplines: English, Environmental Studies, Historical Studies, Humanities, Business, Psychology, Social/Cultural Studies, Tourism Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts, Computational Mathematics, Environmental Science, General Science, Physics, Psychology, Nursing, and Sustainable Resource Management. Grenfell also offers an undergraduate education degree in co-operation with the Education department on the St. John's campus.

In 2013, Grenfell Campus established its first graduate program with its Masters of Arts in Environmental policy studies.[11]

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Coordinates: 48°56′24″N 57°55′56″W / 48.94009°N 57.93220°W / 48.94009; -57.93220