Higher Education in New Brunswick

Higher education in New Brunswick (also referred to as postsecondary education) refers to education provided by higher education institutions in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Higher education has a rich history in New Brunswick. The first English-language university in Canada was the University of New Brunswick. Mount Allison University was the first in the British Empire to award a baccalaureate to a woman, Grace Annie Lockhart, B.Sc. in 1875. Education is the responsibility of the provinces in Canada and there is no federal ministry governing it.

New Brunswick's Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, is led on the Post-Secondary side by the Honourable Roger Melanson. The department provides a major portion of post-secondary revenue, but universities and colleges alike remain relatively independent in their governance structures. New Brunswick has four public chartered universities, three private chartered universities, and three private for-profit universities recognized under the Degree Granting Act. There are two autonomous English and French community college corporations established under the New Brunswick Community Colleges Act and two other specialized colleges.