MacEwan University

Founded 1971 | Edmonton, AB

MacEwan University, in the heart of downtown Edmonton, emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning; most classrooms seat between 10 and 50 people. The school offers 13 bachelor’s programs, including an applied bachelor’s degree, as well as 31 diploma and certificate programs. MacEwan’s tiered entrance scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are available for students with high school averages of 80 per cent and higher.

“A university education isn’t just about content; it’s about intent,” says president Annette Trimbee. “MacEwan is a downtown university focused on teaching and mentorship, so as our students pursue their education, they are also adding to the vibrancy of our city and its communities—bringing with them new energy, fresh ideas and a keen interest in tackling the issues of our time.”

The main campus’ contemporary design offers open spaces and plenty of spots to work and study. A second-level walkway connects the university’s buildings, except for the residence. Allard Hall provides classrooms, performance areas, recording and broadcast studios, and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. At the kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre in the Robbins Health Learning Centre, students can access cultural advice, ceremonial spaces, a kitchen and computers. The SAMU building (student union centre) offers study spaces and amenities. Step off campus and you’re surrounded by bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping in downtown Edmonton.

Campus Buzz

A vacant lot in downtown Edmonton will be the site of a new building for the university’s school of business. 

Standout Programs

• Nursing: The program’s Clinical Simulation Centre reflects a real-world environment where students can hone practical skills and critical thinking, interacting with computerized mannequins, anatomical models, digital learning platforms and patient-actors.

• Commerce: Students in this flexible program begin with business basics before moving on to specialize in their area of interest. The program offers non-business electives, as well as opportunities for networking, co-op and international study.

• Early Childhood Education: This program approaches early childhood learning with a focus on equity, social justice and advocacy. Students gain experience working with children at MacEwan’s childcare centre and in community field placements.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 65% | Science: 70% | Commerce: 70%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,131 | Part-time: 3,117

International Students: First-year: 5.3%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 846 (423 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,624 to $9,200

Cool Courses

• First Peoples and The Arts: Explore the place of art in Indigenous cultures to gain an awareness of their perspectives.

• Work Integrated Learning Within a Class Setting: Students meet weekly to discuss work integrated experiences encountered through various related work placements.

Student Life on Campus

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