University of Calgary

Founded 1966 | Calgary, AB

The University of Calgary is a young university in a dynamic city. Located in the country’s energy capital, the school has long been a leader in energy and engineering. But it’s also attuned to the province’s wider needs, including economic diversification, environmental stewardship and healthy communities. U of C produces leading thinkers in mental health, public policy, applied sciences—even the study of outer space.

“At the University of Calgary, we think and act with a global mindset and commit to leadership in sustainable ways of living, working and learning,” says president Ed McCauley. “We are building tremendous momentum in the areas that matter most to our community: meaningful student experiences; high-impact research and scholarship; enriched teaching and learning; and strong partnerships at the local, national and international level.”

The main campus mixes old and new buildings with green spaces and underground tunnels that help students escape cold winters. Construction is underway on a new state-of-the-art building for the Haskayne School of Business. Opening later this year, Mathison Hall will be a student-centred learning environment that houses classrooms and study spaces as well as student advising and career services.

Standout Programs

• Biomedical Engineering: The program blends medicine, engineering, science and other disciplines, preparing students to tackle real-world health challenges. It offers experiential learning, collaboration, paid work experience and study abroad.

• Pluralism and Global Citizenship: Students can enhance their degree by adding this embedded certificate that develops an awareness of how institutions, society and individuals recognize and respect diversity. Embedded certificates are offered at no extra cost in several other areas.

• Kinesiology/Dance: This five-year program combines a bachelor of kinesiology with a B.A. in dance, exploring the relationship between the sciences, arts and humanities. Students may also pursue a Healthy Dance Practice Certificate.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 75-85.5% · Science: 78-95% · Commerce: 82% · Engineering: 85%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 26,733 · Part-time: 1,507

Graduates: Full-time: 6,116 · Part-time: 717

International Students: First-year: 13.9% ·

Graduate: 31%

Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 3,100 (1,295 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,878 to $12,168 · Single room with meals: $10,480 to $12,751 · Apartment-style: $5,760 to $8,888

Cool Courses

• Mammoths to Maize, Medicine Wheels and Warriors: This introduction to archeology on the Northern Canadian Plains explores physical, cultural and social change during the past 12,000 years.

• Principles of Innovation: Examine innovation and how it can generate economic and social benefits. The course combines in-person and online studies.

Student Life on Campus

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