University of Lethbridge

Founded 1967 | Lethbridge, AB

The University of Lethbridge’s University Hall is surrounded by green hills that make it look like a ship amid an emerald ocean—fitting for a school that is always charting new territory. The Agility initiative prepares students for 21st-century careers through hands-on workshops, innovation zones equipped with cutting-edge tools, and resources, as well as scholarships and research grants that ignite ideas and bring them to life. With campuses in Lethbridge and downtown Calgary, the school has star academics working in niche areas, and classes are small enough that undergrads can share in professors’ discoveries.

“Our faculty members are amongst the world’s leading researchers in a breadth of disciplines,” says Mike Mahon, who is wrapping up 13 years as president. (Digvir Jayas will succeed him.) “What sets us apart is that they are not just working in the field; they are in the classroom, teaching students and involving students in that research work from the time they are undergraduate students through their graduate programs.”

Lethbridge has roots as a liberal arts university and fosters an impressive fine arts community. Students in the Dhillon School of Business have a high-tech trading centre and spacious team workspace on both campuses. Lethbridge is creating opportunities and support for Indigenous youth through a partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Mastercard Foundation. All students can take part in work-integrated learning opportunities that can be recorded and shared with future employers in the MyExperience Transcript.

Standout Programs

• Neuroscience: This program provides extensive theory as well as hands-on experience with the latest technology. Undergrads can take part in research.

• New Media/Management: Students gain a competitive edge studying fine arts, such as animation, web design and screenwriting, as well as pursuing business studies in areas such as marketing, accounting and management policy.

• Computer Science: Students develop technical skills while receiving a solid grounding in liberal education. The program offers experiential learning and co-op.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

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

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 6,934 | Part-time: 817

Graduates: Full-time: 543 | Part-time: 212

International Students: First-year: 6.6%

Graduate: 24.1%

Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 1,010 (526 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,980

Single room with meals: $9,460 to $11,358

Apartment-style: $5,800 to $10,856

Cool Courses

• Archaeological Field Work: Students learn about excavation techniques, documentation and the challenges of field research.

• Men’s Health: Taking a holistic perspective, the course presents the psychological, biomedical and socially constructed risk factors that can affect men’s health.

Student Life on Campus

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