University of Alberta

University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1908


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The research-intensive University of Alberta offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs. Located south of the Legislature Building at one end of Whyte Avenue, where Edmontonians shop and socialize, the main campus is a serene green space surrounded by newer steel-and-glass buildings devoted to engineering, science and medicine. “The University of Alberta offers students an outstanding educational experience that both prepares and inspires them to contribute to the betterment of their community, the province, the nation and the world,” says president David Turpin. With an endowment that topped $1.2 billion in 2015, U of A is home to three $10-million Canada Excellence Research Chairs and it averages nearly $500 million in annual research funding. Undergraduates receive a strong foundation from professors who have been awarded more 3M National Teaching Fellowships than any other university. U of A has three other campuses in Edmonton, including francophone Campus Saint-Jean. The close-knit Augustana Campus is in nearby Camrose. The university attracts 6,500 international students and hosts more than 400 student clubs and associations.

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Standout Programs

Computing Science: In one of the first programs of its kind in Canada, students learn from top artificial intelligence and game theory researchers—pioneers whose achievements include solving checkers and heads-up limit hold’em poker.

Radiation Therapy: This science program gives undergrads the hands-on clinical and research experience they need to become licensed radiation therapists, who are highly sought after in the field of cancer care.

Nanotechnology: After a common year, undergraduate engineers can specialize in a number of nanotechnology majors. On campus, the National Institute for Nanotechnology contains an acoustically shielded lab and microscopes for research at an atomic scale.

Cool Courses

Computers and Games: Each student team builds a complete module for a game engine, leading to a beta and gold release of their games. The course is capped off with an award ceremony recognizing the best games from both terms.

Mountains 101: In the fall of 2016, this online course in interdisciplinary mountain studies will be available free online to learners around the globe, or for credit to U of A students.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 72%-80%
Science: 82%-85%
$6,511 1st & 2nd year: 60.7
3rd & 4th year: 26.0
Full-time: 28,126
Part-time: 2,063
5,324 (2,540 reserved for first years) Graduation: 77.5%
Retention: 91.7%

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