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 2016, 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.

Drama: The technical theatre program blends practical behind-the-scenes skills with the business of theatre and production.

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

Mountain Backcountry Field Skills: The high alpine meadows, snow slopes and glaciers of the spectacular Selkirk Mountains are the classroom for this week-long condensed summer course in a backcountry camp accessible only by helicopter.

Teachers and Students as Cyborgs: Digital technologies have transformed how we teach and learn so much that we are becoming human cyborgs—hybrids fitted with technology that extends our abilities and influence. This course, offered by the faculty of education, explores the implications of this technological shift to how we teach and learn.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 70%-80%
Science: 80%-85%
$6,370 1st & 2nd year: 56.6
3rd & 4th year: 24.2
Undergraduates: 29,649
Graduates: 7,204
5,191 (2,200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 78.8%
Retention: 92.2%

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