University of Calgary

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1966


University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a young university in a dynamic city. A location in the country’s energy capital has its ups (excellent job opportunities, usually) and its downs (downswings in the sector are felt here first). “We’re achieving the high standards we’ve set before us, as we near the goal of becoming a top-five research institute in the country,” says president Elizabeth Cannon. As the university strives to achieve its goal, it is “grounded in innovative learning and teaching, and fully integrated with the community of Calgary and beyond,” says Cannon. The school is a leader in energy and engineering, but also produces leading thinkers in public policy, applied sciences—even outer space. The main campus is a mix of old and new buildings with green spaces and underground tunnels that help students escape cold winters. Among recent additions are two residences, as well as an institute dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning experiences across campus, which opened in spring 2016. A $174-million-expansion to the Schulich School of Engineering opened to students later that same year. The expansion provides space for 400 more engineering students.

READ: An insider look at a young and confident university

Standout Programs

International Indigenous Studies: This interdisciplinary program lays a strong foundation for understanding indigeneity in a Canadian context and then proceeds to explore indigenous issues across the globe.

Engineering and Commerce: This five-year B.Sc. (Eng) and B.Com. joint program prepares students for entrepreneurial opportunities in an evolving technology-based economy.

Education—Community-Based: Students take much of the course work online, and come together on campus for intensive face-to-face instruction. Classroom practicum experience is offered in the student’s community wherever possible.

Cool Courses

Talk About Sexual Assault: This thought-provoking and interactive course discusses how victims, perpetrators, and sexual violence are represented (or not) in talk about sexual assault and why this talk matters.

The Culture of the Calgary Stampede: Students gain an understanding of the rich and complex history, vision and operation of this major western festival. The course includes an immersive experience with time spent on the grounds during the Calgary Stampede.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 87%
Arts: 70%
Science: 78%
Commerce: 83%
$6,590 1st & 2nd year: 74.8
3rd & 4th year: 32.7
Undergraduates: 24,624
Graduates: 6,254
2,812 (841 reserved for first years) Graduation: 76.5%
Retention: 94.9%

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