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. In 2015, Calgary placed 12th in the world among universities under 50 years of age, according to Quacquarelli Symonds Top 50 under 50 World University Rankings. As the university strives to become a top research institution, 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 the new additions are two residences and an institute dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning experiences across campus, opening in spring 2016.

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Standout Programs

Engineering: The Schulich School offers a unique specialization in energy and environment and a highly regarded program in biomedical engineering.

Social Work: This bachelor degree now offers the community-based learning circle program to two-year cohorts in nearby colleges that demonstrate the need for it, allowing students to stay closer to home.

Law and Society: This interdisciplinary degree program introduces political, social and legal concepts, and incorporates the study of philosophy, political science, history and sociology.

Cool Courses

Introduction to Business Venturing: Open to non-business students in any discipline, this new course involves participants creating new business ventures through opportunity recognition and research.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Students in this required hands-on bachelor of commerce course compete for more than $100,000 in funding for their entrepreneurial ideas. It is an exercise in finding ways to turn opportunities into viable for-profit business ventures, social ventures or not-for-profit organizations.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 87%
Arts: 75%
Science: 78%
Commerce: 83%
$6,570 1st & 2nd year: 74.4
3rd & 4th year: 32.2
Full-time: 22,491
Part-time: 1,906
2,812 (715 reserved for first years) Graduation: 69.3%
Retention: 90.4%

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