The University of Lethbridge’s Arthur Erickson-designed 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 university-wide Agility initiative prepares students for 21st-century careers through hands-on workshops, innovation zones equipped with cutting-edge tools and resources, scholarships and research grants that can ignite ideas and help bring them to life. Lethbridge has star academics working in niche areas and classes small enough that undergrads can share in professors’ discoveries. Physics and astronomy professor David Naylor hosted representatives from 19 institutes and eight countries in 2016, wrapping up the European Space Agency’s 20-year Herschel/SPIRE mission. Students regularly excel in the International Genetically Engineered Machine contest, developing things like petrochemical-eating bacteria and genetics software. A 37,500-sq.-m science and academic building for research and community outreach is under construction, slated to open in 2019. Its niches aren’t just scientific, though. Lethbridge has roots as a liberal arts university and fosters an impressive fine arts community. Management students have a high-tech trading ﬂoor and a spacious team workspace in modern Markin Hall. President Mike Mahon envisions Lethbridge as an “Acadia of the west” and a “destination university.” Recent years have seen a new residence, Mount Blakiston House, as well as renovations to exteriors of existing residence buildings and revamped food options.
• Addictions Counselling: Provides practical skills as well as theory. In second and fourth year, students complete 13-week internships, gaining valuable clinical experience.
• Neuroscience: Students have access to the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and learn about memory, plasticity, brain disease and brain development.
• Archaeology and Geography: Students explore the subjects from a predominantly cultural perspective, and have the opportunity to take their learning into the field, such as at a 2,500-year-old bison kill site.
• Digital Politics: Examine how today’s technologies impact the political process, such as social media and election campaigns.
• New Media and Learning: Students work with a local Grade 4 class to help them develop a project and the skills to portray their ideas through new media.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$5,991||1st & 2nd year: 44.4
3rd & 4th year: 23.5
|882 (411 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 74%