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. In fall 2015, for example, 40 students took part in the inaugural Global Citizenship Cohort, a four-year, theme-based certificate program for arts and science majors designed to develop leadership skills and link coursework to real-life situations. Lethbridge has star academics working in niche areas and classes small enough that undergrads can share in professors’ discoveries. The school recruited brain scientist Bruce McNaughton (and his $20 million in funding) for its neuroscience department. Students regularly excel in the International Genetically Engineered Machine contest, developing things like petrochemical-eating bacteria and genetics software. Lethbridge is currently in the planning stages of a 35,000-sq.-m science and academic building for research and community outreach. 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.” A new residence, Mt. Blakiston House, and revamped food options will help attract students outside of southern Alberta.
• Neuroscience: Students have access to the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and learn about memory, plasticity, brain disease and brain development.
• Aboriginal Health: This new program examines traditional and contemporary Aboriginal health concepts and includes practicum experiences within urban and rural communities.
• Education: Offered as a five-year combined degree, this program results in two separate degrees. Students spend 27 weeks working in schools off campus.
• Problem Gambling: This course is an investigation into the history of gambling and the causes of problem gambling. It covers public health issues, as well as how to screen, assess and treat problem gambling.
• Economics of Professional Sports: Students apply basic economic principles to analyze and interpret current issues in professional sports.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$5,989||1st & 2nd year: 43.4
3rd & 4th year: 22.6
|988 (411 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 77.7%