MacEwan University

MacEwan University | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1971

MacEwan University building interior

(Courtesy MacEwan University)

MacEwan University emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning; most classrooms seat between 10 and 50 people. It offers 12 bachelor’s programs, including an applied bachelor’s degree, as well as 38 diploma and certificate programs. There are two major research centres: the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies and the Centre of Applied Learning and Innovative Business Education and Resources. In 2019, MacEwan introduced tiered entrance scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 for students with high school averages of 80 per cent and higher.

“A university education isn’t just about content, it’s about intent,” says president Annette Trimbee. “MacEwan is a downtown university focused on teaching and mentorship, so as our students pursue their education, they are also adding to the vibrancy of our city and its communities—bringing with them new energy, fresh ideas and a keen interest in tackling the issues of our time.”

The main campus is home to most of the action. The contemporary design offers open spaces and lots of study spots. A second-level walkway connects the buildings, except the residence. Allard Hall provides classrooms, performance areas, recording and broadcast studios, and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. At the new kihêw waciston Indigenous centre in the Robbins Health Learning Centre, students can get cultural advice, ceremonial spaces, a kitchen and computers. The new SAMU Building (student union centre) offers study spaces and amenities. Step off campus and you’re surrounded by bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping in downtown Edmonton.

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Standout Programs
Arts and Cultural Management: Offered as a two-year diploma or a minor, this program is interdisciplinary. It delivers specialized knowledge and practical skills, and includes an eight-week field placement.
Social Work: This program focuses on the interrelationship of social, environmental and economic issues. Students can centre their studies on one of five themes.
pimâcihisowin: This foundation program, designed for Indigenous students, bridges gaps between high school credits and post-secondary admission requirements; it includes cultural support and mentorship.

Cool Courses
History of Electro-Acoustic Music: Dissect the form by studying its sampling techniques, instruments and cultural movements.
Philosophy of Space and Time: Topics include the concept of space in antiquity, the quantum mechanical revolution and the direction and alleged paradoxes of time.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 68% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 74%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,104 · Part-time: 2,471
International Students: First-year: 4.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 437 (860 last year with approx. 550 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,624 to $9,200

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