University of Alberta

University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1908

Dental program students work in the lab at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photograph by Jason Franson)

The research-intensive University of Alberta offers 200 undergraduate programs and 500 graduate programs. Located on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River, near Whyte Avenue where Edmontonians shop and socialize, the main campus is a serene green space surrounded by newer steel-and-glass buildings devoted to engineering, science and medicine.

“A Canadian and global leader, the University of Alberta offers an exceptional student experience,” says president Bill Flanagan. Students are “part of an inclusive community of exceptional researchers, scholars, and creative artists, focused on tackling the big questions and taking on the big challenges.”

With an endowment that reached $1.5 billion in 2020, U of A is home to a $20-million Canada Excellence Research Chair and averages roughly $450 million in annual research funding. Last year, U of A virologist Michael Houghton won a Nobel Prize for his work in the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Undergraduates receive a strong foundation from professors who have been awarded more 3M National Teaching Fellowships than any other university. U of A has three other campuses in Edmonton, including francophone Campus Saint-Jean. The close-knit Augustana Campus is in nearby Camrose. The university attracts 8,000 international students and hosts more than 400 student clubs and associations.

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Standout Programs
Food Science and Technology: Students learn how to apply chemistry, microbiology and engineering to the technological processes involved in the manufacturing, preservation and distribution of food. Other topics include product development, nutritional content analysis and food safety.
• Computing Science: In this specialization program, students can combine their study of the subject with a wide range of other disciplines, such as anthropology, film or medicine. A paid internship is available.
• Land Reclamation: Students in this major learn how to maintain healthy environments and restore damaged ecosystems through such means as soil reclamation, re-vegetation, conservation measures and land-use planning.

Cool Courses
Indigenous Canada: This massive open online course explores issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy took the course and encouraged his social media followers to take it too.
• Computers and Games: Students learn from AI researchers and explore the interactivity, creation and social role of video games.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72-83% · Science: 72-90% · Engineering: 81%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 29,092 · Part-time: 2,369
Graduates: Full-time: 6,664 · Part-time: 1,561
International Students: First-year: 12% ·
Graduate: 46.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,471 (5,303 last year with 2,150 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $12,376 · Apartment-style: $4,488 to $13,160

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