Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1965

Bow Valley College campus

Bow Valley Campus at night. (David S. Troyer/Bow Valley College)

Bow Valley College in Calgary, the region’s only publicly funded college, offers a range of programs that lead to certificates and diplomas in business, health, community studies, creative technologies, academic upgrading and English language learning.

The college is addressing growth in Alberta’s creative industries with its School of Creative Technologies, offering programs in information technology systems, software development, digital marketing, data management and analytics, and kitchen and bath design. The school also offers post-diploma certificates, and now has a post-baccalaureate certificate in data management and analytics.

Bow Valley has a main campus in downtown Calgary and six regional campuses throughout southern Alberta in Airdrie, Banff/Canmore, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore. They collectively serve more full- and part-time students than any other college in the province. Though Bow Valley does not have its own residence, students are eligible to live in student accommodation at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary.

Indigenous students have access to Bow Valley’s Iniikokaan Centre, which provides a gathering space, Elder counselling and academic support services.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large $3,036-$9,989 $1,388-$6,034 $4,840-$11,040 No

Cool Options

  • Cybersecurity: Learners prepare to design and implement secure computation solutions by focusing on operating system concepts, introductory computer forensics and network protocols.
  • Disability Studies: Students prepare to support people with disabilities in schools, the workplace and day-to-day activities.
  • Addiction Studies—Aboriginal Focus: Students learn to use holistic, Indigenous and traditional knowledge and Western medicine to become addiction practitioners.

Popular Programs

  • Practical Nurse
  • Business Administration
  • Hospital Unit Clerk
  • English Language Learning
  • Academic Upgrading

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