Bow Valley College: Maclean's College Profile

Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1965


Bow Valley College Campus

Bow Valley College’s educational philosophy is simple: any time, any place, any path, any pace. Staying true to this motto, almost 100 courses are available online alongside programming at its large main campus in central downtown Calgary and eight other campuses throughout southern Alberta. These collectively serve more full- and part-time students than any other community college in Alberta. Though Bow Valley does not have its own student residence, its students are eligible to live in residence at the South Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.

Bow Valley’s Vision 2020 initiative, launched in 2010, aims to keep the college’s educational strategy equipped for the next decade’s trends. With a multi-million-dollar expansion at its downtown Calgary campus, Bow Valley plans to double its student capacity by 2020. The plan also emphasizes applied research projects in teaching and learning, foundational learning and assessment, health workforce development and deployment, and immigrant advancement.

As the Calgary region’s only publicly-funded, comprehensive community college, Bow Valley offers a wide range of programs leading to certificates and diplomas, as well as foundational learning and upgrading education, such as business, health, legal, and administration. New to the program roster is Bow Valley’s Aboriginal addictions counselling diploma, launched thanks to the success of its certificate counterpart. The diploma stream includes four community practicums. 

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

Fall full-time enrolment Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate) Students direct from high school
14,793 $7913-$9090 $4280-$4770 31%

100 words from the president

“We create an environment where learners triumph. You’ll get an excellent education on your terms – any time, place, path or pace – designed to get you working. We deliver relevant, market driven programs to meet economic demand and community need, so as a graduate you’ll be in demand. 93% of our grads find employment in their fields within six months of graduation. As Calgary’s only comprehensive community college, we offer full and part time certificate and diploma programs in business, health care, justice, and human services, at our stunning new downtown Calgary campus and locations throughout the Calgary region.”

-President Sharon Carry

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