Concordia University of Edmonton

Concordia University of Edmonton | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1921

Concordia Edmonton students studying on a patch of grass

Concordia University of Edmonton campus. (Concordia University of Edmonton)

Founded by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1921, Concordia University of Edmonton underwent a major change in direction in 2016, announcing it would no longer be a faith-based institution. The move to open its doors to all students reflects the changing make-up of the student body and a desire to further increase that diversity.

Located in a residential area overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, the campus is minutes from Edmonton’s downtown core. The campus has a welcoming feel, with 2,000 students and small class sizes.

CUE offers bachelor’s degrees in arts, science and management with numerous majors. After-degree programs are available in education and environmental health, as well as master’s degrees and graduate certificates and diplomas. In recent years, the school has added several dual-degree programs, including two international options. Students say it’s easy to explore different disciplines and to switch to different programs; there is even an “open studies” stream for those who don’t want to declare a major in their first year.

The new $16-million Allan Wachowich Centre for Science, Research and Innovation opens this year, housing research labs, scientific community spaces and an Indigenous knowledge and research centre. “Our ambition is to see Concordia University of Edmonton become Canada’s pre-eminent small university,” says president Tim Loreman. “This is achievable because we have dedicated staff, exceptional professors, successful alumni and some of the brightest students in Canada and internationally.”

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Standout Programs
• Education (After Degree): This two-year B.Ed. program covers curriculum planning and features field experiences; includes an embedded approach to Indigenous peoples’ historical and cultural topics.
• Biology: Emphasizes the development of lab skills through progressive exercises and courses; small class sizes give students plenty of access to their instructors.
• Psychology (Applied Emphasis): Students do a practicum one day a week at various community agencies, gaining practical market-ready skills.

Cool Courses
• Graphic Literature: Study the publication history and themes presented in comic books and graphic novels while examining the possibilities offered by the juxtaposition of artistic representation and text.
• Demography of China: Looks at the demography of China from a social sciences perspective as opposed to a more typical business point of view, examining the central features behind China’s transformation into a global power.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 60% · Science: 60% · Commerce: 65%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,802 · Part-time: 130
Graduates: Full-time: 63 · Part-time: 6
International Students: First-year: 8.6% ·
Graduate: 88.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 35 to 65
Residence Spaces
105 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $7,320 to $10,500 · Single room with meals: $9,190 to $12,370 · Apartment-style: $5,740

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