MacEwan University

MacEwan University | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1971

 

MacEwan University students working in a media lab on campus. (Courtesy of MacEwan University)

MacEwan University, named for a former lieutenant governor of Alberta, was founded as a community college for health care and social workers in 1971; the first classes were held in a local high school. Today, it has grown to accommodate more than 18,000 full-time and part-time students. It offers 10 four-year bachelor’s programs and an applied bachelor’s degree, as well as 40 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. The school emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning. In 2019, MacEwan introduced a tiered entrance scholarship for students with high school averages of 80 per cent and higher. “MacEwan continues to focus on our students—creating a collaborative and inclusive space for students to excel and grow while feeling safe and welcomed,” says acting president John McGrath. (Annette Trimbee takes on the post this summer.) “Our programs are building tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and professionals who will shape the future of Alberta and beyond.” The main downtown 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, with the exception of the residence. Allard Hall provides classrooms, performance areas and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. Last year, the school unveiled the new kihêw waciston Indigenous centre in the Robbins Health Learning Centre. Step off campus and you’re surrounded by bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping in downtown Edmonton.

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Standout Programs
• Early Childhood Curriculum StudiesThis program approaches early childhood learning with a focus on advocacy, equity and social justice. Students gain experience working in early childcare settings.
• Social Work: This program focuses on how social, environmental and economic issues interrelate. Students can centre their studies around one of five themes.
• CommerceStudents concentrate on the basics in the first two years before specializing in one of seven majors in the final two years; features small classes and real-work experience through case studies and co-op.

Cool Courses
• Psychology: Applied Behaviour Analysis: A series of courses giving students credit toward a psychology degree and a Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement.
• Broadcast News Current Affairs: Examines industry values, standards and assumptions concerning digital news content.

  • Psychology: Applied Behaviour Analysis: A series of courses giving students credit toward a psychology degree and a Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement.
  • Broadcast News Current Affairs: Examines industry values, standards and assumptions concerning digital news content.

Tuition
$5,960 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65% · Engineering: 75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,888 · Part-time: 2,194
International Students: First-year: 5.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces
860 (approx. 550 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Apartment-style $4,000 to $9,000

 

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