MacEwan University | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1971

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

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

MacEwan University emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning; most classrooms seat between 10 and 50 people. It offers 13 bachelor’s programs, including an applied bachelor’s degree, as well as 32 diploma and certificate programs. MacEwan offers tiered entrance scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 for students with high school averages of 80 per cent and higher.

“A university education isn’t just about content; it’s about intent,” says president Annette Trimbee. “MacEwan is a downtown university focused on teaching and mentorship, so as our students pursue their education, they are also adding to the vibrancy of our city and its communities—bringing with them new energy, fresh ideas and a keen interest in tackling the issues of our time.”

The main 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, except the residence. Allard Hall provides classrooms, performance areas, recording and broadcast studios, and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. At the kihêw waciston Indigenous centre in the Robbins Health Learning Centre, students can access cultural advice, ceremonial spaces, a kitchen and computers. The SAMU Building (student union centre) offers study spaces and amenities. Step off campus and you’re surrounded by bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping in downtown Edmonton.

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Standout Programs
Theatre Production: Students learn to work as a creative team, developing practical skills in stage and production management, costuming, props, set construction, lighting, video and audio.
Social Work: This program focuses on the interrelationship of social, environmental and economic issues. Practicum placements help students develop professional practice skills.
pimâcihisowin: This foundation program, designed mainly for Indigenous students, bridges gaps between high school credits and post-secondary admission requirements. It includes cultural support and mentorship.

Cool Courses
Strategic Management: Students work in teams, acting as managers of manufacturing companies in an online simulation.
• Documentary Film Principles and Practices: Examine the evolution of North American and European documentary filmmaking.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 68% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 12,331 · Part-time: 2,950
International Students: First-year: 2.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 860 (550 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,624 to $9,200

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