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MacEwan University

MacEwan University | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1971


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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 19,000 full-time and part-time students. It offers nine four-year bachelor programs and two applied bachelor degrees, as well as 40 diploma and certificate programs. There are two major research centres: the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies and the Centre for Applied Learning and Innovative Business Education and Resources. The school also emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning. “I believe that education is transformational,” says president Deborah Saucier. “Education provides opportunities for our graduates to thrive in the workplace and allows our students to develop their careers. As part of the university experience, we foster citizen leaders and further contribute to the community.” The main downtown campus—set over six city blocks—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, a purpose-built space that opened in fall 2017 after three years of construction, provides classrooms, performance areas and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. Step off campus, and you’re surrounded by the bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping of downtown Edmonton.

READ: MacEwan through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
• Commerce: Students in this bachelor program concentrate on the basics in the first two years before specializing in one of six majors in the final two years. The program features small classes and offers real-world experience through case studies and co-op.
• Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music: Students zero in on their passion for jazz, pop and rock ’n’ roll, and can major in composition or performance.
• Psychiatric Nursing: Available as a diploma program; for grads wishing to pursue further studies, a bachelor program is offered through distance and online learning.

Cool Courses
Archaeology of Death: This course considers the role of mortuary evidence in facilitating understanding of past cultures; looks at how people treat their dead and what this can tell us about both the dead and the living.
Interdisciplinary Dialogue: This non-credit project brings together students from across the university to attend lectures, participate in online discussion boards, write papers and work on group projects, all with the goal of advancing dialogue. This year’s topic centres on Truth and Reconciliation.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$5,716 (arts); $6,496 (science) Undergraduates: 15,937
Graduates: 0
865 (first come, first served)

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