Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1910

Mount Royal students in class

(Mount Royal University)

It began a century ago as a private college, growing to serve its region for decades as a community college. Today, Mount Royal offers undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs through seven faculties. The school’s strength lies in its emphasis on small class sizes, unique programs and applied learning, all legacies from its college days.

“Mount Royal University students experience a true academic community, where teaching is informed by scholarship, learning is inspired, and habits of intellectual curiosity and citizenship are established for a lifetime,” says David Docherty, who is wrapping up eight years as president. (Tim Rahilly will succeed him.)

The school is known for its comprehensive programs in business, communications, nursing and public relations. It is also home to some unique research centres, including the Institute for Nonprofit Studies, the Centre for Child Well-Being and the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Mount Royal is a leader in community-service learning: students provide more than 300,000 hours of service with 500 organizations each year.

The campus is located in the midst of growing business parks and residential developments, a short drive from the downtown. Facilities include professional broadcast studios, an aviation simulator and an award-winning eco-building, the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning. The Riddell Library and Learning Centre features treadmill desks, soundproof digital project rooms and a 360-degree data visualization studio.

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Standout Programs
• Interior Design: Students learn to create environments that shape how we live, work, play and learn with a focus on theories of design, building systems and the application of technology; mandatory paid internship gives students industry experience.
Communication: The program offers majors in broadcast media studies, journalism, public relations and information design. Students learn communication theory and technical skills, and gain direct practice through a required work experience component.
• Nursing: This bachelor focuses on primary and population health, and on health promotion; includes remote and northern practice opportunities for students.

Cool Courses
• War and Media: Frontline News: Students examine the historical and social contexts of numerous conflicts since 1850 featuring journalists on the front lines.
• Sociology of Food: Explores the rise of the “foodie” by examining the relationships between people, food and society.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Business: 73%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 9,419 · Part-time: 1,461
International Students: First-year: 4.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Residence Spaces
1,001 (approx. 700 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Apartment-style: $5,816 to $8,220

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