Red Deer College

Red Deer College | Red Deer, Alta. | Founded 1964

Red Deer College Library

Red Deer College (RDC) is on its way to becoming the newest university in central Alberta. Students will be able to complete more programs without moving to other cities. Several degree options will soon be added to the mix of certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships already on offer. As the college’s programming expands, so does its list of facilities. RDC has recently opened three additional buildings on its main campus.

The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre opened in 2018 and includes classrooms, modern fitness facilities, an Olympic-sized ice rink and a multi-sport gymnasium that meets international standards for elite sport competitions. The new Red Deer College Residence had its grand opening in May and features individual studio suites and lounge areas throughout the bright, modern building.

In February 2019, RDC opened the Alternative Energy Lab as part of the college’s larger alternative energy initiative. The lab is outfitted with learning and research facilities, including technology that replicates and simulates full-size alternative energy systems.

Red Deer College hopes to become Canada’s first carbon-neutral campus in the next five years. The school has more than 4,000 solar panels installed on its main campus buildings and uses other innovative technologies that, for example, convert organic waste into biomass energy on-site.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-graduate) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,689-$8,050 $3,422- $5,900 $3,204-$4,130 $3,120-$3,150 Yes

Cool Options

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma: Students learn to master automation, computer-integrated manufacturing and control devices.
  • Pre-Health Sciences: Students explore a variety of health-care roles and build a strong knowledge base as they identify which health-related career they wish to pursue.
  • Justice Studies: Students prepare to work at any level of government, from parole officer to court clerk, and learn the fundamentals of Canada’s justice system.

Popular Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts (University Transfer)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (University Transfer)
  • Business Administration (Diploma)
  • Bachelor of Education—Elementary (University Transfer)
  • Bachelor of Science (University Transfer)

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