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University of Alberta

University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1908


 

Dental program students work in the lab at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta, October 11, 2017. (Photograph by Jason Franson)

The research-intensive University of Alberta offers more than 380 undergraduate programs and 500 graduate programs. Located south of the Legislature Building at one end of Whyte Avenue, where Edmontonians shop and socialize, the main campus is a serene green space surrounded by newer steel-and-glass buildings devoted to engineering, science and medicine. “The University of Alberta offers students an outstanding educational experience that both prepares and inspires them to contribute to the betterment of their community, the province, the nation and the world,” says president David Turpin. With an endowment that topped $1.3 billion in 2016, U of A is home to three $10-million Canada Excellence Research Chairs and it averages about $500 million in annual research funding. Undergraduates receive a strong foundation from professors who have been awarded more 3M National Teaching Fellowships than any other university. U of A has three other campuses in Edmonton, including francophone Campus Saint-Jean. The close-knit Augustana Campus is in nearby Camrose. The university attracts more than 7,850 international students and hosts more than 400 student clubs and associations.

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Standout Programs
• Petroleum Engineering: Learn to apply the principles of geology, physics and engineering sciences to the recovery, development and processing of petroleum. The school’s location gives students access to research opportunities in the industry.
• Paleontology: Study the fossil record in this renowned program that offers leading researchers, extensive collections, access to digs and other work experience opportunities.
• Nanotechnology: After a common year, undergraduate engineers can specialize in a number of nanotechnology majors. On campus, the National Institute for Nanotechnology contains an acoustically shielded lab and microscopes for research at an atomic scale.

Cool Courses
• Comedy Across Cultures: Comedy is not always easy to translate. This class examines how comedy can be understood to be universally relatable but also culturally specific.
• Teachers and Students as Cyborgs: Digital technologies have transformed how we teach and learn so much that we are becoming human cyborgs—hybrids fitted with technology that extends our abilities and influence. This course, offered by the faculty of education, explores the implications of this technological shift.


Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85%
Arts: 70%-80%
Science: 80%-85%
$6,370 1st & 2nd year: 56.6
3rd & 4th year: 24.2
Undergraduates: 29,649
Graduates: 7,204
5,191 (2,200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 78.8%
Retention: 92.2%

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