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. (Photograph by Jason Franson)

The research-intensive University of Alberta offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and 500 graduate programs. Located on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River, near 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 $1.4 billion in 2018, U of A recently became home to a new $20-million Canada Excellence Research Chair and averages more than $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 nearly 8,800 international students and hosts more than 425 student clubs and associations.

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Standout Programs
Computing Science: In this flexible program, students can choose an intense concentration on core aspects of the subject or combine it with a wide range of other disciplines, learning the foundations and gaining practical skills. Research opportunities and an internship are available.
Conservation Biology: Students apply concepts from different disciplines, including biology, economics, social sciences and statistics, to environmental conservation. Studies also include ways to protect endangered species, manage ecosystems and promote ecological well-being.
Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies: This certificate is offered in conjunction with most undergraduate programs and teaches the theories and application of leadership skills. Students complete courses, workshops, 200 hours of leadership-related activities and a capstone project.

Cool Courses
Fictional Languages in Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds: Delve into fictional languages, including Klingon and Dothraki, and the fictional societies around them.
Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions: Explore the range of interactions between humans and bugs, from helpful pollination to transmission of life-threatening diseases.

$6,396 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-79% · Science: 70-84% · Engineering: 83%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 28,709 · Part-time: 2,414
Graduates: Full-time: 6,508 · Part-time: 1,463
International Students: First-year: 19.4% ·
Graduate: 43.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 5,303 (2,150 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $7,736 to $12,768 · Single room with meals: $9,032 to $18,264 ·
Single room without meals: $6,040 to $6,912 · Apartment-style: $4,376 to $15,832

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