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 380 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 is home to three $10-million Canada Excellence Research Chairs and it 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 more than 7,800 international students and hosts more than 400 student clubs and associations.

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Standout Programs
• Kinesiology: This multidisciplinary program applies arts (such as sociology and history) and sciences (such as biomechanics and motor learning) to the study of human movement. Students can specialize in one of five streams, including sport coaching and a self-designed major.
• Mining Engineering: The biggest of its kind in Canada, this program gives students a broad background in resource extraction, from surface and underground mining to physical sciences.
• Paleontology: Study the fossil record in this renowned program that offers leading researchers, extensive collections, access to digs and other work experience opportunities.

Cool Courses
• Computers and Games: In this course, students from different disciplines (including film studies, fine arts and industrial design) spend the semester designing a video game. Students learn to work with people in different fields, while studying the artistic and technical elements of video games.
Smart Cities: This course is open to students in undergraduate and graduate programs, who team up to create a project that makes life better for citizens through technology.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-75% · Science: 70-83% · Engineering: 83%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 28,542 · Part-time: 2,240
Graduates: Full-time: 6,305 · Part-time: 1,363
International Students: First-year: 19% ·
Graduate: 41.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces
5,214 (1,703 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $7,888 to $16,424 · Single room with meals: $9,688 to $17,488 · Double room without meals: $3,488 · Single room without meals: $5,288 · Apartment-style: $5,536 to $12,232

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