University of Calgary

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1966

Cumming School of Medicine Professors Marc Poulin and Richard Wilson received an NSERC CREATE grant for a neurotechnology training program. (Courtesy of the University of Calgary)

Cumming School of Medicine Professors Marc Poulin and Richard Wilson received an NSERC CREATE grant for a neurotechnology training program. (Courtesy of the University of Calgary)

The University of Calgary is a young university in a dynamic city. Located in the country’s energy capital, the school has long been a leader in energy and engineering, but is also attuned to the province’s wider needs, including economic diversification, environmental stewardship and healthy communities. U of C produces leading thinkers in mental health, public policy, applied sciences—even the study of outer space. “At the University of Calgary, we think and act with a global mindset and commit to leadership in sustainable ways of living, working and learning,” says president Ed McCauley. “We are building tremendous momentum in the areas that matter most to our community: meaningful student experiences; high-impact research and scholarship; enriched teaching and learning; and strong partnerships at the local, national and international level.” The main campus mixes old and new buildings with green spaces and underground tunnels that help students escape cold winters. Among recent additions are two residences and an institute dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning across campus. A $174-million expansion to the Schulich School of Engineering has provided space for 400 more engineering students.

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Standout Programs
Sustainability Studies: With this certificate program, students can embed a sustainability education within their undergraduate degree. Students take part in applied research projects both on and off campus, learning how to resolve sustainability challenges.
Biomedical Sciences: This program covers scientific research in areas such as cancer biology, neuroscience, genetics and infectious diseases. Students can apply their learning in tutorials and labs and through summer research opportunities.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: This concentration within the bachelor of commerce program allows students to focus on the start-up and operation of high potential businesses. Hands-on courses introduce students to all aspects of business development.

Cool Courses
SAPL Masterclass: Offered through the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, this course offers lectures and lessons from industry professionals who explore a range of architectural topics.
Sustainability in the Built Environment: This course examines how to achieve a stable and regenerative ecosystem within human-made environments. Topics include renewable energy and social justice.

$6,614 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72-81.6% · Science: 79-95% · Commerce: 82% ·
Engineering: 84%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 25,224 · Part-time: 1,597
Graduates: Full-time: 5,996 · Part-time: 333
International Students: First-year: 8.1% ·
Graduate: 29.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,800 (approx. 800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $8,049 to $8,848 · Single room with meals: $10,550 to $11,349 · Apartment-style: $6,564 to $8,501

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