University of Calgary

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1966

University of Calgary students studying in lounge

The University of Calgary is a young university in a dynamic city. A location in the country’s energy capital has its ups (some excellent job opportunities) and its downs (downswings in the sector are felt here first). “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 school is a leader in energy and engineering, but also produces leading thinkers in public policy, applied sciences—even outer space. The main campus is a mix of old and new buildings with green spaces and underground tunnels that help students escape cold winters. Among recent additions are two residences, as well as an institute dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning experiences 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
• 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.
• Social Inequalities and Social Justice: In this sociology concentration, students investigate the history, causes and consequences of intersecting class, race and gender-based inequalities across societies, including Canada’s history of colonization.
• Creative Writing Certificate: Students in most undergraduate programs can enhance their degrees with a certificate in creative writing. The 18-credit add-on allows students to discover opportunities for creativity and intellectual challenge.

Cool Courses
• Community Engagement Through Literature: Explores how to promote engagement through literature by combining classroom and community-based learning in partnership with the Calgary Public Library.
• Challenges of Intersectionality in Mental Wellbeing: Evaluates the cultural, structural, systemic and socioeconomic challenges related to positive mental health.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72-82% · Science: 78-95% · Commerce: 83% · Engineering: 84%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 24,558 · Part-time: 1,726
Graduates: Full-time: 5,825 · Part-time: 327
International Students: First-year: 8.4% ·
Graduate: 29.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Residence Spaces
3,001 (approx. 710 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $7,996 to $11,768 · Single room with meals: $10,476 to $12,431 · Apartment-style: $6,417 to $8,374

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