University of Calgary

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1966

University of Calgary campus

The University of Calgary campus. (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. Construction is under way on a new state-of-the-art building for the Haskayne School of Business, which will create a student-centred learning environment housing classrooms, study space, and student advising and career services.

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Standout Programs
Digital Engineering Minor: This is one of 12 minors that engineering students can add to their degree to grow their skills. Topics include industry-standard coding languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning systems.
• Embedded Certificates: Students can enhance their degree with an added certificate that complements and strengthens their program of study at no extra cost; areas include leadership studies, entrepreneurial thinking, sustainability studies and mental health.
• 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.

Cool Courses
• Opportunity Identification: Students examine the different stages in the development of a business idea, from inception to execution, while exploring the logistical, financial and technical factors that affect success.
Health Services and Health Systems: This timely course breaks down health-care delivery in Canada, including policy, institutional practices and the relationship between populations, available services and providers.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,041
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 74-85% · Science: 80-95% · Commerce: 82% · Engineering: 84%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 25,630 · Part-time: 1,601
Graduates: Full-time: 6,308 · Part-time: 441
International Students: First-year: 13.2% ·
Graduate: 33.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,093 (2,800 last year with approx. 800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $5,612 to $8,525

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