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University of Calgary

University of Calgary | Calgary, Alta. | Founded 1966

University of Calgary. (University of Calgary)

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). “We’re achieving the high standards we’ve set before us, as we near the goal of becoming a top-five research institute in the country,” says president Elizabeth Cannon. As the university strives to achieve its goal, it is “grounded in innovative learning and teaching, and fully integrated with the community of Calgary and beyond,” says Cannon. 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, which opened in 2016. A $174-million expansion to the Schulich School of Engineering opened to students that same year. The expansion provides space for 400 more engineering students.

READ: An insider look at a young and confident university

Standout Programs
Certificate in Sustainability Studies: This embedded certificate model lets undergrads from a range of programs enhance their studies to graduate with the knowledge and skills to become sustainability leaders in their career and community.
International Indigenous Studies: Explores the experiences, cultures, history, art and status of Indigenous people around the world; combines instruction in both Indigenous and Western worldviews.
Combined Engineering and Business: This five-year B.Sc. (Eng) and B.Com. degree blends technical expertise with strategic and entrepreneurial thinking, preparing students for a wide range of careers.

Cool Courses
• Software Entrepreneurship: Student teams develop a business idea for a software-based start-up, build a prototype and get customer feedback.
• Global Challenges: The course brings together students from different undergraduate programs to collaborate in considering how to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. It incorporates components of inquiry-based, experiential and community-engaged learning, as well as undergraduate research.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 87%
Arts: 70%
Science: 78%
Commerce: 83%
$6,590 1st & 2nd year: 74.8
3rd & 4th year: 32.7
Undergraduates: 24,624
Graduates: 6,254
2,812 (841 reserved for first years) Graduation: 76.5%
Retention: 94.9%

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