University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge | Lethbridge, Alta. | Founded 1967

University of Lethbridge campus in the fall

(Courtesy of the University of Lethbridge)

The University of Lethbridge’s Arthur Erickson-designed University Hall is surrounded by green hills that make it look like a ship amid an emerald ocean—fitting for a school that is always charting new territory. The university-wide Agility initiative prepares students for 21st-century careers through hands-on workshops, innovation zones equipped with cutting-edge tools, and resources, as well as scholarships and research grants that ignite ideas and help bring them to life.

With campuses in both Lethbridge and downtown Calgary, the school has star academics working in niche areas, and classes are small enough that undergrads can share in professors’ discoveries. “Our faculty members are amongst the world’s leading researchers in a breadth of disciplines,” says president Mike Mahon. “What sets us apart is that they are not just working in the field; they are in the classroom, teaching students and involving students in that research work from the time they are undergraduate students through their graduate programs.”

A new science and academic building for research and community outreach opened in 2019. Lethbridge has roots as a liberal arts university and fosters an impressive fine arts community. Students in the Dhillon School of Business have a high-tech trading centre and a spacious team workspace in modern Markin Hall. Lethbridge is creating new opportunities and supports for Indigenous youth in the area through a partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Mastercard Foundation.

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Standout Programs
• New Media/Management: This combined degree gives students a competitive edge as they develop skills in creative technology as well as business and management. Co-op and international exchanges are offered.
• Remote Sensing: Students learn to monitor and measure the world beyond their direct reach through a range of sensor technologies; subject areas include geography, environmental science and physics.
• Biochemistry: In this interdisciplinary program, students can focus on areas such as medical biochemistry, RNA bioengineering and bioinformatics. Experiential learning and research opportunities are offered.

Cool Courses
• Cannabis and Health: This biology course takes a close look at the endocannabinoid system and its role in human health. Students examine, for example, the treatment of diseases, memory and development.
• Endangered Languages: Students explore the issues that lead to language endangerment and the strategies that can ensure the preservation of language.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$6,642
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,364 · Part-time: 791
Graduates: Full-time: 517 · Part-time: 123
International Students: First-year: 6.3% ·
Graduate: 29.4%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 699 (1,006 last year with 526 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Apartment-style: $6,064 to $9,904

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