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, and scholarships and research grants that can 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.” Students regularly excel in the International Genetically Engineered Machine contest, where they tackle issues related to the environment, health and agriculture through the application of synthetic biology.
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. Last year, the school partnered with the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Mastercard Foundation to create new opportunities and supports for Indigenous youth in the area.
• Aboriginal Health: Topics include traditional Aboriginal health concepts and creating healthy communities; practicums in community settings help students develop skills.
• Business: A future-focused program teaching students interpersonal and hands-on business skills. Courses cover blockchain and other emerging technologies.
• Biochemistry: In this interdisciplinary program, students can focus on areas such as medical biochemistry, RNA bioengineering and bioinformatics; offers experiential learning and research opportunities.
• Western Art Music: Explores the styles and trends from the medieval period to present.
• Introductory Spoken Blackfoot: An introduction to the Blackfoot language, with a particular emphasis on the spoken word.
$6,199 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 7,187 · Part-time: 784
Graduates: Full-time: 408 · Part-time: 205
International Students: First-year: 4.9% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Residence Spaces: 1,006 (526 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $6,953 to $7,533 · Single room with meals: $8,281 to $10,045 · Apartment-style: $5,816 to $9,448