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The University of Alberta (also known as U of A and UAlberta) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta,Canada.
The university comprises four campuses in Edmonton, the Augustana Campus in Camrose, and a staff centre in downtown Calgary. The original north campus consists of 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks on the south rim of the North Saskatchewan River valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton. 39,000 students from Canada and 150 other countries participate in 400 programs in 18 faculties.
The University of Alberta is a major economic driver in Alberta. The university’s impact on the Alberta economy is an estimated $12.3 billion annually, or five per cent of the province’s gross domestic product. With more than 15,000 employees, the university is Alberta's fourth-largest employer.
The University of Alberta has graduated more than 260,000 alumni, including Governor General Roland Michener; Prime MinisterJoe Clark; Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin; Alberta premiers Peter Lougheed, Dave Hancock, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley; Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Nobel laureate Richard E. Taylor.
The university is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
Faculty of Arts
As one of the founding Faculties of the University, Arts has a long tradition of excellence.
In 1908, the University Senate established its first Faculty - the Faculty of Arts and Sciences - with four departments: English, History, Modern Languages and Applied Sciences.
Today, it's home to more than 6,000 students who have the choice of enrolling in almost 900 distinct courses. And they have the opportunity to study abroad and get hands-on experience through career and research opportunities.
Our faculty bring their latest research into the classroom. Innovation is one of the keys to our success. Research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts is essential to the advancement of our society. It helps us understand the world we live in and gives us tools to imagine how we can improve it. Arts is keeping pace with changing technologies and always contributes to our city, our province and our world.
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
The Faculty of ALES is where global challenges are met with innovative solutions. Every day, world-class research is conducted by the finest minds in the natural sciences, social sciences and business.
While we are one of the oldest faculties on campus, our cross disciplinary approach, and commitment to excellence, positions us uniquely to provide solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.
- 1500 undergraduate students
- 500 graduate students
- Eight programs leading to a BSc and one BA program
- 120 faculty members
- Extensive facilities and infrastructure
- Four 3M Teaching Fellows
- $40 million annual research funding
Faculty of Education
When you join UAlberta’s Faculty of Education, you are joining one of the world’s top faculties of education, ranked number 41 out of more than 800 education faculties in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Established in 1942, we are proud to claim the title of Canada’s First Faculty of Education. Today we are one of the largest education faculties in the country, with four teaching departments and one school: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, and the School of Library and Information Studies.
A degree from our faculty means your credentials will be recognized worldwide.
Alberta School of Business
The Alberta School of Business is one of the world’s leading institutions of business education and research. As the first and longest continually accredited business school in Canada, the Alberta School of Business embodies a province shaped by people who are adventurous, hard working and spirited. Since 1916, the innovative ideas, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership of the school’s more than 26,000 alumni have strengthened businesses and communities.
Faculty of Engineering
Engineering has been taught at the U of A for more than 100 years. Our Faculty’s reputation is built on a proud history of excellence in teaching, research and community service.
Our students receive an exceptional engineering education that prepares them for rewarding careers. Our alumni are known not only for their academic achievements but also for their professional conduct and commitment to the betterment of society.
Our Faculty is also a vibrant research community that is at the forefront of discovery, and consistently attracts significant support. In 2014-15, the Faculty secured $65 million in external research funding.
Faculty of Law
The credentials and accomplishments of our alumni speak to the rigor of our curriculum, our focus on excellence, and to the calibre of the students who complete an JD, LLM or PhD at the University of Alberta. Students seeking admission to the Faculty of Law should possess high academic standing and a willingness to challenge themselves intellectually.
Our degrees are highly regarded credentials, built upon a strong foundational curriculum consisting of core courses with a wide range of specialties that encourage wider theoretical inquiries.
Our renowned faculty members are outstanding and approachable educators and scholars who have authored many textbooks and who produce publications that impact both the policy and practice of law nationally and internationally.
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Medicine and Dentistry
Faculty of Nursing
Faculty of Native Studies
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Business
Faculty of Fine Arts
Physical Education and Recreation
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
The one-hundred-year history of the University of Alberta has been a century of vision, a vision borne out of the partnership of two ambitious men: Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, a McGill University professor who became the University of Alberta’s first president. Critics at the time dismissed their dream as impossible, or at best impractical, but the vision would become a reality. The passing of the University Act in 1906 by the new government of Alberta paved the way to the official opening of the University in 1908.
The early years, under the careful guidance of Tory, who served as President of the University of Alberta from 1908 to 1928, were fruitful ones in which Tory recruited the University’s first professors and organized the construction of the first university buildings, starting with Athabasca Hall in 1911. These years also saw the shadow of the First World War fall over campus life, as well as the dark spectre of the 1918 influenza epidemic.
After a decline in both enrollment and construction through the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War, the University of Alberta enjoyed a period of expansion that lasted from 1945 to 1969.
The period from the 1970s to the present day has been a time of continued growth. French instruction in Arts, Science, and Education on campus found a home at the Collège Saint-Jean (since called the Faculté Saint-Jean and most recently, the Campus Saint-Jean), beginning in 1970. In 1984, Aboriginal education was formally added to the university mandate in the form of the School of Native Studies.
In the last decade of the 20th century, the University fell under financial siege when the government of Alberta introduced a series of cutbacks to university funding. The costs of university administration came under scrutiny, and many university faculties and departments found themselves compelled to merge in order to reduce costs while struggling to maintain a high level of educational quality for incoming students. Tuition fees were increased following the implementation of the provincial tuition fee policy in 1991, an ongoing increase that continues to generate controversy among university staff and students to the present day.
Now a century strong, the University of Alberta stands as a global leader in higher education and human innovation. The idea of the university is an ongoing, ever-evolving one in Alberta; continually cultivated by some of the finest minds from Alberta, Canada, and across the world. As it casts its sights on the future, the University of Alberta continues to mark its place in history. In the words of the University’s twelfth president, Dr Indira Samarasekera, the University of Alberta should be “a cauldron of new discoveries and new ideas.”
In 2015 the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities rated the university 64th in the world, 48th in North America and 3rd in Canada.
The 2014-2015 University Ranking by Academic Performance rated the university 72nd in the world, 34th in North America and 4th in Canada.
In 2014-15 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 84th overall in the world and 5th in Canada.
In its 2015 ranking of more than 25,000 institutions, the Center for World University Rankings rated the university 3rd in Canada and 107th in the world. Among the subcategories in the CWUR ranking, the university ranked 62nd in publications and 82nd in citations.
The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Global University Ranking placed the university globally in 108th position overall.
In 2014, the University of Alberta was named one of "Canada's Greenest Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the sixth straight year. The university was also named one of Alberta's Top Employers for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.
Cost of Living Estimate
Living costs vary greatly based on the type of accommodation, whether you are sharing accommodation with roommates, and your overall standard of living. All figures are in Canadian dollars (CAD). Estimated monthly living expenses:
- Accommodation – C$350 - C$1,000
- Bills (Electricity, etc) – C$100 - C$150
- Food – C$270
- Transport – C$75
- Telephone – C$20 – C$50
- Others (Entertainment, clothes, etc) – C$250
Monthly Estimate – C$1,065 - C$1,795
There is a variety of on-campus housing, but living off-campus is another convenient option for UAlberta students.
The Main Campus and Campus Saint-Jean are located centrally in Edmonton and near the trendy neighbourhood of Old Strathcona, home to great restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Many UAlberta students choose to live in one of the surrounding neighbourhoods in this area, which offers excellent bus access and walking distance to the campuses.
UAlberta has two subway stations on the main campus, which also makes it convenient for students to live in other areas of Edmonton. For example, the subway ride from downtown Edmonton takes only five minutes.
Edmonton is well served by buses and light rail. The University of Alberta campus is connected to the Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT) system at three stations as well as to bus routes across the city. Full-time students at the University of Alberta are eligible for the Edmonton Transit System (ETS)’s U-Pass. This pass is valid all year round on all ETS trains and buses.
At the University of Alberta, we offer a variety of on-campus housing experiences in our residences – whether you are new to university life or in your upper years of study, if you are a student couple or have a family, we have a community for you. Living on campus while you study at UAlberta will be a great way to enjoy university life, make new friends, and get involved with the community. There are nine student residences at UAlberta, each offering different lifestyles and accommodations to suit your needs.
UAlberta students have access to 80+ high-quality services right on campus. Whether you are looking for help finding a job, looking for some help with your studies, seeking advice on a personal issue, or encountering one of the many other aspects of student life, we are here to help!
Here are just some of the great resources that you'll be able to use at UAlberta.
- International Centre
- Physician and Nursing Services
- A Pharmacy for UAlberta students, staff, and faculty
- Academic Support at the Student Success Centre
- Student Financial Aid Information Centre
- Nutrition Counselling
- CAPs, your U of A Career Centre
- Specialized Support & Disability Centre
- The Student Sustainability Service (for services related to environmental awareness)
- Peer Support Centre
- Student Group Services
UAlberta's athletic facilities rank among the best in Canada and offer gymnasiums, running tracks, climbing walls, ice rinks, pools, indoor courts, dance studios, and more. If you want to get involved in some athletic activities just for fun, then Campus Recreation offers many programs, classes, and intramurals. As a UAlberta student, you'll have access to virtually all of UAlberta's athletic facilities as long as you present your ONEcard (UAlberta student ID card).