University of Calgary
  • No. Students: 30201
  • No. Staff: 3203
  • Study mode: 113 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016-17, we are making tremendous progress on our journey to become one of Canada's top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.’

UCalgary’s main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of the Rocky Mountains, covering more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. Currently, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. UCalgary has graduated an estimated 160,000 alumni over its 50-year history, including the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and current Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. UCalgary has around 1,800 academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching in Canada and around the world, and more than 3,100 staff, making it one of the largest employers in Calgary. The university produces an economic impact of $7.92 billion in the province of Alberta.

The University of Calgary attracts and nurtures the talent that drives new knowledge creation, improves lives and betters our world. In this rich learning environment, the university serves over 30,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and provides the community with diverse lifelong learning opportunities. International study, volunteer, work, and research programs provide global context while promoting diversity and excellence in learning, teaching and research.

The University of Calgary stands out among Canadian universities in how it actively engages students in leadership development in all areas – the arts, athletics, science, medicine, engineering, volunteerism and business. It is also a leader in sustainability with its set of values embraced by the campus through teaching, leadership and campus operations.

  • Faculty of Arts

    At the Faculty of Arts, you’ll take a look at big questions and seek big answers. Are you a curious person who strives to understand dynamic issues? Are you driven to find new ways of thinking? Good. We want you to make an impact.

    We are active thinkers and researchers, our work is meaningful to current issues and we areengaged with our local and global communities more than ever.

    An arts degree is one of the most versatile degrees you can earn. During your time with the Faculty of Arts, you’ll learn skills and ways of thinking that you can apply to dozens of different career paths. An arts degree is also the perfect building block to further education like graduate studies, or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine or education. What does this mean for you? Your future career options are wide open.

  • School of Medicine

  • Faculty of Environmental Design

    Calgary and its region serve as a living laboratory for our professional Faculty educating the next generation of design innovators.  Our graduate degrees in Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, together with our Master of Environmental Design and PhD research degrees, enable us to provide professional education informed by research, and research degrees informed by practice.  Our faculty members represent a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds that include award-winning teachers, practitioners, and researchers. Collectively, we provide a distinct interdisciplinary approach, well-suited to practice in a complex world.

  • School of Business

    The Haskayne School of Business was founded at the University of Calgary in 1967, and was named in honour of Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA in 2002. The business school has approximately 3,500 full- and part-time students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and executive education programs, and stays connected with its nearly 23,000 alumni in over 80 countries worldwide.

    The Haskayne School of Business offers a full range of degree programs including: Bachelor of Commerce; Master of Business Administration (MBA); Executive MBA; Global Energy Executive MBA; PhD in Management; an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Development; and a full range of open and customized Executive Education programs.

  • Faculty of Kinesiology

    Our Faculty is committed to creating a healthier society. Our research shows that the key to better health is exercise. We advocate for healthy, active, living and we research health, wellness and human performance.  We are working to create a healthier society, by preventing injury, reversing unhealthy trends like obesity and diabetes and by helping people to return to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible after injury or disease.

  • Faculty of Law

    Located in the heart of northwest Calgary, with a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, our campus is a haven of natural beauty. Green space is bountiful and the campus is well laid out and easily accessible. The Faculty of Law is housed in one of the most central and architecturally-pleasing buildings on campus. 

    Our students are well positioned for success given our proximity to top legal experts in the field and the enviable position Calgary has of being home to the greatest concentration of major corporate head offices in Canada. In 2013, we recorded an Articling placement rate of 97%, and our placement is consistently among the highest in Canada. Our students consistently stand higher than the 81st percentile in LSAT scores, and the average GPA for the 2014/2015 admission year was 3.61.

  • Faculty of Nursing

    Our Faculty’s mission is to advance nursing practice and promote health through research and learning. This statement signals our commitment to preparing excellent clinicians for registered nursing roles in the health care system and to transforming nursing practice to meet the health needs of Albertans and our global communities. Nursing roles in the health system are changing. Our programs prepare graduates to thrive and lead in these exciting times of complexity and change. Through innovations in teaching approaches and through our programs of nursing research, the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary transforms students into our next generation health care leaders.

    More than 1000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled in the faculty. For over 40 years, we have been passionate about educating students in undergraduate, masters, doctoral and nurse practitioner programs. We are part of a dynamic campus environment of discovery, creativity and engagement. We have over 7500 University of Calgary nursing alumni across Canada and around the world. 

  • School of Engineering

    The Schulich School of Engineering is an ideal choice, whether you are looking for a place to start your engineering studies or you are seeking a master’s or doctoral degree to expand your knowledge and career path. Our students benefit from a well-rounded academic and research experience that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be leaders in the engineering profession.

  • Faculty of Science

    The Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary comprises more than 4,000 students and 200 faculty members spanning six departments - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy. Our faculty, which is led by knowledgeable faculty members – many of whom are world leaders in their respective fields - offers innovative programs, hands-on research opportunities, access to cutting-edge laboratories, linkages to a global network of alumni and a stimulating environment where students can thrive.

  • Faculty of Social Work

    The Faculty of Social Work is proud to offer graduate and undergraduate education to students across Alberta. We deliver our programs at the three campuses listed in the navigation bar above as well as in a flexible delivery format, tailored to the needs of working professionals.

  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

    The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) was established in 2005 to meet Alberta’s need for highly-skilled veterinary graduates supporting rural Alberta, production animal and equine industries, animal and human health research, and public health.  

    UCVM is dedicated to meeting the animal and public health needs of Alberta through its education, research and outreach programs.

    UCVM offers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, supervision leading to graduate degrees (MSc, PhD) in Veterinary Medical Sciences, and advanced clinical training programs (internships, fellowships, and residencies). UCVM is also committed to professional development programs for the veterinary community. 

  • School of Education

    The Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary has roots that date back more than a century to the establishment of the Normal School in Calgary in 1905. The Alberta Normal School, located at McDougall School, was the first program in in the new province to prepare primary and secondary school teachers.  In 1945, the Alberta Normal School became part of the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. With the establishment of the University of Calgary in 1966, the Faculty moved to what is today the main campus of the University of Calgary. 

    In 2013, the University of Calgary introduced the Werklund School of Education. Through a generous donation by David Werklund, a Canadian entrepreneur and industry leader, funding has been established for student scholarships, research support and teaching innovation as well as upgrades to technology and other resources which will allow the Werklund School of Education to take research and teaching and learning to the next level.

History of the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary was established in 1966, but its roots date back more than half a century earlier to the establishment of the Normal School in Calgary in 1905. The Alberta Normal School was established in Calgary to train primary and secondary school teachers in the new province. The University of Alberta began operating a campus in Calgary in 1945. The University of Alberta Calgary Branch eventually gained full autonomy in 1966 and became the University of Calgary. The University of Calgary tartan is associated with the university and with its pipe band.

The university was modelled on the American state university (similar to the University of Alberta), with an emphasis on extension work and applied research. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was a link between the bodies to perform institutional leadership.

In the early 20th century, professional education expanded beyond theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced. The university's first president, Herbert Stoker Armstrong, held a strong belief that "although the university is accountable to the society that supports it, the university must insist on playing a leadership role in intellectual matters if it is to be worthy of the name."

During the late 1960s, the University of Calgary's campus expanded dramatically with new buildings for engineering and science the labs, a research, training, and service unit, and the opening of the new University Theatre in Calgary Hall. In addition, Banff Centre (originally known as The Banff School of Fine Arts) became affiliated with the University of Calgary. In 1971 The University of Calgary launched its program in architecture.

The University of Calgary's Child Development Centre is Alberta's first building designed and constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, the North American benchmark for environmentally high-performance buildings. The facility, which houses the university's second child-care facility and a full continuum of researchers, clinicians and frontline workers, is dedicated to child health. The building officially opened in October, 2007.

In 2011, an addition of rare neurology books dated over 500 years have been added to the MacKimmie library collection. The collection includes an original copy of the 1953 Nature paper where Nobel winners James D. Watson and Francis Crick first described the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. It also includes the rare first neurological text written in the 1600s by Thomas Willis, the man who coined the term neurology and is known as the ‘father of neurology’. The collection is valued at approximately $600,000.

Canada’s fifth veterinary school, the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, was opened in mid-2008. Research and graduate education programs will be focused on areas of strength and importance in Alberta and will fall in line with the college’s areas of emphasis: production animal health, equine health, ecosystem and public health and investigative medicine. The first class of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students started classes in the fall of 2008.

In 2008 the University of Calgary played a central roll in facilitating and hosting the Olympic Games.


Canada requirements for international students

Canada is now the most educated country in the world, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Most of all, there are a lot of programs for international students. 

The universities of Canada don't use a centralized system of undergraduate application so the students have to apply separately for each institution they want to attend. However, the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canada are: an application form, an official high school transcript or university transcript, CV which present your educational achievements, work or volonteer experience, and a letter of intent (LOI) that demonstrate personal and professional goals of the student and explains the interest of the applicant. 

IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English proficiency test in Canada. However, some universities accept TOEFL as an English test requirement. So you'll need to contact the university for the information about the test you have to provide and the score that you must obtain. 


Accreditation

  • Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education, Alberta
  • Year of first Accreditation - 1966

Rankings

  • This university consistently ranks among the top ten universities in Canada based on a variety of criteria and is ranked #1 by QS and Times Higher Learning for 2016 in North America.
  • In the 2015 QS Top 50 Under 50, which ranks universities under 50 years old, the University of Calgary was the highest ranked university in Canada out of a list of three, the second highest ranked in North America, and the ninth highest worldwide.
  • In 2016 the QS Ranking was #1 for both Canada and North America
  • In 2015 the University of Calgary was ranked among the top 200 universities in the QS world subject rankings, placing in 24 out of 29 subjects, making it the 5th best placing university in Canada. The University of Calgary also placed in the top 150 for Medicine, and in the world's top 100 for civil engineering, English, and Law.
  • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which ranks universities on their presence on the Internet, ranks the University of Calgary 73rd in the USA and Canada category and 98th in the world. It is ranked 6th in Canada.
  • Research Infosource ranks the top 50 research universities in Canada each year. In its 2009 ranking Calgary was 6th.
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks the university 7–8 in the national category.
  • Calgary's Haskayne School of Business has for years dominated the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.), hosted annually by Queen's University. For much of the competition's lifetime, the teams representing Haskayne have come out on top each year by winning first in the majority of the competition's case study categories, including accounting, business policy, debating, ethics, finance, human resources, marketing, and MIS. In 2010, The Economist ranked Haskayne's MBA program 3rd within Canada, 43rd in North America, and 82nd worldwide.
  • The University of Calgary ranks 8th in the medical-doctoral category of Maclean's annual university rankings. However, the rankings have been met with criticism. The University of Calgary and other universities have argued that Maclean's Magazine takes data out of context and is an inaccurate reflection of performance. In 2006, 21 Canadian universities along with the University of Calgary, many being part of the leading group of research universities known as the U15, opted out of the rankings. Other universities opting out in 2006 included Alberta, UBC, Carleton, Dalhousie, Lethbridge, Manitoba, McMaster, Montréal, Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto and Queen's.
  • The University of Calgary is ranked 16th in QS InfoSource's 2013 ranking of the world's universities founded since 1962.
  • In the category, for 2013, of the top 100 universities under the age of 50 years in service, the University of Calgary is ranked 23rd in the world, according to Times Higher Education.

Student life at the University of Calgary

The Den and Black Lounge

The Den and Black Lounge is the campus bar located in MacEwan Hall, the student centre in the middle of campus. Occupying two floors, with the Den located on the lower floor and the Black Lounge on the upper floor, in the warmer months of the year the second floor features a large outdoorpatio. Once run by the University of Calgary, the Den was taken over by the Students’ Union in 2000.

The LDL

The Last Defence Lounge (LDL) is run by the University of Calgary Graduate Students' Association. It is a members-only club that is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff and members of the public.

Traditions

  • Bermuda Shorts Day (BSD): An annual end-of-school student celebration. Organized and run by the Students' Union, BSD occurs on the last day of classes. Students' wear Bermuda style shorts and participate in a variety of informal pre- and post-BSD activities including couch racing (recently banned by the university administration over safety concerns), the beer mile, and breakfast parties. The official event is an outdoor fenced in party with live music and beer garden.
  • The Empty Space: Every Friday the Students' Union hosts a live music venue in The Empty Space, attended by students for free (this was canceled in 2011 due to changes installed by the 69th Student Legislative Council).
  • Student Appreciation Night: Every Thursday The Den (the campus bar) is filled to capacity and serves cheap drinks to a mostly undergraduate crowd.

Greek life

Chi Gamma Chapter of Zeta Psi Fraternity was chartered at the University of Calgary in 1967 and has been contributing to campus life for over four decades, They have several hundred alumni that continue to support active chapter as well as The University of Calgary. For over 40 years The Zete Haus, located at 2668 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W. has provided economical student housing and is a focal point for fraternity activity.

The Omega Chi Chapter was formally initiated into the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity on March 12, 2005, becoming the 302nd active branch and the 14th in the Northwest Region.

The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, is the one of the two other fraternities present at the university. It was at the university and is still running, being on campus since 1982. The other current fraternity is Kappa Sigma, also known as K Sig.

Alpha Gamma Delta and Alpha Omicron Pi are the two existing sororities at the U of C, being established in 1983 and 1985 respectively. Together, they form the Panhellenic Association of Calgary.

Leadership on campus

In 2009, the University of Calgary's Office of the Student Experience (now the Student Success Centre) launched their own co-curricular record, the first of its kind in western Canadian universities. The co-curricular record is an official university document that can be coupled with a student's academic transcript, that recognizes out-of-classroom experiences that are still connected to the university. The Student Success Centre (SSC). The SSC offers programs and services to support students in creating: (1) Academic Success, (2) Personal Success, and (3) Career Success. The SSC offers Orientation Programs, Personalized Career Planning Sessions, Career and Life Workshops, Leadership Programs, the First-Year Experience Program, the Senior-Year Experience Program, Arts & Science Program Advising, Learning Support Services, and Writing Support Services.

In April 2011, the University of Calgary launched the Scholars Academy Program: a program for students that excel beyond just mere academics.

The University of Calgary also offers the President's Award for Excellence in Student Leadership to five graduating students (undergraduate or graduate) that represent academic achievement in addition to extracurricular contributions to the university and community.

Why choose UCalgary?

  • With ucalgarycares, you can get involved with important social issues around the world.
  • Our Programs fare designed to inspire research outside of the classroom.
  • We have resources dedicated to help you achieve academic success and to help you maintain your physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
  • More than sports, being Dinos is a set of values and traits that capture the campus spirit at UCalgary.
  • Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, recreational warrior, or simply looking to stay active, there are plenty of ways to keep fit and healthy on campus.
  • Living in residence will instantly connect you to your university, your campus and your new life as a student.

Calgary is

  1. One of the safest major cities in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2012)
  2. One hour from the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park
  3. Ranked the 5th most livable city worldwide (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015)
  4. Canada’s energy and innovation hub with the most head offices per capita (FP500 Database, 2014)
  5. Composed of a diverse population: 28% of Calgary’s 1.2 million citizens are immigrants (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  6. Home to 6,000 restaurants, theatres, and patios
  7. Host city of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games
  8. Canada’s sunniest city, with 333+ annual days of sunshine (Calgary Economic Development, 2015)
  9. The world’s cleanest city (Mercer Global Financial, 2014)
  10. Home to North America’s most extensive urban pathway and bikeway system (City of Calgary, 2015)
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