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University of Alberta

University of Alberta was founded in 1908. It is a public research university situated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, the university's first president.

University History

In 1908 University of Alberta was founded. In 1906, the university was chartered in Edmonton, Alberta as a single, public provincial university through the University Act. The university began with forty-five students in English, mathematics and modern languages, on the top floor of the Queen Alexandra Elementary School in Strathcona, as the university building was under construction. In 1909-1910, the University of Alberta’s master plan was designed by Percy Erskine Nobbs. In 1914-15, Nobbs designed the arts Building, laboratories and Power House in (1914).  Cecil S. Burgess and Nobbs designed the Provincial College of Medicine in (1920–21). Architect Herbert Alton Magoon designed several buildings on campus, which includes St. Stephen's Methodist College (1910) and the residence for professor Rupert C. Lodge (1913). In 1912, the university awarded its first degrees. 

University Programs, Courses and Schools

The University of Alberta has 5 colleges. The campus offers wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 5 colleges of the University of Alberta are;

  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • St. Joseph’s College
  • St. Stephen’s College

University Achievements

University of Alberta is a well-known University in Canada. In the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities rankings, the university was ranked 101–150 in the world and 5–6 in Canada. In the 2022, QS World University Rankings ranked the university #126th in the world, and fifth in Canada. In 2022, Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the university 125th in the world, and sixth in Canada. In the 2022, U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, ranked the university #135th in the world, and fifth in Canada. The Canadian-based Maclean's magazine ranked the University of Alberta sixth in their 2022 Canadian Medical Doctoral university category.  

In 2020, the Times Higher Education's global employability ranking, ranked the university #131st in the world, and sixth in Canada. In 2020, QS's graduate employability ranking, ranked the university 87th in the world, and fourth in Canada.

University USP

University of Alberta is known as one of the best teaching and research universities in Canada. The university offers some world's top programs in engineering, business, agriculture, nursing and earth sciences, as per the latest global rankings of academic subjects by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. University of Alberta is globally connected with nearly 400 teaching and research partnerships across 50 countries and is among the Top 150 universities in the world.

University Notable Alumni

University of Alberta’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the University. Notable alumni of the University have an extensive alumni network. Some of the alumni members of University of Alberta are-

  • Joe Clark, 16th Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Beverley McLachlin, 17th Chief Justice of Canada.
  • Michael Houghton, Nobel laureate in medicine, virologist and co-discoverer of hepatitis C.
  • Raymond Lemieux, organic chemist and discoverer of the anomeric effect.
  • Richard Taylor, Nobel laureate in physics for his contributions in particle physics.
  • Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate in literature for his work with postcolonial poetry
  • Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, essayist and literary critic.
  • Clarence Campbell, 3rd President of the National Hockey League.

University infrastructure & services

Campuses-

North Campus

University of Alberta's North Campus is the main campus located in the province's capital of Edmonton, on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River valley. It covers nearly 50 city blocks, with wide green spaces across its 150 buildings.

Campus Saint-Jean

The University of Alberta’s Saint-Jean campus is a gem in the heart of Edmonton's francophone community a short shuttle ride from the North Campus. The campus offers degree programs in arts, commerce, education, engineering, science, nursing, and conservation and environmental sciences and master's programs in education and arts.

Augustana Campus

University of Alberta’s Augustana campus is located in Camrose. It offers degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences in a residential learning environment. Specialized programs include a signature outdoor education program, sport programs, and international study opportunities.

Enterprise Square

University of Alberta’s Enterprise Square is a vibrant hub in downtown Edmonton's historic former Bay Building. The campus serves as a home to TEC Edmonton, Faculty of Extension, Alberta School of Business executive education and family business programs, Advancement and Alumni Relations.

South Campus

University of Alberta’s South Campus is known for its agricultural research, at Edmonton Research Station. This campus owns the Saville Community Sports Center, which is spread across 32,516-square-meter, multi-use recreation center that is home to 14 varsity athletic teams, several community sports clubs, and the Canadian women's national basketball team.

Calgary Center

The University of Alberta's Calgary Centre facilitates staff from University Relations, the Registrar's Office, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, the Alberta School of Business, and the School of Public Health.

Libraries-

 University of Alberta each campus consists of branch libraries, which plays an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The library offers 10.6 million items which includes books, e-books and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at University of Alberta. The university's library system is ranked first in Canada in terms of the number of volumes per student. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The library provides flexible and well-equipped surroundings to everyone’s research and learning needs. The library supports the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contributes to advancements in teaching and research programs.                                                                                                                                                    

Housing services-

On-campus- University of Alberta’s Student housing and Residence Life offers residences, apartments where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. Students have an option to reside in the residence halls and apartments. The University of Alberta’s residences offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The University’s residence halls are perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Through University’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in University’s residence halls are- 

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Residence Life staff support
  • Programming created around a residential curriculum
  • 24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- University of Alberta assists students in finding off-campus housing near University’s campus. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff at nearby universities. 

Medical services-

University of Alberta provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students. 

Student’s clubs-

University of Alberta offers more than 400 students’ clubs and organization which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The University offers everything students need to stay active on campus. Some of the clubs at University of Alberta are-

  • Art Club
  • Sign Language Club
  • Science Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Dance Club
  • Business of Sports Club
  • Climbing Club
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • esports Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Skating Club

These are just a few clubs and organizations listed above. There are many other options available to choose from and engross yourself in.

University location

116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada

Top Landmarks-

  • Northern Jubilee Auditorium. #6 of 21 Concerts & Shows in Edmonton
  • William Hawrelak Park 
  • Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
  • Edmonton Ghost Tours
  • Paleontology Museum
  • Convocation Hall
  • University of Alberta Observatory
  • Alberta Legislature Building

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

University of Alberta Offers Undergraduate programs and Graduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Arts
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  •  Civil Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Human Sciences
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English 
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry
  • History

Student Support-

 The International Student Services University of Alberta provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

Visas and Permits

As an international student, you will need to have specific permits and visas to study in Canada.

Initial Study Permit

All University of Alberta students need to have legal status in Canada, and you will need to present your status documents to get your student card. If this is your first time applying for a study permit, you can do it at the nearest Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. You can apply for your permit as soon as you receive your Offer of Admission from the University of Toronto and decide to accept. Because the permit legally entitles you to study in Canada, you will need it before you enter the country.

Temporary Resident Visa

Students from certain countries may also require an entry visa, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), to enter Canada. TRVs are issued by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).

CIC’s requirements may differ depending on your specific geographic region. For instance, some CIC offices require proof of English language proficiency in the form of a standardized test (such as TOEFL or IELTS). A medical examination and proof of funding may also be required. 

International Student Contact-

Office-University of Alberta International

142 TELUS Center

87 Ave & 111 St.

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2R3

E-mail- [email protected]

Student life

student society-

University of Alberta’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the University of Alberta put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. The University of Alberta has over 400 student organizations, so there is something for each student. 

Sports and fitness-

University of Alberta provides activities that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The University provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy. 

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the University of Alberta is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in wellness programs, activities that provide support to holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need. 

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the University of Alberta can easily accommodate a huge population of students. The on-campus housing offers Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. 

Food & drink-

The University of Alberta provides a dining hall on each campus.  Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. Dining plan offers different dining options which includes special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the University of Alberta to have fun like- 

  • Northern Jubilee Auditorium. #6 of 21 Concerts & Shows in Edmonton
  • William Hawrelak Park 
  • Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
  • Edmonton Ghost Tours
  • Paleontology Museum
  • Convocation Hall
  • University of Alberta Observatory
  • Alberta Legislature Building

and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part time jobs

The Career Center Services at University of Alberta provides employment opportunities on-campus to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. The Office of Student Employment helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience which enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

The University of Alberta keeps safety a priority. University’s Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.    

Famous courses

The famous courses at University of Alberta are-

  • engineering
  •  business
  •  agriculture
  •  nursing
  •  earth sciences

Campus recruitment

Process-

The Career and Employability Team at University of Alberta has an excellent placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The University hosts recruitment events and fairs to provide jobs to students. 

Famous companies who recruit directly from University of Alberta–

  • AIMCo
  • ATB
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Syncrude Canada
  • TC Energy
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG LLP
  • MNP LLP Stantec
  •  Jobber
  •  MEDO.AI
  •  Stem Cell
  •  Token Naturals
  • Alcanna
  •  PCL Constructors Inc.

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Receive Offer Letter

University of Alberta Programs

Program
Duration
Format
Tuition Fees
Deadlines
Standard Test

University of Alberta Application Requirements

3.5
GPA
35
IB
80
Percentage
51%
Acceptance Rate

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into top universities in Canada. To be able to get a successful admission in University of Alberta in Canada students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 7.

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University of Alberta Cost of studies

Fees

Bachelors: $ 35,000

Masters: $9,995

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

University of Alberta Deadlines

Undergraduate: March 1

Graduate

July 1 for September intake

November 1 for January intake

March 1 for May intake

May 1 for July intake

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

University of Alberta Rankings

Global

135
US News
110
QS
101 -150
Shanghai
125
Times Higher Education
109
Guardian
90
GTU Rank

Regional

Canada
5
US News
4
QS
5
Shanghai
6
Times Higher Education
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