University of Alberta

Edmonton, Canada
One hundred years. Twenty-one faculties. Sixty-four departments. Over 3,200 academic staff backed by support staff that number over 5,000. Over 36,000 students, a fourth of which represent 130 countries from around the world. The University of Alberta has much to celebrate after a century of academic excellence and achievement. Today’s University is the end result of a bold vision that began in 1908 with five professors and 45 students in the top floor gymnasium of the Duggan Street School (now Queen Alexandra School). The University was a dream that has endured critics, the horror and sacrifice of two world wars, the Great Depression, and financial challenges. One hundred years later, the dream has proven to be well worth all the effort.



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.


Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The U of A gives a national and international voice to innovation in their province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.


With both state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and over 19000 acres of research land holdings, the U of A advances the fundamental sciences, the social innovation, and new technologies that will help preserve and sustain our environment. Research in ecology, plant genetics, wildlife management, climate change research, and biodiversity monitoring is coupled with investigations of the economic, social and cultural issues that arise with land management practices and policies; watershed management; water quality, supply and demand; and the response of small communities to ecological change.


As one of Canada's top teaching and research universities they employ over 15, 000 faculty and staff across five campuses making us one of the largest employers in the Province of Alberta.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. They are committed to the principle of equity in employment. They welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Distance Learning Courses

Education & Training (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)


Student services

  • Aboriginal Student Services Centre
  • Augustana Student and Residence Services
  • Career Centre
  • Counselling and Clinical Services
  • Community Social Work Team
  • Healthy Campus Unit
  • Math and Applied Sciences Centre
  • Office of the Student Ombuds
  • Student Conduct and Accountability
  • Residence Life
  • Sexual Assault Centre
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Student Success Centre
  • Undergraduate Research Initiative
  • University Health Centre
  • University Health Centre Pharmacy

Housing services

  • Lister Centre
  • Schaffer Hall
  • International Hall
  • HUB
  • Residence Saint-Jean
  • East Campus Village
  • Michner Park
  • Newton Place
  • Graduate Residence
  • Pinecreast House
  • Temarak House
  • Augustana
  • Alder House
  • Linden House

Library services

Cameron Library

  • Main Floor Group Rooms
7 rooms | computer workstation with Microsoft Office | access to printers | wireless access | whiteboard | large table and chairs
  • Cameron Study Hall Group Rooms
9 rooms | computer workstation with Microsoft Office | access to printers | wireless access | whiteboard | large table and chairs
  • Knowledge Common Group Rooms

ICT services

Rapidly increasing use of the Internet by library users in all sectors of Canadian library and information services during recent years has been accompanied by the adoption of policies and procedures to control and monitor access to content.

Medical services

In striving for a healthy campus community, we strongly believe in the value of integrating the following health promotion strategies in the work we do on campus:

  • Expanding collaborations in health and working closely with partners
  • Developing health knowledge and skills
  • Conducting student health research to drive evidence based practice
  • Creating healthy, supportive campus environments

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Alberta is a strong supporter of Campus Alberta. The university has a long history of collaboration with Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. When the provincial government created Campus Alberta in 2002, the U of A took on an active leadership role promoting excellence, access and efficiency across Alberta’s post-secondary sector. Our leadership includes not only programming and research partnerships, but also administrative collaborations.

Sports facilities

University of Alberta varsity teams compete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The U of A's 12 women’s teams, known as the Pandas, and 12 men’s teams, called the Golden Bears, boast 34 national championships in the past 15 years and sit third all-time with 72 national titles. As well, 48 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 43 years.U of A Athletics is coming off a banner 2014–15 year that saw four teams win national titles. The Golden Bears repeated as champions in hockey and volleyball, while U of A curlers won both the men's and women's CIS titles.

Student clubs

  • Accounting Club
  • Alberta School of Business Energy Analytics
  • Alberta Not-for-Profit Case Competition
  • Business and Beyond Club
  • Business Doctoral Association
  • Business Exchange Association
  • Business Finance Association
  • Business Students Association
  • Club de Commerce Bilingue
  • Cooperative Education Students Association
  • eClub
  • Formula SAE - Engineering & Business Students
  • Human Resource Management Club
  • JDC West
  • Management Information Systems Club
  • MBA Association
  • MBA Finance Association (MFA)
  • MBA Games
  • MBA Women's Network
  • Net Impact
  • Network of Empowered Women
  • Program for Research and Investment Management Excellence (PRIME)
  • Rocky Mountain Business Seminar
  • SIFE
  • Streetlight Canada
  • U of A Marketing Association
  • 5 Days for the Homeless

Other Degrees