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.
The U of A is one of the world's top research universities—fourth in Canada and eighty-first in the world for research impact. From making discoveries that answer fundamental questions to building new businesses and industries, to improving human health and fostering social change, our researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge for the benefit of all.
The pursuit of truth drives the work done at the University of Alberta. By asking why, what and how, our researchers push the boundaries of knowledge. They make discoveries that improve our lives, and the world.
Benefiting from multiple internship and work experience programs as well as job shadowing and career mentoring opportunities, U of A graduates rank #1 in Canada and 31st in the world for employment rate.
The University of Alberta Students’ Union (SU) is the official body that represents all undergraduate students and acts as a strong advocate for students at the university, and at all levels of government. We operate a variety of businesses intended to appeal to students (from bars and a deli, to a convenience store and a full service print shop), and provide access to a wide range of student services designed to meet the needs of all of our members. We also operate - and own - the Students' Union Building, and run a budget of more than $10 million, with more than 200 staff.
Library Service Desk (Renewals, questions about borrowing, your account, general inquiries)
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.
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:
The University of Alberta has 18 faculties on five campuses—four in Edmonton, one in Camrose. North Campus has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks nestled on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. Campus Saint-Jean is a French-language campus, a one-of-a kind gem in the heart of Edmonton’s francophone community. Augustana is a historic campus in a vibrant rural community with an intimate residential learning environment. South Campus contains extensive land for agricultural research and is home to several recreational facilities. Enterprise Square forms a hub in Edmonton’s downtown for learners at all stages of life and for entrepreneurs creating businesses out of new research.
Unique to the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, is that the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics teams are housed within our faculty. Athletics offers students the opportunity to interweave their studies and research with applied and interdisciplinary experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
More than 425 student groups provide students with opportunities to pursue academic, cultural, recreational and political interests. Students also participate in university governance as part of the Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association.