Our story

UCalgary is – like our host city – a destination for people with ambitious dreams and the grit essential to fulfill them.

Our purpose

UCalgary offers students a high-quality educational experience that prepares them for success in life, as well as research that addresses society’s most persistent challenges. Our creation and transfer of knowledge contributes every day to our country’s global competitive advantage and makes the world a better place.

We do this in Calgary – Canada’s most enterprising and caring city, where the Western can-do spirit, sense of family, and youthful energy permeate everything we do. We're pioneers at heart, innovators by necessity and desire, community-builders because it’s in our DNA. We see potential where others balk at challenges and we know how to cooperate to "git’er done."

Our values

What’s important to us and what kind of university – and people – we strive to be.

Balance

We complement the research, learning and work environment with social, cultural, sports and recreational spaces, services, and programs to promote a healthy community.

Collaboration

We build bridges through proactive communications between individuals, between teams, between departments and faculties, and with other organizations in the community, with integrity and transparency.

Curiosity

We are stimulated by the unknown and unexpected, and rely on it to provoke exploration and innovation.

Excellence

We expect the best of everyone who works and learns at the University of Calgary. We support and recognize the achievements of all community members and help each other achieve our highest ambitions.

Globalization

We think and act with a global mindset, acknowledging the pervasiveness of worldwide connectivity, aware of global developments and acting on opportunities to benefit the world we serve.

Support

We value people who interact with others in an inclusive and respectful manner. We offer high-quality programs and services to promote health and safety, foster community morale and meet the diverse needs of all we serve.

Sustainability

We commit to leadership in sustainable ways of living, working and learning. We take care of the physical, natural and social environment. We uphold balanced budgets, positive social relationships and the health of our planet.

Our mandate

Learn about our reason for being, and the guidelines under which we operate.

The expectations we live up to

The University of Calgary is expected to achieve focused outcomes that support and encourage engagement, economic, social, and cultural prosperity, and are valuable to all Albertans.

Each spring, the University of Calgary updates and submits its Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP), a three-year, integrated planning document that satisfies legislated requirements described within the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Fiscal Planning and Transparency Act.

Each fall, the university reports on that plan with an Annual Report to Government, which includes our financial statements.

We also supplement these formal submissions with a Community Report that showcases the progress we've made over the course of the previous year.

Our history

The story of how we carved out a place for ourselves and built this great institution.

Like many Calgary success stories, ours has a spirited beginning, an unprecedented growth spurt, and a promising future.

Even before Alberta became a province in September 1905, the citizens of a very young Calgary were determined to host a post-secondary institution as part of building a great city.

In 1906, the Alberta Normal School (which would later become our own Werklund School of Education) began operations and provided a steady stream of educators for a new province eager to grow and advance quickly.

When the University of Alberta was founded in 1908 in Strathcona (now part of Edmonton), Calgarians were disappointed with the "branch plant" concept that ensued and lobbied for decades for an independent institution of their own. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and volunteers joined together to support the cause, with great passion and commitment.

Their dedication was finally rewarded on April 29, 1966, when the University of Calgary was granted autonomy. From there, growth was fast and furious, as a new campus took shape and innovative educators came to Calgary from around the world.

In 2016-17, the University of Calgary marked its 50th Anniversary as an autonomous institution.

Our people

Meet and join the students, academics, and staff who make up our community and make us so proud of our university.

Students

Our students are some of the most curious, inquisitive and civic-minded on the planet. They come from across Alberta and Canada and from around the world, building a diverse campus community that helps make Calgary the special place it is.

Academic staff

As we strive to become one of Canada’s top learning and research universities, we seek to attract the most talented, skilled academic staff we can find and to create an environment where they can experiment and succeed, guide students to reach their full academic potential, and lead ground-breaking research.

Post-doctoral scholars

Do world-changing work as you help translate research discoveries into applications that provide benefits to society worldwide. We have a strong, focused research agenda and welcome colleagues from across the globe.

Management and staff

Working at UCalgary means being immersed in learning and youthful optimism, and making a real difference in the lives of others each day. From research assistants to student advisors, groundskeepers to directors, administrators to development officers — they’re all critical to the success of our university.

Alumni

More than 163,000 UCalgary alumni contribute to their communities in more than 150 countries. Every year, about 6,000 more new graduates join this extended family of changemakers, actively building our city (two-thirds of our alumni stay in the Calgary area) and shaping our society worldwide.

Board of Governors members

The Board of Governors is responsible for the stewardship of the University on behalf of the people of Alberta. Board members serve as governors/trustees. The composition of the Board is mandated by Alberta's Post-Secondary Learning Act. Members are appointed by Order in Council or Ministerial Order.

Senators

Senators are volunteers who are passionate about education, research, and innovation – active ambassadors who are eager to share the pivotal role the University of Calgary plays within our vibrant city. Each fall, we recruit for open Senate positions.

Community supporters

Tens of thousands of people and organizations support the University of Calgary with their time, talent and treasure. They enable transformative change and allow our academics to focus on the work at hand: delivering the best possible education for our students and making discoveries that will change all of our lives for the better.

Our spirit

75 million years ago, Alberta was one of the richest dinosaur habitats on the planet. The sub-tropical landscape around Calgary thundered with the footsteps of ferocious reptiles. Today, the UCalgary Dinos channel that same ferocity, showing leadership on the courts, fields, ice, and waves of interuniversity sport and in the pursuit of new knowledge and innovation for society as we know it. We are all Dinos.

Facts and figures

UCalgary by the numbers

The University of Calgary is a publicly funded research-intensive university founded in 1966, with 14 faculties offering more than 250 academic programs, and more than 50 research institutes and centers. As one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, UCalgary combines the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. Our main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and covers more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown.

Our university
  • Founded 1966, with origins in the early 1900s
  • Colors: red and gold
  • Motto: Mo shùile togam suas (Gaelic) – I will lift up my eyes
  • 5 campuses: 4 in the Calgary area and 1 in Doha, Qatar
  • 14 faculties
  • 1,800+ academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching
  • 3,200+ non-academic staff focused on operating the institution and delivering against our core mandate
  • $1.3 billion consolidated budget: contributes nearly $8 billion annually to Alberta’s economy
  • 30,000+ students: 24,000+ undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students
  • Nearly 185,000+ alumni; 2/3 live or work in the Calgary area
Rankings and accolades
  • Top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2019)
  • 128 in the world and 6 in Canada based on total publications (CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019)
  • 196 in the world and 7 in Canada, Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 2018
  • Top 200 universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities [ShanghaiRanking Consultancy], 2018
  • Top 200 most globally oriented universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2016)
  • Top 5 in Canada and 125th of 938 universities worldwide in research performance (European Centre for Science and Technology, Leiden, 2017)
  • Top 10 most sustainable organizations in Canada (Corporate Knights, 2016)
  • Technology Challenger (Times Higher Education, 2017)
  • A Canadian leader in high-performance green buildings and sustainable site practices
  • Alberta’s first Fair Trade Campus
  • Alberta’s top employers (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Canada's best diversity employers (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • WorldatWork Alliance for WorkLife Progress Seal of Distinction (2015, 2016, 2017)
Home of the Dinos
  • 500 student-athletes compete on varsity teams each year
  • Top 5 in Canada for Academic All-Canadian student-athletes
  • Since 1976, Dinos student-athletes have brought home more than a dozen Olympic medals
Exceptional facilities
  • Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: the first building in Canada dedicated solely to improving post-secondary teaching and learning
  • Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking: New initiative to immerse the campus in a bold and new approach to teaching, learning, discovery and knowledge sharing
  • International Microbiome Centre: Canada's only research center to study the microbiome and its impact on human and animal health
  • W.A. Ranches: 19,000 acres of working cattle ranch that will anchor world-class teaching, learning and research facility
  • Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building: one of the largest LEED Platinum laboratories in North America
  • Taylor Family Digital Library: the most technologically advanced library in North America
  • Olympic Oval: home to the fastest ice in the world
  • Child Development Centre: one of the most heavily instrumented buildings in North America
Our teaching and learning
  • 250+ programs
  • 95% undergraduate retention rate
  • 78% 'good' or 'excellent' 1st-year student satisfaction
  • 91.1% graduate employment rate, 76.7% employed in fields related to discipline
  • 7.8 million items in library collections
  • 15 Rhodes scholars to date
Our research and scholarship
  • #6 top research university in Canada — in terms of sponsored research funding
  • $419.2 million in sponsored research funding (2017-2018)
  • 148 research chairs
  • 356 new invention disclosures (2017-2018, 3-year running total)
Six focal areas address global priorities in:
  • Energy innovations for today and tomorrow
  • Human dynamics in a changing world
  • Engineering solutions for health
  • New Earth-space technologies
  • Infections, inflammation, and chronic diseases
  • Brain and mental health
Our city
  • Calgary, Alberta, a population of 1.4 million
  • Best place to live in Canada (MoneySense Magazine, March 2013)
  • #1 most liveable city in North America and #4 in the world (2018 Global Liveability Ranking, Economics Intelligence Unit)
  • The 4th largest and the fastest-growing city in Canada
  • Energy capital of Canada
  • Global finance hub
  • #3 most diverse city in Canada
  • Most patents per city in Canada (C.D. Howe Institute, 2018)
  • The highest concentration of corporate head offices and small businesses per capita in Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
  • 40 international consulate offices
  • Largest urban pathway network in North America
  • Home to Canada’s National Music Centre and the internationally renowned Calgary Stampede
  • The sunniest city in Canada — over 333 days a year
  • View this great video about Calgary prepared by our partners at Calgary Economic Development

Our campuses

Located in the foothills of Canada’s snow-capped Rocky Mountains, and reaching to the desert shores of the Persian Gulf, UCalgary welcomes the world.

The University of Calgary is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with four campuses in the Calgary area and a fifth in Doha, Qatar. Calgary is one of Canada’s cleanest, safest, most culturally diverse urban centers, repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. With a population of 1.2 million, it's also the largest city in Alberta and the third-largest municipality in Canada.

Many of our sites are located on the traditional territories of First Nations Peoples of Treaty 7. The Treaty 7 Lands in Southern Alberta are home to the Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation, Siksika Nation, Tsuuu T’ina Nation, and the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley (Stoney- Nakoda) Nations. Calgary is also home to Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

5 campuses linked by the desire to create and share knowledge.

Main campus

Built in the 1960s — and evolving ever since — our main campus is now home to 11 of our 14 faculties, our world-class research and athletics facilities, and extensive support services for students, faculty and staff.

Foothills campus

Home to the Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, this campus is located about a kilometer south of the main campus, next to the Foothills Medical Centre. The Health Sciences Centre, the Heritage Medical Building, the Health Research Innovation Centre and the Teaching, Research and Wellness building are all found here.

Downtown campus

Located in Calgary’s downtown core, this campus offers select graduate level and executive educational programming through the Haskayne School of Business and The School of Public Policy. The university’s Alumni Association is headquartered here, in a learning hub that also offers convenient meeting and function space for the city’s business community.

Spy Hill campus

This campus hosts hands-on clinical and diagnostic learning for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as clinical and applied research. Facilities include the Clinical Skills Building, the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, and the Wildlife Research Station. Spy Hill is also the site of the university’s advanced High-Density Library storage facility.

Doha, Qatar campus

UCalgary opened its first overseas branch campus in Doha, Qatar in 2007. Today, the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) educates future nursing leaders in the region by offering Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing programs accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

Field stations and other facilities

From legacy Olympic venues and rustic field stations to a high-Arctic research site, a marine institute, and one of Canada’s most advanced astrophysical observatories, the University of Calgary has some compelling, off-the-beaten-track destinations worth exploring.

Programs taught in:
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MSc

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Having your pick of a wide range of exciting fields of study is what makes the Civil Engineering (MSc Thesis) program attractive to students. They can specialize in one o ... [+]

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Having your pick of a wide range of exciting fields of study is what makes the Civil Engineering (MSc Thesis) program attractive to students. They can specialize in one of several sub-disciplines, including Biomechanics, Bituminous Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Structures and Solid Mechanics, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources, Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary), and Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary). After completing an in-depth, original research project related to their chosen sub-discipline, students get to write a corresponding thesis, allowing them to gain in-depth knowledge and research experience.

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Master

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Students who want to advance their careers should consider the Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng Course) program, which is often taken on a part-time basis. Ideal ... [+]

Program overview

Students who want to advance their careers should consider the Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng Course) program, which is often taken on a part-time basis. Ideal for students who aspire to gain more knowledge beyond their bachelor degree, the program usually takes four to six-years of part-time study. Students will be part of a vibrant community of researchers who are focused on finding practical solutions to real-world problems. As a professional degree that is purely course-based, the program prepares students for careers in high-tech companies in positions such as research and development engineer, system/network architect, system designer, system engineer, application engineer, application developer, and software architect.... [-]

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