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The University of Calgary is a research-intensive public university in Calgary, Albertamarker, Canadamarker. The University is composed of 24,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students.

Initially, the university was the Calgary Branch of the University of Albertamarker. In the first half of the 20th century, the University of Calgary separated from the University of Alberta, and was founded in 1966. The University of Calgary, or "U of C", is composed of 17 faculties including a teachers' college, law school, medical school and veterinary school. The campus is in the north-west quadrant of Calgarymarker.

The University of Calgary is one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada with seventh most Canada Research Chairs. It is a member of the G13 (Group of Thirteen), Association of Commonwealth Universities, International Association of Universities, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The university has a sponsored research revenue of $282 million, with total revenues exceeding $800 million. Being in Calgary, with Canada's highest concentration of engineers and geoscientists, both the Faculty of Science, Department of Geosciences and the Schulich School of Engineering maintain ties to the petroleum and geoscience industry.



Aerial view of the University grounds
The university offers 150 programs in post-secondary education awarding bachelors, masters, and doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees. The campus has an area of 2.13 km² and hosts 16 faculties, 55 departments and 36 research institutes and centers (see Canadian university scientific research organizations). The teaching staff is 2,596. The university employs 2,777 management, professional and support staff. This puts the staff at 5,363, making it one of Calgary's four largest employers. The university has Alberta's toughest entry requirements, and due to the higher demand in post-secondary education, the acceptance rate is around 50%.

With the economic boom in Alberta, the government has promised $4.5 billion to post-secondary institutions in the province.

The university maintains a research partnership with the City of Calgary, the Urban Alliance. This uses problems facing cities inter-disciplinary university innovation. Its purpose is to deliver quality of life and qualified people to the city, province and county. Early innovations are helping reduce GHG, integrate immigrant newcomers, reshape urban form, reduce youth crime, adapt to climate change, create alternate energy, support seniors, increase disaster resilience, improve mobility, water quality and other aspects.


South entrance to MacEwan Student Centre
Several of the university's recognized faculties are the Schulich School of Engineering, the Haskayne School of Business at Scurfield Hall, Kinesiology, a medical school (MD), a law school (LLB), and in 2008, Western Canada's second veterinary school.

The faculties are:
  • Faculty of Communication and Culture
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environmental Design
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Haskayne School of Business
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Schulich School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


University of Calgary is a non-denominational institution established in 1966, when an existing college, the Calgary branch of the University of Albertamarker gained autonomy as a university. The Calgary branch of the University of Alberta was founded in 1945. The University of Calgary has developed a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

University of Albertamarker a single, public provincial university created in 1906 was modeled on the American state university, with an emphasis on extension work and applied research. The governance was modeled on the provincial University of Torontomarker 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 policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society. The University of Calgary launched its program in architecture in 1971. The University of Calgary has developed a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Rankings and Reputation

The School motto on display
Webometrics University Rankings, which ranks universities on their presence on the Internet, ranks the University of Calgary 60th in the USA and Canada category and 78th in the world. It is ranked 5th in Canada.

Research Infosource ranks the top 50 research universities in Canada each year. Calgary is currently ranked 7th.

The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks the school 148th in the world.

The University of Calgary is ranked in the 203-304 area, but in the 100-200 area last year, in the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by the Shanghai Jiao Tong Universitymarker. It is given a regional rank (encompassing the Americas) of 99-138. Its national rank is in the area of 8-17.

Calgary's Haskayne's School of Business is renowned for strengths in undergraduate business, although this is disputed, such as in Maclean Magazine's popular ranking system. In 2006, at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition, hosted annually by Queen's University, Calgary continued to rank at the top in each area. Twenty-eight Canadian Undergraduate Business schools, with three from outside Canada, competed to solve business problems, and complete business cases. Calgary topped the rankings in business policy, debating, finance, labour arbitration, marketing and management information systems. It ranked third in accounting. Calgary came out the most successful school, one of four in the top 3 in more than one category (seven out of eight in Calgary's case).

The University of Calgary ranks 7th 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 G13, opted out of the rankings. Other universities opting out in 2006 included Dalhousie, McMaster, Simon Fraser, Alberta, British Columbiamarker, Lethbridge, Manitoba, Montreal, Ottawa, Carleton, Toronto and Queen's, rendering the ranking useless for all intents and purposes.


The university is home to MacEwan Hall Ballroom, a concert venue holding 1000 people. The Ballroom is also used for conferences, dinners, and political debates, and recently the 2006 Alberta PC leadership debate.

The university also has the Rozsa Centre, a theatre and concert hall on the south west side of campus, off 24th Ave NW. The Rozsa Centre has a Bach organ built by Jürgen and Hendrik Ahrend. The Rozsa Centre hosts wind ensembles, choirs, and other fine arts. Musical competitions are held at every year and can host 384 people. The University Theatre, beside the Rozsa Centre, is designed for drama and dance with seating for 505 .

The campus is home to the Black Lounge. Throughout most of the 1990s, the room was a music venue. Its capacity for live music entertainment is 350.

The Olympic Ovalmarker ice arena was site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the fastest ice in the world. It has a 400m track oval as well as a short track and two ice hockey rinks. The campus also has the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, consisting of three gymnasiums with bleachers that cover the outer two courts capable of seating 2,700 people. The University campus also covers the McMahon Stadiummarker, which is home to the Dinos Football Team and the Calgary Stampeders.


The university is represented in Canada West, a division of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference by the Calgary Dinos. The Dinos compete in 12 varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The Dinos also have 2 club teams: Men's Baseball and Men's Rugby

The football team plays home matches at McMahon Stadiummarker, home of CFL's Calgary Stampeders. It has won the Vanier Cup on four occasions, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1995.


Kananaskis Hall
The residence buildings on campus house 1800 students, situated in eight buildings named after mountains in the Canadian Rockies. The two traditional buildings are Rundle Hall and Kananaskis Hall and were built in the early 1960s when the university relocated to its present campus. Five newer buildings named Glacier, Olympus, Norquay, Brewster, and Castle Halls were built prior to the 1988 Winter Olympics as the athletes’ Olympic Village. However, each is smaller than the traditional buildings, being three or four stories tall and housing 10 to 30 students on each floor. The newest, Cascade Hall, is five stories and is the third largest residence building, its floors being able to house more students. The newest six buildings are all designed in the style of apartments with a hallway on each floor with sets of rooms that can accommodate up to four people each. This is in contrast to the traditional buildings which have hallways on each floor, each having rooms accommodating two, along with a common area at the centre of the building on each floor.

A new building, International House houses 200 international students, instructors and conference attendees. This is part of the university's $1.5 billion capital program. With the completion of this new building the number of beds on campus will increase to 2000.

Leadership on Campus

In 2009, the U of C's Office of the Student Experience launched their own co-curricular record, the first of its kind in western Canadian universities. The co-curricular record is an official university document to be coupled with a student's academic transcript, that recognizes out-of-classroom experiences that are still connected to the university.


Through the university’s Native Ambassador Program Initiative, aboriginal students act as role models to younger students in their home communities. To assist with transition to a career, the university is leading an Aboriginal Lynx Career and Employment Project with other universities including University of Saskatchewanmarker and University of Winnipegmarker.

Qatar Campus

In 2007, the University of Calgary established a campus in Doha, Qatar, the University of Calgary - Qatar, which currently focuses upon nursing education. Current programs include the Bachelor of Nursing Regular Track (BNRT) and the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Nursing (PDBN), with graduate programs to be phased in.


Notable alumni








Histories of the University

  • Geertje Boschma 'Faculty of Nursing on the Move: "Thirty Years of Nursing Education, Research and Science at the University of Calgary, 1969-2000" (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, September 30, 2005)

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