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University Of Alberta

University Of Alberta
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History & About

The University of Alberta was established in 1906 in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) as a single, public county university through the University Act, passed during the 1st session of the then-new Legislative Assembly, with Premier Alexander C. Rutherford as the legislation's sponsor. The university was designed and planned on the American state university, with prominence on extension work and applied research. The governance was structured on Ontario's University of Toronto Act of 1906, with a diploid system consisting of a senate (faculty) responsible for academic policy and a board of governors (citizens) controlling financial policies and having formal ascendency in all other matters. The president, delegated by the board, provided a conjugate between the two bodies and performed institutional leadership.

Bitter squabbles took place between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton over the surroundings of the state capital and the university. It was concluded that the capital would be north of the North Saskatchewan Riverside and that the university would be in a city south side. The city of Edmonton became the capital, and the then-separate city of Strathcona on the southern bank of the river, where Premier Alexander Rutherford lived, was sanctioned by the university. When the two cities coalesced in 1912, Edmonton became both the political and academic capital.

The university has had confederations with several religiously-based post-secondary institutions over the years: St. Stephen's College, St. Joseph's College (Roman Catholic), Concordia University College, King's College (mixed/varied). Campus Saint-Jean, which began in 1910 as a Juniorate of the Oblate Order with connections to the University of Ottawa, became part of the University of Alberta in 1963 and now offers bachelor and some master's programs in French. In 2004 the university took over Camrose Lutheran College, which was later recognized as Augustana Campus in that city.

The University of Alberta formulated branches in Calgary and Lethbridge in the 1950s, which became independent universities in 1966 and 1967, respectively.

The university has 5 distinguished campuses, including, in addition to the North Campus, 2 auxiliary satellite campuses: Campus Saint-Jean in south-east Edmonton and Augustana Campus in Camrose, 90 km south-east of Edmonton. An extensively modernized and remodeled historic Hudson's Bay departmental store in Edmonton, renamed Enterprise Square, delivers as a campus for adult students belonging to the Faculty of Extension. The university owns a large area of mostly undeveloped land (used as an experimental farm and the site of several agricultural and sports facilities) slightly south of the main campus, called South Campus (previously the University Farm), in which an entirely new university complex of similar magnitude to the North Campus will be constructed. The existing campuses are:

  1. 1. North Campus
  2. 2. South Campus
  3. 3. Campus Saint-Jean
  4. 4. Augustana Campus
  5. 5. Enterprise Square

Faculties & CoursesFaculties & Courses

Faculties & Courses

The U of A has about 40,300 students, including approximately 7,800 graduate students and 7,900 international students representing 152 countries. Various faculties at U of Alberta 


Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

  • Department of Agricultural& Food Science
  • Botanic Garden
  • Department of Human Ecology
  • Department of Renewable Resources
  • Department of Rural Economy


Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Art and Design
  • Arts Resource Centre
  • CSL Community Service-Learning
  • Department of Drama
  • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Department of History and Classics
  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Department of Modern Languages and Culture
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Women's Studies Program


School of Business

  • Department of Accounting and Management Information
  • Department of Finance and Management Science
  • Department of Marketing&Business Economics
  • Department of Strategic Management and Organization


Faculty of Education

  • Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Department of Elementary Education
  • Department of Secondary Education
  • Division of Technology in Education
  • School of Library and Information Studies


Faculty of Engineering

  • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Co-op Program


Faculty of Extension

  • Applied Sciences Programs
  • Business Programs
  • Adult and Continuing Education Programs
  • Communications and Technology Programs
  • English Language Programs
  • Government Studies Programs
  • Liberal Studies Programs
  • Medical Acupuncture Program

Graduate Studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

  • Professional Development Programs
  • University Teaching Program
  • University of Alberta Outreach


Faculty of Law


Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

  • Division of Anatomy
  • Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Cell Biology
  • Centre for Neuroscience
  • Division of Critical Care Medicine
  • Department of Dentistry
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Health Ethics Centre
  • Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
  • Department of Medical Genetics
  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Department of Oncology
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Department of Surgery

Native Studies

Faculty of Native Studies


Faculty of Nursing


Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation

Public Health

School of Public Health


Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Research Centre
  • Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Centre for Studies in Clinical Education
  • Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research


Faculty of Science

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computing Science
  • Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology

The university offers post-secondary education in about 390 undergraduate and about 500+ graduate programs.

Upcoming Batches & Important DeadlinesUpcoming Batches & Important Deadlines

Upcoming Batches & Important Deadlines

Academic Year: The academic year is divided into 4sub-divisions known as "terms" as below
July to August Summer Term
September to December Fall Term
January to April Winter Term
May to June Spring Term

Dates and Deadlines

Below are some critical dates for Fall 2022 admission. For more details, please refer to the University Calendar

Schedule for 2021-22
1stOctober 2021 Date of Opening: application date for admissions, awards, and residences
1st October2021 Date of Opening: application date for Spring & Summer 2022 admission
16thOctober 2021 Open House
12thJanuary 2022 Entrance Award application last date.
14thFebruary 2022 Submission of new final high school marks in the application
15thFebruary  2022 Deadline for submission Program Change Request form
1stMarch2022 Deadline for submission of admission application for most programs
31stMarch 2022 Deadline for acceptance of admission offer for Fall 2021 Juris Doctor (Law) program.
26thApril 2022 Class Schedule released for planning purposes.
30thApril 2022 Last date to self-report final high school marks in application.
30thApril 2022 Deadline for new students to apply for North Campus residences for a guaranteed spot. Applications may also be considered after this date.
April 2022 Opening of Registration for courses-Fall 2022.
March & April 2022 Attend a Registration Workshop
1stMay 2022 Deadline for acceptance of admission offers made before 1st April.  However, admission evaluations are done on a rolling basis.
15thJune 2022 Deadline for submission of transcripts and other requirementsfor post-secondary applicants.
1stAugust  2022 Deadline to submit pending documents for high school students. For Alberta applicants, high school transcriptions are automatically obtained on their behalf and are usually received by the Registrar’s Office in early August.
September 2022 Classes begin……

Grades At University Of Alberta

In the University of Alberta, academic grading follows a format of letter grades (A to D), sentences describing how well one's performance is to the curricular tasks expected, and percentages generally reserved for high percentages are used.

Letter Percent
A+ 95% to100%
A 86% to 94%
A− 80% to 85%
B+ 77% to 79%
B 74% to 76%
B− 70% to 73%
C+ 67% to 69%
C 64% to 66%
C− 60% to 63%
D+ 57% to 59%
D 54% to 56%
D− 50% to 53%
F 0% to 49%

Letter Grading System (current system)Letter Grading System (current system)

2003 onwards, the university used a 4-point letter-grading pattern to evaluate Grade Point Averages (GPA).

Grade points indicate acumen of student’s achievement & performance in a class. The educators' gauge in terms of raw scores, pecking order the papers in order of excellence, and accredit an appropriate grade to each paper.

Letter Grading System

Descriptor Letter Grade Grade Point Value
Excellent A+
Good B+
Satisfactory B-
Failure C

In addition to the letter grades described above, the University of Alberta currently registers the following grades and remarks:

Final Grades
AE. aegrotat standing
AU. registered as an auditor
AW. registered as an auditor and withdrew
CR. completed requirements, no grade point assigned
EX. Exempt
IN. Incomplete
IP. course in progress
IP.* withdrawn from or failed course in progress
NC. fail, no grade point value assigned
W. withdrawn with permission
* Further discussion on the University of Alberta's evaluation procedures and grading system can be tracked in the University Calendar.

Fees, Cost Of LivingFees, Cost Of Living

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Medicine and HealthCare (4 Courses) 6 Month- 3 Year C$ 8,070– C$ 10,300
MBA (9 Courses) 16 Month - 4 Year C$ 36,900– C$ 15600
Engineering (13 Courses) 18 Month - 4 Year C$ 9,600
Science (9 Courses) 20 Month - 4 Year C$9,000
Arts (2 Courses) 2 Year - 4 Year C$ 9,600– C$ 21,000
Law (1 Course) 1 year C$ 11,300
Information Technology (IT) (3 Courses) 2 Year - 4 Year C$ 9,400– C$40,000

Cost of Living Estimate

Cost of Living Estimate

Main factors that will influence how much one’s degree will cost

  1. Instructional (tuition) fees : These cover the cost of one’s courses and instruction. Different programs will have different costs.
  2. Non-instructional fees : These cover various student services and benefits.
  3. Books and supplies: Every course has required reading and textbooks; the cost can vary greatly for each course or program. The cost outlined in the first-year estimate table is an estimated average only.
  4. Living arrangement: Whether a student prefers to live at home, in residence, or off-campus will impact the overall cost of their degree.

Living costs vary greatly based on an individual's overall standard of living. These costs and figures are approximate and for a general guideline. All figures are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

  8 months ($CAD) 12 months ($CAD)
Food1 $2,600 $2,900
Clothing $450 $650
Public Transit Pass2 $0 $310
Books and Supplies $1,250  
Miscellaneous $1,500 $2,230

Note 1: Buying a meal plan is mandatory for students living in Lister Hall and optional for those living in other residences. Food costs for students living off-campus may vary.

Note 2: Student public transport pass for September to April is included in U of Alberta's non-instructional fees. From May to August, students may opt for a public transport pass.


Residences are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date eligible individuals opted to live in residence. This is, however, not applicable to Lister Residence and International House. Offers may reshape depending on inhabitancy and/or operational requirements.

Applications for Winter 2022 will commence in mid-September.

Various residences at the University of Alberta are:

Lister Residence

Lister Residence is a traditional 1st-year dorm room residence with five towers branching off of the central building. This residence also has academic and non-academic companion floors, quiet floors, and substance-free floors.

Peter Lougheed Hall

Peter Lougheed Hall is one of the university’s newest student residences, commenced in Fall 2017 with space for nearly 150 residents.

Residence Saint-Jean

Nipsey House

The newest, state-of-the-art residence has large multi-room apartments, with all the conveniences that one needs. For 2021-2022, Nîpisîy House is the home to the Faculty of Engineering Colleagues as well as upper-year undergraduate students.

Pinecrest and Tamarack House

Modern, walk-up apartments, snuggled in the opulent Garneau environment, steps away from Edmonton's stunning river valley.


HUB is an unparalleled residence located in the proximity of high traffic campus shopping center. Residence units are accessed through staircases leading to the shopping center.

Aspen and Maple House

Live-in walk-up apartment comprises of one to four bedrooms in Aspen and Maple House, conventionally known as East Campus Village or ECV.

Linden House

Linden House is located in a picturesque adjacency on the eastern side of campus.

Alder House

Located in a spectacular neighborhood on the eastern side of campus, the University’s Alder House residence provides on-campus residence housing in a co-educational community.

International House

I-House is home to residents from Canada and around the world who augment the Global Education program.

Graduate Residence

Graduate Residence consists of four alluring buildings: Rockcress, Stonecrop, Juniper, and Speedwell.

What types of rental accommodation are available?

Edmonton has a wide variety of accommodations available. Here are some options to better acquaint oneself with the options he/she can expect.

  • High Rise Apartments
  • Walk-up Apartments
  • Suites (in a house)
  • Room and Board (Apartment or house)
  • Bachelor Apartment

Best Edmonton Neighbourhoods for Students

  • Strathcona
  • Parkallen
  • Queen Alexandra
  • Garneau
  • Central McDougall
  • Walterdale
  • Pleasant view
  • McKernan

Ratings & RankingsRatings & Rankings

University of Alberta World Ranking

The University of Alberta is adequately recognized worldwide. Following are the 2021 World Rankings of U of Alberta by some acclaimed ranking agencies. When we look at the performance of UofAlberta nationally, then its performance has been commendable and stood at #5 rank in QS University rankings Canada 2021. However, it has been placed at #119 pin the QS World University Rankings 2021. Likewise, the University of Alberta has been ranked at #6 position Times Higher Education nationally, and it has been positioned #131 in the World University Ranking 2021.

The University of Alberta has sustained its quality of ranking and research output for the last 5 years and has been placed among the top 150 higher education institutes worldwide by Shanghai Ranking (ARWU). The employment recruiters have acknowledged the University of Alberta and have been amongst the most employable in Canada as per the QS graduate employment rankings.

Ranking By Year 2016 Year 2017 Year 2018 Year 2019 Year 2020 Year 2021
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings. #101to150 #101 to 150 #101 to 150 #101 to 150 #101 to 150 NA
QS - World University Ranking. NA #94 #90 #109 #113 #119
THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking. NA #107 #119 #132 #136 #131
US News & World Report - Global Universities. NA NA #137 #139 #139 #138

How To Apply And Selection NormsHow To Apply And Selection Norms

How To Apply And Selection Norms

Here is the basic application process of the University of Alberta and things one needs to take into consideration:

Choosing the right program:

At the University of Alberta, one gets to opt between 300+ UG programs and 500+ graduate programs. Thus, choosing the right option may seem staggering. Before choosing a program it's best to carefully go through the program offerings, time duration, and future prospects.

Check the entry requirements:

It is felicitous to check the entry requirements of the programs of one’s preference and contact the respective department in case of any doubt. This is essential because:

  • The entry prerequisites differ from program to program
  • The date deadline to apply for entry may vary by department as there are departments that accept applications throughout the year, while a few of them accept applications only once a year.
  • Application processes for different programs differ from one another; some of them may require an aspirant to contact the potential supervisor. The rest will be required to satisfy other entry requirements such as attending interviews or submitting detailed resumes.

Make an application:

After completing the steps mentioned above, one may then proceed with the online application process. It is better to keep all the documents accessible before applying for admission. Please note that the online application process hardly takes quite less time involvement to complete and will require you to pay an application fee of up to 100 C$.

Complete the application process

The completion of the process of applying at the University of Alberta can be accomplished in a few easy steps:

  • Enroll Online Academic Writing Services for Students after exploring the program options and other admission requisites.
  • Submit the completed application with a non-refundable fee and save the receipt of a successful submission for future record.
  • Wait to receive the email from U of A, mentioning Computing ID and ID Number, and use it to access the personal account for more admission-related updates.
  • Submit the official copies and any remaining documents.
  • Accept your offer of a place and deposit a non-refundable tuition deposit of 1,000 C$ to be credited towards the final tuition fee.
  • Scrutinize University of Alberta scholarship offers.
  • Apply for a study permit on top priority.
  • Remember to send all the official and complete documents by the official deadlines to the university’s Registrar’s Office.

University of Alberta Application Evaluation Process

University of Alberta Application Evaluation Process

In order to maximize one’s prospects of admission, it is always recommended that the aspirants apply for two programs. When they mention two preferences, they will be required to specify their first choice and second choice of program.

Firstly, one’s first choice program will be taken into consideration, and his/her application will be scrutinized for determining eligibility.

In case if the aspirant’s application and the supporting documents are found to be satisfactory, an offer of a place will be made for the 1st choice program. And if he/she does not qualify, their 2ndchoice program will be considered for evaluation.

On clearing the eligibility criteria, one will receive an offer letter which they need to accept. One can accept the offer for a 2nd choice program even if there’s a delay in the acceptance letter for the 1st program choice.

Since thousands of candidates are applying for admission, it becomes extremely important that one drafts application stand apart by some good letters of reference and an incredibly enrapturing statement of purpose. Also, probable candidates should keep careful track of admission-related deadlines and must ensure to send in all the essential documents on time to bypass any last-minute rush & complications.

International Student Scholarships Value: C$9,000
Gold Standard Scholarship Value: C$6,000
University of Alberta International Country Scholarship Value: C$5,000
University of Alberta International Entrance Citation Value: C$40,000 (payable over 4 years)
University of Alberta Centenary Scholarship Value: C$30,000 (payable over 3 years)
International Leadership Scholarship Value: C$7,500

Placements & Employment OpportunitiesPlacements & Employment Opportunities

In terms of employability, the University of Alberta has proved itself as one of the best universities in Canada for obtaining the highest scores for the 'Partnerships with Employers' category (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

University of Alberta Placement Highlights
Annual Median Salary (Within 6 months) C$50,00 to 55,000
Annual Median Salary (Within 5 years) C$70,000 to 75,000
Students with Permanent Jobs (Within 6 months) 64.0%
Students with Permanent Jobs (Within 5 years) 82.0%
Students with Temporary Jobs (Within 6 months) 36.0%
Students with Temporary Jobs (Within 5 years) 18.0%

Companies primarily hiring U of Alberta graduates, and the corresponding pay ranges are mentioned below.

Employer PPay Range (in C$)D)
Alberta Health Services 68,500-1,22,500
University of Alberta 42,000-1,05,000
Government of Alberta 60,000-1,20,000
Alberta Blue Cross 43,500-1,38,500
Canadian Western Bank 51,000-120,000

Top Recruiters

  • AIMCo
  • ATB
  • Financial
  • RBC Royal
  • Aurora Cannabis
  • Jobber,
  • Stem Cell
  • Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
  • AltaML
  • Amazon
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • MNP LLP Stantec
  • PCL Constructors Inc.
  • WestJet
  • YMCA of Northern Alberta

Nearby Cities & AirportsNearby Cities & Airports

Major Airports

  • Key West International Airport
  • Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport
  • Koltsovo Airport
  • Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

Major Cities

  • 3 km - Edmonton, Canada
  • 278 km - Calgary, Canada
  • 786 km - Surrey, Canada
  • 788 km - Burnaby, Canada
  • 790 km - Vancouver, Canada
  • 862 km - Victoria, Canada
  • 879 km - Seattle, WA
  • 1078 km - Portland, OR
  • 1116 km - Boise, ID
  • 1156 km - Winnipeg, Canada
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