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The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016-17, we are making tremendous progress on our journey to become one of Canada’s top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is calledEyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

UCalgary’s main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of the Rocky Mountains, covering more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. Currently, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. UCalgary has graduated an estimated 160,000 alumni over its 50-year history, including the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and current Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. UCalgary has around 1,800 academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching in Canada and around the world, and more than 3,100 staff, making it one of the largest employers in Calgary. The university produces an economic impact of $7.92 billion in the province of Alberta.

The academic priorities that provide a foundation for the university to reach its strategic direction are (2012 Academic Plan):

  • Talent attraction and retention
  • Teaching and research integration
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Leadership
  • Internationalization
  • Connection with community
  • Sustainability

The Strategic Research Plan identifies three major priorities that will guide the university towards its top five goal:

  • Match our strengths with opportunities
  • Increase our research capacity
  • Create a dynamic research environment to promote research excellence

The University of Calgary attracts and nurtures the talent that drives new knowledge creation, improves lives and betters our world. In this rich learning environment, the university serves over 30,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and provides the community with diverse lifelong learning opportunities. International study, volunteer, work, and research programs provide global context while promoting diversity and excellence in learning, teaching and research.

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  •  1966 University of Calgary founded
  •  30,201 students
  •  24,387 undergraduate students
  •  5,804 graduate students
  •  500 postdoctoral fellows
  •  163,627 alumni in 152 countries
  •  14 faculties
  •  200+ academic programs
  •  50 research institutes and centres
  •  $325 million in research income
  •  161 Research Chairs
  •  74 Canada Research Chairs
  •  60 Royal Society Fellows
  •  450+ student-athletes competing
  •  1,823 faculty
  •  3,203 staff
  •  $7.92 billion economic impact in Alberta

The University of Calgary stands out among Canadian universities in how it actively engages students in leadership development in all areas – the arts, athletics, science, medicine, engineering, volunteerism and business. It is also a leader in sustainability with its set of values embraced by the campus through teaching, leadership and campus operations.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Faculty of Arts is home to the spectrum of Arts programs and departments, from Anthropology to Women’s Studies to Economics.
  • Faculty of Continuing Education
  • Cumming School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Environmental Design
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Haskayne School of Business offers MBA, BCom, PhD and ExecEd degrees.
  • Faculty of Kinesiology focuses on the studies of human movement through sport science, kinesiology, physical education, physical activity and health, and tourism studies.
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Schulich School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science is made up of six departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geoscience, Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, Computer Science, and Physics & Astronomy.) More than 60 Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs in 35 subject areas are offered by the University. Students in the Nanoscience program are allowed to use the university’s nanolab in their research and studies.
  • Faculty of Social Work offers the only social work degrees available in Alberta.
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the University’s newest Faculty and Canada’s fifth veterinary medicine program.
  • Werklund School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary, Secondary Education, or combined.


The University of Calgary was established in 1966, but its roots date back more than half a century earlier to the establishment of the Normal School in Calgary in 1905. The Alberta Normal School was established in Calgary to train primary and secondary school teachers in the new province. The University of Alberta began operating a campus in Calgary in 1945. The University of Alberta Calgary Branch eventually gained full autonomy in 1966 and became the University of Calgary. The University of Calgary tartan is associated with the university and with its pipe band.

The university was modelled on the American state university (similar to the University of Alberta), with an emphasis on extension work and applied research. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto 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 university’s first president, Herbert Stoker Armstrong, held a strong belief that “although the university is accountable to the society that supports it, the university must insist on playing a leadership role in intellectual matters if it is to be worthy of the name.”

During the late 1960s, the University of Calgary’s campus expanded dramatically with new buildings for engineering and science the labs, a research, training, and service unit, and the opening of the new University Theatre in Calgary Hall. In addition, Banff Centre (originally known as The Banff School of Fine Arts) became affiliated with the University of Calgary. In 1971 The University of Calgary launched its program in architecture.

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