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University of Calgary

Alberta, Canada

Est. 1966

Ranked among top 10 universities in CA

About University of Calgary

The University of Calgary (popularly known as 'U Calgary' or 'U of C') is a public research university located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, established in 1966 with origins in the early 1900s. The official University colour is red and gold and its motto in Gaelic can be translated as ‘I will lift up my eyes'. U of C has 14 faculties, 250 academic programs and 50 research centres and institutes. The main faculties include Schulich School of Engineering, the Haskayne School of Business, the Cumming School of Medicine, the Law School (Juris Doctor) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. It is considered to be one of the top 200 institutes worldwide and known as the birthplace of ‘neurochips’.

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C$13,000 (~US$9,700) /year
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C$5,700 (~US$4,300) /year
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The main campus in the North of Downtown Calgary, near Bow-River. It is just a one-hour drive from the Rocky Mountains. There is a smaller campus located in the South of the city. The closest major city to Calgary is Edmonton (277 km). There is a light bus transit is provided to the university. Some of the places to see in Calgary are Dinosaur Provincial Park, Calgary Fort, Heritage Park, Military Museums, etc. With a small population of 1.4 million, it is one of the friendliest cities in Canada.


The campus spread over 530 acres, has a combination of Brutalist and Postmodern buildings. It has a large park in the centre of the campus that contains old oak trees. Apart from this, U of C houses the nationally popular Jack Simpson Gymnasium (volleyball, basketball), McMahon Stadium (football) and the Olympic Oval (speed skating). The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is one of the best in Canada to learn and observe astronomy. The Nickel Arts Museum is a must-see place.
Students complain that parking is not for free and has surge charges in the night. Usually, students who cannot afford a car, take the C-train to campus.

Residing Options

Over 2000 students live in 8 residencies at U of C but essentially, it is still a commuter campus. Structurally, Rundle Hall and Kananaskis Hall are the traditional residencies. Other newer ones are Glacier, Olympus, Norquay, Brewster, and Castle Halls. Yamnuska Hall is open to upper year, international and transfer students. A new building called the Dr Fok Ying Tung International House houses 200 international students. Crowsnest Hall is a new, on-campus housing for graduate students. Off-campus living may cost you around CAD 750 to 1200 a month, depending on what facilities are you looking at. Douglasdale is one of the affordable localities in Calgary for a student. One must avoid living in North East of Calgary for it being high on criminal activities.


In spite of having a to and fro bus system for the University, students suggest bringing a car. The reason is that it is cold for about 7 months a year (extreme at -40 degree Celsius) and it can be very difficult to wait for the bus in such a freezing atmosphere. Otherwise, Calgary is the sunniest city in Canada. Calgary Summers are beautiful.

Faculty and pedagogy

Having over 1,800 academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching with faculty to student ratio being 23:1, the class sizes are not too big. U of C prides in having over 110 new inventions in its name in just 2015-16. Some of the most preferred courses at the University of Calgary are energy, human dynamics, engineering solutions for health, earth space technologies, infection, chronic diseases and brain and mental health.
Top professors (and the most mentioned names) at University of Calgary could be Hua Jackie Song (Engineering), Seyed Jazayeri (Engineering), Joe Kadi (Women’s Studies) and Peter Tracey (Economics). However, in general, students don’t seem that happy with the professors. Students suggest that you research and find the right professors for yourself before you choose random courses.

Financial aid

The average tuition fees for graduate international students are CAD 12000 and CAD 6000 for domestic students. There are various financial aid programs such as ‘Alexander Rutherford Scholarship’ (for Canadians), Schulich Leader Scholarship (for excellence in Engineering and Science), Queen Elizabeth 2 (for Graduate students). The Faculty of Graduate Studies encourages indigenous students to pursue graduate education by offering awards specifically for indigenous students (including Indians).

Jobs and placements

The average placement package at Haskayne School of Business at U of C is in the range $40,000-$60,000. In spite of the recession and economic slowdown, some of the booming sectors in Calgary are agriculture, construction, manufacturing, business, building and other support services; public administration and educational services. The petroleum engineering course is evergreen because Calgary owns most of the petroleum companies in Canada. Statistics say that 2/3rd of U of C graduates live and work in Calgary itself.


  • Stephen Harper -Ex Prime Minister of Canada
  • Garett Camp: Co-Founder of StumbleUpon and Uber
  • John Chen: Industrial Mathematician
  • Naheed Nenshi: Mayor of Calgary


Not the best university in the country but definitely not the worst. However, it is definitely in the top 6 research universities in Canada and if you don't get into the top 5, then you may accept the University of Calgary with a little pinch of salt.

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