University of Calgary

University of Calgary

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A member of the U15, the University of Calgary is also one of Canada's top research universities (based on the number of  Canada Research Chairs). The university has a sponsored research revenue of $380.4 million, with total revenues exceeding $1.2 billion, which is one of the highest in Canada. Being in Calgary, with Canada's highest concentration of engineers and geoscientists, the university maintains close ties to the petroleum and geoscience industry through the Department of Geosciences and the Schulich School of Engineering. The university also maintains several other departments and faculties, including the Cumming School of Medicine, the Faculty of Arts, the School of Public Policy, the Faculty of Law, and the Haskayne School of Business. 

Entry requirements

To enrol in a University of Calgary Continuing Education course, you must be 18 years of age or older, unless otherwise specified as in the case of undergraduate academic preparation programs and programs that have been designed for youth. A minimum of a senior high school diploma and relevant work experience is recommended for most certificate and diploma programs, however, it is encouraged to discuss the situation with a program information specialist.

Prior to University of Calgary Continuing Education course registration or certificate admission, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of formal, full-time study (not less than three courses per semester) at an English secondary or post-secondary institution that is accredited by the Council of International Schools; or
  2. A mark of 65% or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination (not the blended grade) OR a mark of 65% or equivalent letter grade or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended mark), a mark of 65% or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-2, or equivalent high school level course from other Canadian provinces.

Scholarship & funding

The University of Calgary offers many scholarships, awards, and bursaries to students.

A notable high school level scholarship is the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship which was introduced by the Government of Alberta in 1980. The Alexander Rutherford scholarship is to recognize and reward exceptional academic achievement at the senior high school level and to encourage students to continue their studies. To be considered for these scholarships, students must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who plan to enroll or are enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program of at least one semester in length.

The University joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members. Dependents of Canadian Forces personnel killed while serving in active military missions will have the support of the University of Calgary to complete undergraduate degrees.

The office of the Chancellor and Senate offers many scholarships, awards, and bursaries to University of Calgary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to the internal and external community.

In 2011, the University of Calgary joined the Schulich Leader Scholarship program. Through this initiative, each year the university awards one $80,000.00 scholarship to a student entering the Schulich School of Engineering and one $60,000.00 scholarship to a student entering a Science, Technology or Mathematics program at the University of Calgary.

Top students in the Schulich School of Engineering are recognized as Schulich Scholars and are awarded prestigious Schulich Entrance Scholarships.The first cohort of Schulich Scholars graduated in 2010–2011.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program are eligible for the O'Brien Centre Continuing Scholarship, which supports full-time students dedicated to extra-curricular involvement and the community on top of their academics.

Graduate students are also eligible for the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships. Awards are available in thirds, two-thirds, or full increments, and are valued at $10,800 at the Master's level and $15,000 at the PhD level. These are provincially funded awards and are available to graduate students at some other Albertan post-secondary institutions.

The University also offers student awards for academic and leadership excellence. The two biggest awards a student can receive are the President's Award for Excellence in Student Leadership and the Arch Future Alumni Award.


Student life

Welcome to the UCalgaryStrong Festival -- this was the 2016 edition of our annual celebration of the last day of classes. Relive the afternoon in this video. Music was graciously provided to us by Calgary band Beach Season.