The University of Calgary is a public institution with a stunning capacity for growth and achievement.

When it comes to providing students with opportunities, this school exceeds expectations.  Not only does the university encourage and support multidisciplinary programs, they also use industry ties to help students gain real world experience in their fields.

The institution operated as a Calgary location for the University of Alberta until 1966, when the University of Calgary was founded. Since then the university has grown continuously, coming to dominate the educational landscape of the city. The U of C is now one of Canada’s top research universities, despite stiff competition from institutions twice as old.

Perhaps even more impressive than the rapid growth and dazzling breadth of the university’s success is their list of notable alumni. The current Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, earned both his B.A. and his Master’s degree in economics from the University of Calgary.

Others include the mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi; James Gosling, who invented the JAVA programming language; and Mozilla Corporation CEO Gary Kovacs. 1 These are just a few examples, but they demonstrate what the University of Calgary does best: Provide a huge range of academic programs and do it very well.

University of Calgary – Quick Facts


  • 6th among research universities in Canada by Research Infosource
  • 3rd in Canada and 43rd in North America for the Masters in Business Administration degree program by The Economist
  • 16th in the world among universities founded since 1962 by QS World University Rankings
  • 23rd in the world among universities under the age of 50 by Times Higher Education
  • 171st worldwide for overall quality by QS World University Rankings


The main campus occupies 530 acres of land near the Bow River, which is larger than the city’s entire downtown neighbourhood.
The U of C also operates a Health Sciences campus just south of their main campus for leading medical education and research.  Still another downtown campus is located at the heart of the city, run out of a single large building that houses classes for continuing education, the school of business, and the school of public policy. Outside of Canada, the University of Calgary operates a campus in Qatar that offers undergraduate degrees in nursing.


The University of Calgary has 15 faculties split into 55 departments and offering over 155 degree programs. Degree programs range from diplomas and undergraduate degrees to masters and doctoral degrees. Total student enrollment is over 30,000 and the university employs more than 2,500 academic staff. When you add a support staff of over 2,700 people, the university is one of the largest employers in Calgary. The campus is also home to 36 research facilities that are on the leading edge of discovery in Canada and regularly featured in the media for their discoveries.

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Ideal Calgary Neighbourhoods for Students

With a population of 1,195,194 as of the 2014 municipal census, Calgary has over 198 distinct neighbourhoods, referred to as communities, within the city limits. With University of Calgary located in the North West, the following neighbourhood is of particular interest to students:

University Heights

Situated just below the University of Calgary and north of the Trans-Canada Highway, University Heights is a popular neighbourhood for students as well as for buyers wanting investment properties to use as rentals. 40.4% of residents are between the ages of 20 and 34, 30.6% of which are Immigrants.

University Heights is a residential neighbourhood of about 450 households and is adjacent to the south end of the University of Calgary campus. It is a relatively small neighbourhood and is bounded to the north by 24 Avenue N, to the east by University Drive, to the south by 16 Avenue N (Trans-Canada Highway) and to the west by Shaganappi Trail. In the City of Calgary’s 2012 municipal census, University Heights had a population of 2,928 living in 1,380 dwellings and as of 2000, As of 2000, 28% of the residents were immigrants.

Residents of University Heights enjoy close proximity to McMahon Stadium, Burns Stadium, Foothills Athletic Park and Foothills Hospital and, of course, the University of Calgary. Downtown can also be easily accessed from this area via Crowchild Trail. The community is also adjacent to the U of C endowment lands, which consist of 184 acres of open space.

With a new Rocky Ridge Recreation facility scheduled to open in 2017 in Calgary SW, there will be even more to enjoy for teams, individuals and families of all ages and abilities in this unique outdoor and indoor recreation facility within a park.

The list of indoor proposed amenities includes leisure and sport ice rinks and pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, an open-concept self-service library, a theatre, art studio and exhibition space.