About Us

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences.

...knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal.

-Henry Marshall Tory, Founding President

Our Campuses

The University of Alberta has 18 faculties on five campuses—four in Edmonton, one in Camrose. North Campus has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks nestled on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. Campus Saint-Jean is a French-language campus, a one-of-a kind gem in the heart of Edmonton’s francophone community. Augustana is a historic campus in a vibrant rural community with an intimate residential learning environment. South Campus contains extensive land for agricultural research and is home to several recreational facilities. Enterprise Square forms a hub in Edmonton’s downtown for learners at all stages of life and for entrepreneurs creating businesses out of new research.

Motto

Quaecumque vera means “whatsoever things are true.” The phrase comes from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 8, in the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible. In the passage, the writer exhorts the readers to focus their thoughts on truth and other virtues.

Mission

Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement and partnerships. The U of A gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

Vision

To inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.

Quick Facts

Rankings

The U of A is one of the world's top research universities—fourth in Canada and eighty-first in the world for research impact. From making discoveries that answer fundamental questions to building new businesses and industries, to improving human health and fostering social change, our researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge for the benefit of all. Learn more about where we rank.

Paleontology
#3

In the world

(CWUR)

Forestry
#5

In the world

(CWUR)

Geology
#5

In the world

(CWUR)

Transplantation
#6

In the world

(CWUR)

Sports-related
#9

In the world

(QS)

Student Opportunities

The University of Alberta offers hundreds of options for students to expand their education and experience beyond their courses.

Student Groups

More than 425 student groups provide students with opportunities to pursue academic, cultural, recreational and political interests. Students also participate in university governance as part of the Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association.

Study Abroad

The U of A gives students opportunities to study at dozens of partner institutions around the world. Exchanges are also available with fellow members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a consortium of 23 top research universities.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Initiative provides funding to undergraduate students to pursue research and creative activities. Since it opened in 2011, the initiative has supporred 410 projects with $5,000 stipends.

Community Service Learning

In the Community Service-Learning Program, students gain hands-on experiences and draw real-life connections to social issues while giving back to their community. Since launching 12 years ago, the program has seen a 900 per cent increase in enrolment and a fourfold increase in community partners.

Employability

Benefiting from multiple internship and work experience programs as well as job shadowing and career mentoring opportunities, U of A graduates rank #1 in Canada and 31st in the world for employment rate.

Research & Innovation

The pursuit of truth drives the work done at the University of Alberta. By asking why, what and how, our researchers push the boundaries of knowledge. They make discoveries that improve our lives, and the world. They help shape our future. Using some of world’s most advanced research facilities, equipment and resources, our researchers have discovered new knowledge in health and life sciences, energy, artificial intelligence and much more. Learn more about our research.

Top 5

Research university in Canada

91

Canada Research Chairs

$500+M

Annual research funding 2019

130+

Active Spinoffs

 

Distinctively U of A

The University of Alberta is located in one of the northernmost major cities in the world. Edmonton is a city with one million residents and one of Canada's strongest local economies. Like the university, Edmonton is a place where people come together to build, create and change things for the better. It is a place where good ideas have a strong chance to become reality.

The Faculty of Native Studies, the only faculty of its kind in Canada, provides undergraduate programs specializing in the study of Aboriginal experiences and issues of language, culture, land and resources.

The U of A Libraries is Canada’s second-largest research library containing more than 4.7 million titles, 8.7 million volumes, 1.3 million e-books and 1,700 databases.

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College offers students an inclusive, interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership development program. Students gain real-world advice from established professionals in their specific industries or subject areas.

Sustainability

The University of Alberta has been one of Canada's greenest employers for the past nine years. The university is committed to sustainability in every aspect. Its working groups develop solutions and pilot ideas to advance sustainability on campus. The university’s Sustainability Plan outlines the strategic goals, initiatives and practices that encourage sustainability.

Alumni

Our founders challenged students to think beyond themselves, to act and to uplift the whole people. Today, more than 290,000 alumni in 140 countries carry on this spirit as community and business leaders. They solve problems and take action to change lives. Collectively our alumni have founded more than 70,000 organizations globally, one-third of which are non-profit or have a cultural, environmental or social mission. “Do Great Things” continues to be both the challenge and the promise of all U of A alumni.

Governance & Administration

The University of Alberta has a bi-cameral governance structure, as set out in the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act. The Board of Governors has authority for board governance and the General Faculties Council (GFC) has authority for academic governance. The Board of Governors consists of a chairman appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the chancellor, the president and 18 other persons appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, representing alumni, students, staff and the general public.

The chancellor is the ceremonial, or titular, head of the University of Alberta and is elected by the university's senate to serve a four-year term. The senate of the University of Alberta is an independent body of diverse community leaders and university representatives that fosters and celebrates the achievements of the university.

President

David H. Turpin, CM, PhD, LLD, FRSC, is the 13th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta. Dr. Turpin has established a new vision for the University of Alberta in For the Public Good, an ambitious plan that will ensure the university’s continued leadership amongst the world’s finest public institutions.

Chancellor

Douglas R. Stollery graduated with an LLB from the Faculty of Law of the University of Alberta in 1976 and with an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1980. He practised law with the firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP for almost 30 years before joining PCL Constructors Inc. He retired in 2013 and now serves as a community volunteer and as counsel to Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP.

Board Chair

Michael Phair was appointed chair of the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors in 2016. He is a former Edmonton city councillor who is widely acknowledged for his leadership on the issue of AIDS in the ’80s and ’90s. Phair is currently an adjunct professor with the U of A’s Faculty of Education and a member of the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies & Services advisory committee.