Parents & Families

U of Alberta grad Alex Shuttleworth taking pictures with her parents by Jubilee Auditorium

Their Journey Starts Here

Alex grew up on a family farm near Calgary before moving to Edmonton to attend the U of A. Living in residence and getting involved in student clubs helped her find her place and feel at home.

Thank You For All That You Do

As a parent or family member, you play an important role in helping your student make the right choices and get the most out of their university experience. This page contains tips and information on how you can support your student as they begin their university journey.

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Admissions Information

Key dates and deadlines
See all key dates at a glance for 2019-20

Program listings
We offer a wide range of programs suited to a variety of career goals and aspirations.

Move-in day

How You Can Help Your Student

University can be a big leap for students, as they are trying to balance the expectations from parents, professors, and even themselves. Start the discussion about grade expectations, extracurricular involvement, and work hours, now.

We're here to help
We can put you in touch with faculty and program advisors, and we also offer admissions advising at many of our events throughout the year. Connect with an advisor»

Talk to your student
Encourage your student to explore their options and keep an open mind as they discover their aptitudes and interests. It's also quite normal for students to change majors and programs during their first few undergraduate years as their interests change and their ambitions grow.

Let your student discover
Programs with a general first year of study give your student time to discover their aptitudes and interests. It's also quite common (?) for students to change majors and programs during their degree. Encourage them to explore their options and keep an open mind.

Start with a schedule
A 40- to 60-hour "work week" is typical, as students can expect at least one to two hours of reading and assignments for every hour spent in lectures or labs.

Encourage your student to build study time and breaks into their schedule, maintain a manageable workload, stay on top of their assignments, and access the many services and supports that are available to them.

Students high-five

Student Services and Support

Students can access tutoring and academic advising, health care and mental wellness services, and business and mentorship networks.

Family orientation for parents
Attend an early orientation session with your student to learn about how university can affect your student, how you can support your student, and what services are available on campus. Family Orientation programs are available to parents, guardians, and any newly admitted student.

Week of welcome and student club fair

Campus Life

Home away from home
Living in residence is a great way for students to get a head start and build a support network. Lister Centre, on North Campus, is designed especially for first-year students and offers many services to help them successfully transition to university life.

We're joiners
Urge your student to get involved outside of the classroom. It's one of the best ways for students to become more engaged and connected with their peers, and to continue to build a support system.

Students can choose from more than 400 groups and clubs on campus!

Students also have free admission to all regular season varsity games! They can cheer on our Golden Bears (Men's), Pandas (Women's), and Vikings (Augustana) teams on their way to winning National Championships. But you and your student could check out our game schedules to see one now.

We stay active
Your student has access to all of our recreation facilities-including swimming pools, fitness centres, indoor track and pavilion, gymnasiums, racquetball and squash courts, ice arena, dance studios, and an indoor climbing wall in the Van Vliet Complex!

We're perfectly positioned
Your student will thrive in Edmonton­-one of Canada's youngest cities! Our students easily access campus and the city with an unlimited transit pass to Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County and even the airport.

Four students walking on the bridge crossing North Saskatchewan river

Campus Safety

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) patrol our campuses 24 hours a day, and first responders such as fire, police, and ambulance service our community as well.

Emergency situations at the University of Alberta are rare, and all university staff work hard to foster a safe and supportive learning environment year round.

Residence safety
Residence Services also employs a wide variety of security measures in conjunction with UAPS, including ID checkpoints, door buzzers and proximity access cards, security cameras, single-button emergency contact through any campus payphone, and 24-hour on-call Residence Services staff.

Safewalk provides students with a free and safe alternative to walking alone at night. Male and female chaperones will escort students anywhere around the university community and within five blocks of any LRT station.

Emergency notifications
Our Emergency Notification System is a robust and comprehensive service that can quickly alert students and staff of emergency situations no matter where they are, via several media, including email, text, and phone.

Communications Policy

Official correspondence regarding admissions and awards will occur online through our student portals, with key notifications sent via email. Few, if any, correspondence will be sent via regular mail. The university holds students responsible for ensuring messages sent to their student email accounts are reviewed and acted on promptly.

Privacy Policy

Official correspondence between the university and students is privileged. The university is unable, by law, to disclose students' personal or academic information to anyone else, including their parents and family members, without the students' prior written consent.

Learn more about the University of Alberta Information and Privacy Office guidelines pursuant to Alberta's FOIP Act.