Why Choose Engineering?

Have you ever thought that there must be a better way to do something? Or wondered how new technology could make your life better? Engineers have. Questions like these drive them to explore new ideas that will make the world a better place.

Engineers bring ideas to life by applying creativity and critical thinking to solve problems. Whether they’re creating electric cars, designing new video games, exploring other planets or helping speed recovery for people in the hospital, engineers are using their imagination, technical skill and teamwork to improve the world around them.

As a U of A Engineering student, you will join a community of proud alumni with a rich history. For over 100 years the University of Alberta has been providing an education to Engineering students, making us one of the oldest Engineering Schools in Western Canada.

In our program you have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in their fields, conduct research both inside and outside the classroom and to work with your fellow students on projects, in clubs, and in the community.

The Faculty of Engineering is consistently recognized as one of the best in Canada and the world. Our mining engineering program ranks No. 18 in the world, and the chemical engineering program is among the top 100, according to the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings.

The University of Alberta ranks among the top five universities in Canada and top 100 globally in the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings.

The university has enduring global connections through collaboration and student exchanges around the world, and on campus has a diverse and multicultural environment—it ranked 31 in the Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017. International students make up nearly 17 per cent of undergraduate and almost 39 per cent of graduate students, the latter being among the highest percentages of any university in Canada.

More than 60 per cent of new faculty members at the U of A are from abroad, bringing the total percentage of international professors to more than 40 per cent.