Athabasca University: Narrative Description

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1 University Dr.
Athabasca, AB, Canada T9S 3A3
Tel: (780)675-6100; 800-788-9041; Admissions: (780)675-6302; Fax: (780)675-6437; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (offers only external degree programs). Founded 1970. Setting: 480-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5621 per student. Total enrollment: 28,977. Faculty: 496 (247 full-time, 249 part-time). Part-time: 26,235 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 70 other countries, 50% from out-of province, 65% 25 or older. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: continuous. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Alberta North, Sunrise Project AVC, Keyano College, Yellowhead Tribal Council, Century College, Aurora College, Grand Prairie Regional College, Grant MacEwan Community College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge Community College, Medicine Art College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $60 Canadian dollars. Tuition and fee charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Area resident tuition: $541 per course part-time. Province resident tuition: $5410 full-time, $596 per course part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $5960 full-time, $791 per course part-time. International student tuition: $7910 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Student-run newspaper. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Athabasca University Library plus 1 other with 130,000 books, 1,479 microform titles, 7,000 serials, 3,345 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. 28 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The central campus is located in a small rural town (population 2,800) in the northern section of the province. Learning Centers are located in larger urban centres.

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