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University of Alberta: Narrative Description


Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E1
Tel: (780)492-3111; Admissions: (780)492-3113; Fax: (780)492-7172; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1906. Setting: 154-acre urban campus. Endowment: $540 million. Research spending 2002-03: $224 million. Total enrollment: 37,569. Faculty: 1,506. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 14,700 applied, 40% were admitted. Full-time: 26,443 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 5,375 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 110 other countries, 14% from out-of province, 21% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; liberal arts/general studies; health professions and related sciences. Calendar: Canadian standard year. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I, SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous until 9/1. Preference given to province residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $60 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Province resident tuition: $453.72 per course part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $4537 full-time, $1,166.52 per course part-time. Mandatory fees: $494 full-time, $134.22 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $3915. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $11,665 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Major annual events: Week of Welcome, Anti-Freeze (January week of welcome). Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,996 college housing spaces available; 3,500 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Cameron Library plus 10 others with 9.7 million books, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $27.8 million. 721 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Edmonton is the provincial capital and largest city of Alberta, with a population of 850,000. It takes its name from Fort Edmonton, an early trading post of the Hudson Bay Company. The city, the center of an important farming region, is also an oil and gas exploration and manufacturing center. Major industries include pipeline construction, chemical plants, meat packing, construction, oilfield construction and servicing, and food processing. The city was the first to establish a municipal airport and has long been the Gateway to the North. It is easily accessible by air, rail, bus and car. It is also home to the Alberta Research Council and Edmonton Research Park.

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