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University of Calgary: Narrative Description


2500 University Dr., NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
Tel: (403)220-5110; Fax: (403)289-1253; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: 213-hectare urban campus. Total enrollment: 28,419. Faculty: 2,356 (1,535 full-time, 821 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 6,650 applied, 66% were admitted. Students come from 12 provinces and territories, 73 other countries, 20% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters. 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. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: SAT I, SAT II: Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $65 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Area resident tuition: $4590 full-time. Mandatory fees: $549 full-time. College room and board: $3590. College room only: $2670. International student tuition: $9180 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Major annual events: Frosh Week, Bermuda Shorts Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,860 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. MacKimmie Library plus 4 others with 2.4 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 18,000 serials, 146,131 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Situated centrally in western Canada, Calgary is located at the convergence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, As Canada's energy capital and western Canada's business capital, Calgary is home to the second largest concentration of corporate head offices in the country. Within an hour's drive are the Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Valley and Banff National Park where hiking, skiing, canoeing, mountain climbing, and mountain biking can be enjoyed. Calgary is home to more than 820,000 people, which makes it Canada's fifth largest city. Cultural activities abound with a philharmonic orchestra, as well as theater and dance companies, museums, art galleries, libraries, and a planetarium.

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