Why attend the University of Alberta?
A world-class research institute, the University of Alberta has long subscribed to the promise of our founding president, Henry Marshall Tory: "… knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal." Since that promise, during our 100-plus, proud years of existence, we have strived to forge a lasting reputation for teaching, research and community service.
Faculties and programs
Our dedicated faculty boasts 32 professors who have received national 3M Teaching Fellowships, Canada's highest award for undergraduate university teaching excellence — more than any other Canadian university — along with Canada's largest academic staff association. We offer students a rich learning experience in a wide range of faculties and programs, such as:
• Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics
• Native Studies
• Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Rehabilitation Medicine
The University of Alberta has six campuses in Alberta, including Campus Saint-Jean, the only French-language university campus west of Winnipeg. Our original North Campus sits atop the North Saskatchewan River valley, and is in very close proximity to downtown Edmonton, the Arts District and West Edmonton Mall. Students can take in local restaurants, nightlife and theatres or enjoy North America's largest stretch of urban parkland.
Our commitment is not only to develop great academic minds, but also great citizens. Our community outreach initiatives allow our students to become involved in programs and activities both on- and off-campus. We are proud of programs such as DiscoverE, a Faculty of Engineering student mentoring program for youth, and the U of A Energy Club, a group that promotes energy awareness and solutions throughout the university and the province.
The University of Alberta has a proud athletic history to go along with our academic prowess. We are the only Canadian university that has won the national collegiate championship in all 11 team sports, and we rank third all-time with 57 national titles. We have celebrated more than 1,700 student athletes who have maintained an 80 per cent or better academic average — known as Academic All-Canadians — the most of any Canadian university.
University of Alberta — Faculty of Engineering
Since our inception in 1908, Engineering has been a prominent faculty within the University of Alberta. We offer our students the opportunity to receive an exceptional engineering education that will pave their way toward a rewarding career.
Our Faculty of Engineering ranks in the top five per cent in size of the 400-plus engineering schools in North America, with over 4,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. According to the 2009 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, university of Alberta's engineering and information technology faculties were ranked 46th in the world.
What we offer
Students of our Faculty of Engineering have access to:
• A vibrant research community that attracts more than $50 million in external research funding each year;
• Canada's second-largest Engineering Co-op Program, with more than 1,400 paid student placements annually;
• More than $1.5 million per year in scholarships for new and continuing studies;
• Nearly one million square feet of new teaching, research, and study space;
• A faculty that boasts:
• 16 Canada Research Chairs;
• 13 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs;
• 4 Foundation Supported Chairs and 11 Endowed Chairs and Professorships;
• 9 Faculty of Engineering professors who have earned the prestigious Petro Canada Young Innovator Awards.
The Faculty of Engineering offers 21 fully-accredited degree program specializations. Undergraduates have the opportunity to take part in leading-edge research with their professors, while students who wish to pursue Master's and Doctoral degrees can be part of a rich, interdisciplinary academic and research community.
University of Alberta — Women in Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering encourages gender diversity in our field. Originally implemented in 1982, University of Alberta's WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) organization works with representatives from industry, government, academia, and over 600 volunteers a year to develop programs and initiatives designed to encourage the attraction, retention and advancement of women in science, engineering and technology.
There are two networks affiliated with WISEST:
• UA-WiSE is a student group that supports all undergraduate students underrepresented in fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
• The WISER Network — connects early-career women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with each other and with the information, resources, support, and professional development opportunities they require to advance in their careers