Why UAlberta?

Find out why – from state-of-the-art facilities, to award-winning professors, to opportunities for undergraduates you won't find anywhere else.

Facilities & Resources

Start Exploring! As a UAlberta student, you'll have access to world-class teaching and learning facilities – plus, plenty of space to play! Learn more about facilities and resources that are distinctively U of A.

Brand New Spaces

At the U of A, we love building new things almost as much as we love acronyms. Here are a few that you should know:

  • Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS): Opened in 2011, this signature LEED-certified building is home to the Faculty of Science.
  • Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA): A state-of-the-art teaching and research facility for the health sciences, opened in 2012.
  • Physical Activity and Wellness Centre (PAW): Our brand new student fitness facility and indoor climbing centre, opened in 2015. If you only go rock climbing on one giant indoor spiral wall this year, make it this one.

Campus Options

The U of A is a multi-campus university, each with its own atmosphere and focus. 

  • North Campus (Edmonton): Our primary teaching and research campus, occupying over 50 city blocks – with plenty of green space in between! With over 39,000 students and 10,000 staff, North Campus is truly a city-within-a-city, and a vibrant hub of activity all year round.
  • Campus Saint-Jean (Edmonton): Notre campus francophone! CSJ offers courses in French across a variety of disciplines, and is a great choice for students wishing to complete French or bilingual programs, or looking for that extra academic challenge.
  • Augustana Campus (Camrose): Our smaller arts-and-science-focused campus, located in Camrose, Alberta, one hour south of Edmonton, and home to our brand new Performing Arts Centre. At Augustana, you can have the best of both worlds: earn a degree from the University of Alberta, while studying in a close-knit campus community.

Research & Teaching

Start Discovering! Learn from the best in a research-based environment, where award-winning professors and researchers work alongside undergraduates.

Award-winning Professors

The University of Alberta is home to 41 3M Teaching Award winners – the most of any university in Canada! Many of our professors are the authors of textbooks being used in classrooms across the country. Why not learn directly from the best? Learn More »

Cutting-edge Research

At the University of Alberta, our professors are also active researchers, contributing to discoveries and staying on the cutting edge in their field. Our professors are award-winning teachers, too! Learn more » 

A History of Excellence

Over the past 100 years, University of Alberta researchers have played a key role in many scientific milestones, from the discovery of insulin for treating diabetes to the creation of the hepatitis C vaccine; from the Large Hadron Collider to nanotechnology and quantum computing; and from oilsands extraction to carbon sequestration and climate change research.

Today, we are world leaders in fields as diverse as medicine and virology, nanoengineering and biotechnology, food and agriculture, computer gaming, and the Arctic.

Our Undergrads Do Research

Some professors conduct research on undergrads. Here at the University of Alberta, students are encouraged to actively participate in research, from assisting with lab and field work, to self-directed summer projects. Learn More »

Work Experience & Employment

The UAlberta Advantage

Did you know? Over 80 per cent of new jobs in Canada were created in Alberta in 2014. University graduates from across the country are moving to Alberta. Why not get a head start by getting your degree here, too? As a Top 5 university with strong connections to industry, the University of Alberta is a great place to study – and kickstart your career.

Co-op Programs

All of our faculties offer some kind of co-op, practicum, or work experience program, connecting students with employers in virtually every field, from chemical engineering to fashion design.

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Start Your Own Business

Do you dream of owning your own business, but worry about what your fallback plan will be? Thanks to startup incubators like Entrepreneurship at UAlberta (eHUB), you don’t have to choose between pursuing your passion and getting your degree. At the eHUB workspace, student entrepreneurs from a wide variety of disciplines work on their business plans while also completing their course work. Learn More »

City & Community

Start here in Edmonton. Be a part of something big as part of our community.

We are UAlberta

The University of Alberta, in Edmonton, is home to thousands of students, professors, and researchers from across Canada and around the world – a diverse and welcoming community where great minds have been meeting for over 100 years. Although we are an institution of higher learning, we also know how to have fun. From fall and winter festivals, to food trucks and farmers’ markets, to weird world record attempts, there’s something here for everyone.

Life in Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, with a metro population of over one million. Whether you’re from a small town or a big city, whether you’re considering making a move here, or you’ve lived here all your life, Edmonton is a great place to study, work, and play. Learn more »

Our Neighbourhoods

The University of Alberta is centrally located in Edmonton. The surrounding neighbourhoods of Whyte Ave and Garneau, with their abundant restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, and nightlife, are easily within walking distance, and are well served by public transit.

North Campus is connected via Light Rail Transit (LRT) to the downtown core, the provincial Legislature grounds, and the soon-to-be-built arena district. Other Edmonton landmarks, such as West Edmonton Mall, are just a short bus ride away.

The LRT also connects us to South Campus, home to many of our sports teams and athletics facilities – all just a five-minute train ride away. Did you know? Admission for students to all our Bears and Pandas regular season home games is free!

Customizable Experience

Your university experience is what you make of it. Get the most out of your undergraduate degree by tailoring it to your interests.

Honors Programs

Honors students specialize in one field of study, and must maintain a higher standard of academic achievement throughout the course of their degree. Learn more »

Community Service-Learning (CSL)

Looking for a way to include real-world experience as part of your university education? The CSL program offers students the opportunity to provide community service – and learn from that experience – as part of their degree. CSL programs are self-directed and can be combined with several Arts-based programs, including creative writing, criminology, language studies, political science, and more. Learn more »

Certificate Programs

In addition to degree programs, the U of A offers several specialized and unique certificate programs, many of which can be taken as credit towards a degree. Learn more »

Student Groups and Clubs

With over 400 active student groups on campus, there’s sure to be one for you – or better yet, why not start your own? Learn more »

Start Here & Go Anywhere

Get a global perspective in the classroom, then expand your horizons by studying abroad.

Although you can’t study abroad until after your first year, you can have an international experience here on campus. The U of A is home to a diverse community of 6,500 international students from 150 countries, while over 40 per cent of our professors come from outside Canada.

Study Abroad

Think of the U of A as your springboard, and the rest of the world as your swimming pool. From Study & Work Abroad programs to Spring & Summer courses, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside of the classroom and see more, learn more, do more! Studying abroad is a good choice for you if: You’re looking to supplement your university experience with travel and cultural immersion. Learn more »