About the university

 About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High.

As a comprehensive academic and research institution, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. Through the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, which opened April 18, 2016, the university will take the lead in educational innovation by researching the most effective methods for engaging students, by supporting faculty to be the best teachers they can be and by providing some of the most innovative learning spaces available anywhere in North America.

The academic priorities that provide a foundation for the university to reach its strategic direction are (2012 Academic Plan):

  • Talent attraction and retention
  • Teaching and research integration
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Leadership
  • Internationalization
  • Connection with community
  • Sustainability

The research themes that guide the university towards its top five goals are (2012 Strategic Research Plan):

  • Brain and mental health
  • Human dynamics in a changing world
  • New earth-space technologies
  • Engineering solutions for health
  • Infections, inflammation and chronic diseases in the changing environment
  • Energy innovations for today and tomorrow

The University of Calgary attracts and nurtures the talent that drives new knowledge creation, improves lives and betters our world. In this rich learning environment, the university serves over 31,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and provides the community with diverse lifelong learning opportunities. International study, volunteer, work, and research programs provide global context while promoting diversity and excellence in learning, teaching and research.

The University of Calgary stands out among Canadian universities in how it actively engages students in leadership development in all areas – the arts, athletics, science, medicine, engineering, volunteerism and business. It is also a leader in sustainability with its set of values embraced by the campus through teaching, leadership and campus operations.

By the numbers

1966 University of Calgary founded

31,495 students

25,624 undergraduate students

5,871 graduate students

448 postdoctoral fellows

157,500 alumni in 152 countries

14 faculties

200+ academic programs

85+ research institutes and centres

$325 million in research income

77 Canada Research Chairs

53 Royal Society Fellows

450+ student-athletes competing

1,800 faculty members

3,000 staff

$7.9 billion economic impact in Calgary


For more information, visit www.ucalgary.ca.