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.

World-class facilities

Start Exploring!

As a UAlberta student, you'll have access to world-class teaching and learning facilities – plus, plenty of space to play around our campuses! 

New Spaces

We’ve built some new things for you:
  • ICE - The Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering 
  • SUB - Students' Union Building 
  • CPAC - Camrose Performing Arts Centre (Augustana Campus) 
Learn more »

Campus Options

The choice is yours — we have three campuses, each with its own atmosphere and focus. Take an online tour to see for yourself!
  • North Campus (Edmonton): A campus of contrasts. Occupying over 50 city blocks, it's a city within a city — yet located on the cusp of lush river valley. A classic academic setting steeped in over 100 years of history — yet also home to some of the most advanced facilities in the world. 
  • Campus Saint-Jean (Edmonton): An immersive cultural experience of learning in French. Numerous courses and programs in the heart of Edmonton's francophone neighborhood. A free 10-minute shuttle ride from North Campus. 
  • Augustana Campus (Camrose): An hour south of Edmonton, the same high-quality education can be attained at our distinct liberal arts and sciences campus which provides a close-knit learning community where students and professors know each other by name.

Top professors

Learn from the best

Our teachers rank number one in Canada with 41 professors receiving national 3M Teaching Fellowships — Canada’s highest award for excellence in undergraduate university teaching. Our professors are world-leading researchers in fields as diverse as virology, nanoengineering, forestry, and the Arctic. 

See more of the UAlberta innovation that is helping to improve our world and shape the future.

Research and career opportunities

Where the classroom collides with the real world

Research is the pillar of any great university and we are serious about it. That is why we foster a culture of curiosity, creativity, and exploration.

Answer the big questions

Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) allows you to actively participate in groundbreaking research as early as your first year. Get hands-on experience with field work, or lead the way with self-directed summer projects. Learn more »

Co-op programs

Co-op, practicums, and work experience programs will connect you with employers in virtually every field. You can test drive your potential career — from chemical engineering to fashion design. Take a closer look at these popular co-op programs: 

Customized experience

No two students will have the same journey — so create your own experience by exploring some of the opportunities below.

Globe trotter

Study abroad is for everyone! You’ll explore a new part of the world, taste exotic food, try your tongue at a new language, and bring back amazing stories — all while earning credit toward your degree. Check out our Cortona, Italy, experience or choose another exciting destination. Learn more »

Eager entrepreneur

Full of great business ideas? Start pursuing them now! Startup incubators like Entrepreneurship at UAlberta (eHUB) provide student entrepreneurs workspace and guidance to work on your business plans. Learn more »

Science seekers

Discover which area your science passion may lie with the InScite Program — a collaborative first-year experience that allows you to explore multiple science disciplines. Learn more »

Legendary leader

Create positive change in the world and compete for a chance to be in the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. Third-year students receive a $5,000 award and mentorship from the most progressive thinkers on leadership in Canada. Learn more »

Hopeful humanitarian

Find fulfilment by contributing to community projects while earning course credit. Community Service-Learning (CSL) is comprised of self-directed Arts-based programs like criminology or political science. Learn more »

Aspiring academic

Choose an honors program if you plan to pursue higher degrees, research, or an academic career. You will focus on one specialized field of study, and maintain a higher standard of academic achievement throughout your degree. Use the program tool »

Credential curator

Add a specialized certificate to your degree — adding extra credentials on your future resumé but no extra time to your degree. Many certificates are a joint effort by faculties explore your options further below:

Engaging student life

You only get to do your freshman year once — so let’s make the most of it!

Attend orientation

This is how you’ll start off your university experience — with thousands of your classmates at an adventure-filled day on campus — capped off with a candlelit concert in the park! Then the excitement continues during your first week on campus with Week of Welcome(WOW): eight days and nights of orientation events, breakfasts, outdoor concerts, BBQs, and food trucks. Learn more »

Join a student group or club

With over 450 active student groups on campus, there’s sure to be one for you – or better yet, why not start your own? Learn more »

Live on campus

River valley views, built in study buddies, dodgeball leagues, a sneaky midday nap — are just some of the perks to living on campus. Take a closer look at residence options »

Start cheering

You’ll have free admission to all regular season varsity games so you can cheer on the Golden Bears (Men’s), Pandas (Women’s), and Vikings (Augustana) teams on their way to winning National Championships. Check out our game schedules to see one now »

Stay active

Students get full access to all of our recreation facilities — including swimming pools, fitness centres, indoor track and pavilion, gymnasiums, racquetball and squash courts, ice arena, dance studios, and an indoor climbing wall! See more »

Explore the neighbourhood

North Campus is located on the cusp of North America’s largest green belt — that’s 22 times the size of Central Park — so walk, jog, or cycle to school! 

Steps away from North Campus you’ll find the famous Whyte Avenue — abundant with cafes, boutiques, year-round indoor farmers' market, and lively nightlife. Or as a U-pass holder students can use public transit to easily explore the whole city.
Learn more about the Edmonton and area adventures that await you »