Facts and figures

UCalgary by the numbers

The University of Calgary is a publicly funded research-intensive university founded in 1966, with 14 faculties offering more than 250 academic programs, and more than 50 research institutes and centres.  As one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, UCalgary combines the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. Our main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and covers more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. In 2016, UCalgary was ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Our university

  • Founded 1966, with origins in the early 1900s
  • Colours: red and gold
  • Motto: Mo shùile togam suas (Gaelic) – I will lift up my eyes
  • 5 campuses: 4 in the Calgary area and 1 in Doha, Qatar
  • 14 faculties
  • 1,800+ academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching
  • 3,200+ non-academic staff focused on operating the institution and delivering against our core mandate
  • $1.2 billion operating budget: contributes nearly $8 billion annually to Alberta’s economy
  • 30,000+ students: 24,000+ undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students
  • 168,000+ alumni; 2/3 live or work in the Calgary area

Rankings and accolades

  • Top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2016/17)
  • Top 200 most globally oriented universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2016)
  • Top 5 in Canada and 116th of 842 universities worldwide in research performance (European Centre for Science and Technology (CWTS) Leiden, 2016)
  • Top 10 most sustainable organizations in Canada (Corporate Knights, 2016)
  • Technology Challenger (Times Higher Education, 2017)
  • A Canadian leader in high-performance green buildings and sustainable site practices
  • Alberta’s first Fair Trade Campus
  • One of Canada’s safest employers (Thomson Reuters, 2015)
  • Alberta’s top employers (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Canada's best diversity employers (2017)
  • WorldatWork Alliance for WorkLife Progress Seal of Distinction (2015, 2016)

Home of the Dinos

  • 500 student-athletes compete on varsity teams each year
  • Top 5 in Canada for Academic All-Canadian student-athletes
  • Since 1976, Dinos student-athletes have brought home more than a dozen Olympic medals

Exceptional facilities

  • Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: the first building in Canada dedicated solely to improving post-secondary teaching and learning
  • Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building: one of the largest LEED Platinum laboratories in North America
  • Taylor Family Digital Library: the most technologically advanced library in North America
  • Olympic Oval: home to the fastest ice in the world
  • Child Development Centre: one of the most heavily instrumented buildings in North America

Our teaching and learning

  • 250+ programs
  • 95% undergraduate retention rate
  • 23:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 95% graduate employment rate, 85% employed in fields related to discipline
  • 7.8 million items in library collections
  • 15 Rhodes scholars to date

Our research and scholarship

  • #6 top research university in Canada — in terms of sponsored research funding
  • $360.5 million in sponsored research funding (2015-2016)
  • 148 research chairs
  • 110 new invention disclosures (2015-2016)

Six focal areas address global priorities in:

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

Our city

  • Calgary, Alberta, population 1.4 million
  • Best place to live in Canada (MoneySense Magazine, March 2013)
  • #5 most liveable city in the world (2016 Global Liveability Ranking, Economics Intelligence Unit)
  • Energy capital of Canada
  • Global finance hub
  • One of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities (Statistics Canada)
  • #1 world’s cleanest city (2016 Mercer Global Financial list of world’s cleanest cities)
  • Highest concentration of corporate head offices and small businesses per capita in Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
  • 40 international consulate offices
  • Home to Canada’s National Music Centre and the internationally renowned Calgary Stampede
  • Sunniest city in Canada — over 333 days a year