UCalgary campus

Facts and figures

UCalgary by the numbers

Our university

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, combining the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. UCalgary’s main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of the Rocky Mountains, covering more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown.

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Founded in 1966

with origins in the early 1900s

5 campuses

Main Campus, Downtown Campus, Foothills, Spyhill and Qatar

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14 faculties

with 250+ programs to choose from

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37,000+ students

29,000+ undergraduate students and 7,900+ grad students

UCalgary students

1,850 academic staff

actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching

2,900+ non-academic staff

focused on operating the institution and delivering against our core mandate

217,000+ alumni

2/3 live or work in the Calgary area


Rankings and accolades

National and global academic rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The University of Calgary ranked in the 201-300 range internationally and #8-11 nationally,  ranked by Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2023.

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Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

The University of Calgary ranked 8th in Canada and 195th by the Center for World University Rankings for 2022-2023.

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QS World Rankings

In June 2023, the QS World University Rankings 2024 were released. In this ranking, the University of Calgary placed 8th in Canada, and 182nd in the world. 

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Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking

The University of Calgary ranked in the 201-250th category internationally, and #9-10 nationally by the Times Higher Education 2024 rankings.

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Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking

In the 2023 ranking, the University of Calgary is in the top 3 per cent of post-secondary institutions for advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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U.S. News and World Report

The University of Calgary ranked in 175th place globally, (7th place in Canada) by U.S. News and World Report for 2023.

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Canada's Top 50 Research Universities

The University of Calgary was ranked as one of the top research universities nationally by Re$earch Info. Source Inc. in 2023, on their Top 50 Research Universities in Canada list.

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Alberta’s first Fair Trade Campus

Logo for Alberta's Top 80 Employers 2024

Alberta's top employers
(2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Logo for Canada's best diversity employers 2024

Canada's best diversity employers
(2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

WorldatWork Alliance for WorkLife Progress Seal of Distinction
(2015, 2016, 2017)

Home of the Dinos

Dinos football practice

550+ student athletes

compete on varsity teams each year

3,194 Academic All-Canadian student athletes

16 Olympic and Paralympic medals

Brought home by Dinos student-athletes since 1976


Exceptional facilities

  • Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: the first building in Canada dedicated solely to improving post-secondary teaching and learning
  • Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking: new initiative to immerse the campus in a bold and new approach to teaching, learning, discovery and knowledge sharing
  • International Microbiome Centre: a translational research centre, unique in Canada, to study the microbiome and its impact on human and animal health
  • W.A. Ranches: 19,000 acres of working cattle ranch that will anchor a world-class teaching, learning and research facility
  • 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
  • MacKimmie Tower: the redeveloped tower will be one of the most energy efficient buildings on a Canadian postsecondary campus, and along with the new MacKimmie link and block will strive to be net carbon neutral
  • Child Development Centre: one of the most heavily instrumented buildings in North America
  • Mathison Hall and Hunter Student Commons: Spaces for students to connect and spark innovation
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Our teaching and learning

Students at the orientation pep rally 2019
  • 250+ programs
  • 95% undergraduate retention rate
  • 96.3% graduate employment rate, 81.6% of employed grads working in fields related to discipline
  • 7.8 million items in library collections

Research and scholarship

#1 startup creator in Canada

for three years running

$545.3 million

in sponsored research funding (2022-23)

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


UCalgary also supports two emerging cross-cutting research areas:

  • Child health and wellness and One Health


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Nursing student at the Qatar Campus

Our city

Calgary Peace Bridge

Denisse Leon

  • Calgary, Alberta, population 1.5 million
  • Calgary companies will lead the $20 billion spend on digital DX in Alberta from 2021 to 2024 (Calgary Economic Development)
  • One of the top ten most livable cities in the world (Global Liveability Ranking, Economics Intelligence Unit, 2023)
  • 4th largest city in Canada, and one of Canada's youngest cities (Calgary Economic Development)
  • Energy capital of Canada and global finance hub
  • #3 most diverse city in Canada
  • Highest concentration of corporate head offices per capita in Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
  • Largest urban pathway network in North America
  • Calgary's startup ecosystem valuation more than doubled from $2.5 billion to $5.2 billion between 2020 and 2022
  • Home to Canada’s National Music Centre and the internationally renowned Calgary Stampede
  • View this great video about Calgary prepared by our partners at Calgary Economic Development