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.

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Our university

  • Founded in 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 on our core mandate
  • $1.3 billion consolidated budget: contributes at least $8 billion annually to Alberta’s economy
  • 33,000+ students: 26,000+ undergraduates, 6,000+ graduate students
  • 185,000+ alumni; 2/3 live or work in the Calgary area

Rankings and accolades

  • Top 200 universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities [Shanghai Ranking Consultancy], 2019)
  • 128 in the world and 6 in Canada based on total publications (CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019)
  • 184 in the world and 8 in Canada (Center for World University Rankings, 2019)
  • Top 200 most globally oriented universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2016)
  • Top 5 in Canada and 125th of 938 universities worldwide in research performance (European Centre for Science and Technology, Leiden, 2017)
  • 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
  • Alberta’s top employers (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Canada's best diversity employers (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • WorldatWork Alliance for WorkLife Progress Seal of Distinction (2015, 2016, 2017)

Learn more about how UCalgary ranks in Canada and Globally 

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 14 Olympic and Paralympic medals

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

Our teaching and learning

  • 250+ programs
  • 95% undergraduate retention rate
  • 78% 'good' or 'excellent' 1st-year student satisfaction
  • 94.1% graduate employment rate, 80.4% of employed grads working in fields related to discipline
  • 7.8 million items in library collections
  • 16 Rhodes scholars to date

Our research and scholarship

  • #6 top research university in Canada — in terms of sponsored research funding
  • $487.8 million in sponsored research funding (2018-2019)
  • 169 research chairs
  • 360 new inventions and innovations (2018-2019, 3-year running total)

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
  • #1 most liveable city in North America and #5 in the world (2019 Global Liveability Ranking, Economics Intelligence Unit)
  • 4th largest city in Canada, youngest population of major cities in Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
  • Energy capital of Canada and global finance hub
  • #3 most diverse city in Canada
  • Most patents per capita in Canada (C.D. Howe Institute, 2018)
  • Highest concentration of corporate head offices and small businesses per capita in Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
  • 40 international consulate offices
  • Largest urban pathway network in North America
  • Home to Canada’s National Music Centre and the internationally renowned Calgary Stampede
  • Sunniest city in Canada — over 333 days a year
  • View this great video about Calgary prepared by our partners at Calgary Economic Development