A new chapter

You're one of our key partners in assuring your student succeeds both academically and personally. While your role will change, you'll still have an important one to play: supporter, resource person, sounding board and, most importantly, loved one.

When do we contact parents?

At the University of Calgary, we treat students as adults. Part of this means that we don’t release personal information about students to anyone other than the student. In fact, this is required by law. Your student does have the option of completing a third-party authorization form if they want to consent to sharing some or all of their personal university information with you.

Admission timeline

To help your student through the process of becoming an official UCalgary student, below is a timeline of important dates, deadlines and events.

Upcoming dates

  1. Residence move-in

  2. Sep. 4 – 5: Fall orientation week


  3. First day of fall term

  4. Fall tuition fees due

  5. Open House is on campus

  6. Undergraduate application is open

    Online application available for high school awards


  7. Nov. 15 – April 30: Early admission offers made
    Nov. 15 – May 31: Standard admission offers made
    Nov. 15 – Aug. 15: Admission offers made based on final grades

  8. Deadline to apply for prestige awards

  9. Deadline to apply for fall admissions and final date to make changes to your application

    High school awards online application deadline

  10. Deadline for students residing outside of Canada or the U.S. to submit transcripts and documents

    Initial transcripts and supporting documents required for admission decision for all high school and transfer applicants


  11. Deadline for high school applicants to apply for guaranteed multi-year residence

    Acceptance and admission deposit deadline for offers made by Apr. 1

    Students should prepare for course registration

  12. Start applying for Government Student Assistance

    Transcript deadline for transfer applicants

  13. Final transcript deadline for high school applicants

    Students can get their UniCard

  14. Deadline to apply for Open Studies for the fall term

Next steps

  1. Government funding, awards and loans
    Find out the various ways you can help finance or offset the cost your student's education.

    Financing information

  2. Know the costs
    Costs may vary by program; try our cost calculator to estimate the costs for your student's chosen program.

    Cost calculator

  3. Paying fees
    The university has online options available to make fee payment easy for students or their family members.

    Learn about payment options

  4. Registration information
    Remind your student in April that they should start preparing for online registration in May.

    First-year registration

Freedom of information and protection of privacy act (FOIP)

As a rule, the University of Calgary cannot share information about a student with a third party. In accordance with Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the following information is considered private and must be protected:

  • Home address or telephone number
  • Information relating to an individual’s race, national or ethnic origin; age; birth date; marital or family status; health or health care history
  • Most educational history
  • ID number
  • Evaluative information
  • Timetable

Under Section 40(1)(d) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, if a student would like to authorize a third party to have access to their confidential personal information, they must do so in writing using the Third Party Authorization form.

In the case of students living in residence, the university reserves the right to contact next of kin at any point; however, our intent is to treat students as adults. If a student is under the age of 18, then a parent is required to sign the occupancy agreement. However, that does not mean that institution will contact parents for any violations of the agreement.

Keep an open dialogue with your student

Unlike high school, we don’t send report cards home, call the student’s family if they’ve been absent from class, inform parents if the student is having difficulties or let someone know if the student has fees owing.

This may be a significant change for family members who've previously been highly involved with their student’s education. We recommend talking with your student about their plan for managing their schooling as well as the type of information you wish they would share with you. Keep in mind that it is ultimately the student’s decision which personal information they choose to disclose.

Benefits of living in residence

Living in residence helps create an on-campus community. Our residence program also provides students access to numerous services that support their academic and personal success. Studies demonstrate that students who live in residence have a slightly higher rate of academic success rate when compared to students who live off campus. High school applicants who apply by May 1 are guaranteed a place in residence for two years.

Learn about residence

Student support on campus

At UCalgary, we offer countless programs and services that your student can access free of charge. As an important part of our campus community, we want to support your student’s success both in and outside of the classroom. A few examples of student support and wellness services, include:

We're proud to have a welcoming and safe campus. Find out how Campus Security and our Safewalk program keep campus safe for everyone.