The University of Calgary offers students a high-quality educational experience that prepares them for success in life, as well as research that addresses society’s most persistent challenges. Our creation and transfer of knowledge contributes every day to our country’s global competitive advantage and makes the world a better place.
As a publicly funded research university accountable to the Government of Alberta under the Postsecondary Learning Act, UCalgary is part of a learner-centered system. Started in 1945 as the Calgary branch of the University of Alberta, it was instituted into a separate university in 1966. It is composed of 14 faculties and over 85 research centres. The main campus is located in the northwest quadrant of the city with smaller campuses located in the city centre, at the Foothills Hospital, and Spyhill.
The University of Calgary was ranked #1 in both Canada and the North America by the QS World Universities Ranking (Top 50 under 50) and Times Higher Education Rankings (Top 150 under 50) in 2016. Its enrollment is approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students with over 155,000 alumni in 152 countries, including James Gosling, OC who invented the Java computer language, former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk.