University of Alberta

Fact Sheet

  • 1908
  • University
  • Research Intensive
  • English/French
  • Writers W.O. Mitchell and Rudy Wiebe; filmmaker Anne Wheeler; Joe Clark - former Primer Minister of Canada; Peter Lougheed - former Alberta Premier; Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin; Richard Taylor, nobel laureate in physics; Paul Gross - actor

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Cutting-edge science/tech research
  2. Large class sizes in first year
  3. Top-tier academic reputation
  4. Friendly and diverse
  5. Strong athletics programs

Courses With Kudos

Engineering, Medicine, Sciences, Law, Nanotechnology, Education, Business

Student Sound Offs

"The school just has a certain vibrancy, life and an energy about it... as someone moving here from a small town to attend school, I found it really enlivening."

"Many people feel that this is a science/engineering focused university, however I feel that other programs are taught just as well."

"Edmonton winters are long and cold, the university looks dirty and barren in the winter (it's beautiful during the summer)."

"The U of A offers so many opportunities for individuals; everything you could imagine they have a club for, everyone belongs."

"Because it's so big, I find it a bit difficult to meet new people and actually stay in touch with the ones you do meet."

"We have a very helpful online tool for choosing courses called BearScat which is much easier to use than enrolling in courses at other universities."

"The arts faculty is a contributing addition to the university atmosphere and deserves more recognition."

"Lister Hall is one of the most amazing residences in the country!"

"We have a very vibrant and diverse community of male and female fraternities on our campus that contribute a lot to the university."

"There are lots of inner passages so you do not have to walk in the freezing cold all the time."

"The Career and Placement Services is very good at offering help to students regarding career choices and supplementary skills workshops, as well as providing an extensive job posting list."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: University of Alberta
Institution size classification: Large   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B B

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning B+ B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B+ B
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A- B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process B+ B
Number of Courses to Choose From B+ B+

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus B- B-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B B
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A B+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B B
Average # of Students in First Year Class N/A 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 35% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 47% 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 18% 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B+ B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B+ B
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B B-
Student Residences C B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B+ B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals A- B+
Study Spaces in the Library B+ B-
Library Hours of Operation A- A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B B
Reputation of the University Among Employers A B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B B-
Career and Employment Services B+ B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located B B+
Quality of Public Transportation B- B
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B+ B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops B B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing C- C

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ A-
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 68% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B+ B
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students B+ B+