University of Calgary [The]

Fact Sheet

  • 1966
  • University
  • Research Intensive
  • English
  • Stephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada; James Gosling - creator of the Java programming language; Robert Thirsk - astronaut

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. International research reputation, especially in medicine, science
  2. Large classes in early years
  3. Large, park-like campus setting
  4. Can tailor your own combined degree
  5. Collaborative degree programs with Red Deer College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Courses With Kudos

Business, Engineering, Medicine, Health Sciences, Kinesiology

Student Sound Offs

"If you are interested in doing research of any kind, this is the university to go to ... You can always find someone to take you on for a research project for credit or as a summer student."

"It is a beautiful campus. When it is warm, there are people outside all over the place. It feels like a community. The campus is small enough that it can be easily navigated, but large enough to seem important ... There are tunnels and connections between almost all of the buildings, so that when the weather is trashy one never has to step foot outside in the cold/rain."

"Lots of interaction with the [city] community. As a music student, I get to study regularly with members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra."

"The professors are often there because they are good researchers and not good teachers. Thus, we often get stuck with professors who are brilliant but can't teach ... and often have poor English."

"I love having full access to the pool, rock-climbing wall, racquet courts, gymnasium, Olympic Oval, indoor track and gym."

"The school spirit is lacking ... A lot of it has to do with the fact that many students are Calgary residents so they have their own communities and do not relate/feel attached to the UofC."

"There is never a computer that is open no matter what time of day it is, morning, afternoon or night. You have to have your own computer or you will never get your assignments done."

"The students are very accepting and welcoming. I meet new people every day in my classes and it's easy to get to know them fairly well."

"There is no activism or sense of community other than one based around drinking or sports. The campus is very conservative generally - which makes sense since it is in Alberta."

"The Safewalk program runs 24/7 and has people to walk you anywhere on campus or nearby so you don't have to walk alone."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: University of Calgary
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 B 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 C 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 230 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 5% 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 25% 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 70% 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 21% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 57% 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 21% 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection C 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 C B-
Student Residences C+ B
General Attractiveness of Buildings C+ B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B- B+
Study Spaces in the Library C- B-
Library Hours of Operation B+ 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 B 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 C+ 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 74% 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+