UAlberta Facts

Distinctively U of A

The School of Public Health is Canada’s first fully accredited, stand-alone faculty dedicated to public health with a focus on safety, wellness, and disease prevention.

The Faculty of Native Studies, Canada’s only such faculty, provides undergraduate programs specializing in the study of Aboriginal experiences, and issues of language, culture, land, and resources.

The U of A Libraries comprises Canada’s second-largest research library system, ranks first in volumes available per student thanks to a library consortium that arranges access to 10.6 million items, and provides access to more than one million electronic books and more than 1,500 electronic databases.

The U of A has long been considered a hotbed of paleontology research thanks in large part to the work of world-renowned dinosaur expert Phil Currie. Dinosaur enthusiasts around the world have the opportunity to learn from Currie himself through Dino 101, the university’s successful first foray into the world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

U of A Museums is a distributed network of 29 diverse collections, totalling more than 17 million objects housed in 120 locations within departments across campus, from art and archeology to paleontology and zoology.

Opening in 2016, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College will offer students an inclusive, interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership development program designed to forge leaders through formal and co-curricular learning, engagement, and mentorship. Headed by founding principal and former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, the college is part of an initiative between the U of A and The Banff Centre to create one of the world’s pre-eminent leadership development programs.