Post Secondary


Of Canada's major cities, Calgary has the second highest level of educational attainment, which isn’t surprising when you consider the quality, variety and accessibility of advanced education here.

Calgary’s post-secondary institutions collaborate with – and mutually support – the city’s business, professional, technology, arts, sports and non-profit communities.

For example, the schools make every effort to increase the number of students in areas where Calgary is experiencing a labour shortage – such as nursing, engineering technology and skilled trades – helping provide the skilled workers the city needs.

Header Photo:Heritage Hall at SAIT Polytechnic

Public Schools

There are five public post-secondary institutions in Calgary, including two major universities:

Private Schools

There are also a number of private post-secondary schools in town, some of the most popular being:

In addition, there are satellite campuses in town for the University of Lethbridge, Olds College, University of Alberta and Athabasca University.

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University of Calgary


The University of Calgary is the city’s premier post-secondary education and research institution. Ranked for several years running as the #1 young university in Canada, it also sits at #2 in North America and #9 worldwide amongst educational institutions under the age of 50. One of the largest employers in Calgary, the university contributes nearly $8 billion annually to the Alberta economy.

The University of Calgary has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where it fully engages the communities it serves and leads. A member of Canada's U15 -- the nation's most research-intensive universities -- it attracts $325 million of sponsored research funding, has more than 70 Canada Research Chairs, and houses over 85 research centres actively tackling society's most pressing challenges.

A vibrant, entrepreneurial, urban university with a strong sense of community, its core areas of research expertise include energy; brain and mental health; smart and secure cities; earth-space technologies; biomedical engineering; and chronic diseases.

The University of Calgary has 14 faculties and 53 teaching departments, offering hundreds of programs for its 32,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, as well as rich offerings for thousands of lifelong learners through continuing education, summer camps, and active living initiatives. More than 2/3 of the university's 158,000 alumni have chosen to remain in and around Calgary, effectively building the future of the city and its communities.


The University of Calgary is in the northwest quadrant of Calgary, on the CTrain line and near the community of Brentwood. 

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Mount Royal University


A college up until 2009, Mount Royal University welcomed 179 students when it first opened its doors in 1911. Today, it serves approximately 16,000 students with a variety of programs and courses including bachelor’s degrees, applied degrees, university transfer courses, diplomas and certificates.

Undergraduate programs are offered in a range of disciplines including arts, business, communications, community and health studies, music, theatre arts, and science and technology. 

More than 44,000 students are enrolled in courses offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension, and the Languages Institute. 

Through the Mount Royal Conservatory, 9,000 students receive instruction each year in credit and non-credit programs in the arts.


Mount Royal University is in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, just off of Crowchild Trail.

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SAIT Polytechnic


As one of Canada's leading polytechnics, SAIT Polytechnic provides relevant, skill-oriented education to more than 71,000 registrants each year. SAIT offers 77 certificate, diploma, apprenticeship and applied degree programs, 30-plus apprenticeship trades, two baccalaureate degrees and over 1,600 continuing education and corporate training courses.

Curriculum at SAIT is developed through partnerships with business and industry to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required in the workplace. Many programs include workplace internships and placements as critical components of their curriculum. The institution has a graduate employment rate of 94 per cent.

Additionally, SAIT operates a 10,000 square foot Culinary Campus in downtown Calgary. The Culinary Campus offers baking and pastry arts and professional cooking programs as well as continuing education and corporate team building events.

In 2013, Research Infosource Inc. ranked SAIT number one out of 50 top Canadian research colleges for attracting $9.8 million in research income in 2012.


SAIT Polytechnic, has an enviable position off of the Trans-Canada Highway, on North Hill overlooking the Bow River, Kensington and the downtown core. The CTrain stops right at the school’s doors.

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Founded in 1926, the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) is one of only four accredited public art and design colleges in Canada, and is the only post-secondary institution in the prairie provinces devoted exclusively to education, practice and research in visual culture and design.

ACAD has over 1,300 full and part-time students enrolled in a variety of areas including bachelor programs in fine arts, design, media arts and digital technologies. 

The school provides a rigorous studio-based program that produces innovative thinkers, problem solvers and visually talented members of the creative class. 


ACAD, located just beside SAIT Polytechnic in an enviable position off of the Trans-Canada Highway, on North Hill overlooks the Bow River, Kensington and the downtown core. The CTrain stops right at the school’s doors.

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Bow Valley College


Bow Valley College is Calgary’s only comprehensive community college, providing over 8,830 full and part-time students with highly focused career-oriented training meant to get them into the workforce quickly.

The college offers English as a second language, academic upgrading and career certificate and diploma programs in business, accounting, health care, administration, computers and a number of community-oriented subject areas.

Certificates can be achieved in less than a year, while diplomas are two-year programs. There are both in-class and online options for learning, as well as part-time studies.

The school boasts a 93 per cent employment rate: each year that percentage of students finds jobs in their chosen career within six months of graduation.


Bow Valley College has a campus right downtown, so it’s easily accessed by public transportation.

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St. Mary’s University


St. Mary's College officially became St. Mary's University and was authorized to grant its own Bachelor of Arts degrees on June 16, 2004. The independent Catholic liberal arts university is well-known for its small class sizes, with an average of 25 students per class and is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in the Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education.


St. Mary's University is accredited to offer the following three and four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees:

Several minors are offered in conjunction with the four-year Bachelor of Arts programs. 

In addition, St. Mary's University offers a certificate and a diploma within the Religious Education Programs for Catholic Teachers and Administrators.


Located on a historic site in Midnapore, a southeast Calgary neighborhood, with close proximity to the CTrain line.

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