Alberta has 26 publicly funded postsecondary educational institutions.


Region Overview

The province of Alberta was transferred to Canada by the Hudson Bay Company in 1870 and officially joined the confederation in 1905. Its prairies run from Saskatchewan, to the east, into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the west. In the early 1900s Alberta was important to logging, fur trading, and gold prospecting, but its economy changed drastically in 1947 with the discovery of oil. The profits from oil and gas have enriched the province, but fluctuations in prices have also at times made it vulnerable. Since the 1990s, the economy has diversified beyond the petrochemical industry, and the cities of Calgary and Edmonton have emerged as regional centers of business and finance.


Arctic air masses in the winter produce extreme minimum temperatures varying from -54 C (-70 F) in northern Alberta to -46 C (-50 F) in southern Alberta. In the summer, continental air masses produce maximum temperatures from 32 C (90 F) in the mountains to 40 C (104 F) in southern Alberta.  Average temperatures in January range from -8 C (20 F) in the south to -24 C (-10 F) in the north, and in July from 24 C (75 F) in the south to 16 C (61 F) in the north

Annual rainfall
Annual precipitation ranges from 300 millimeters (12 inches) in the southeast to 450 millimeters (18 inches) in the north, except in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where rainfall can reach 600 millimeters (24 inches) annually





Overview of Higher Education

Alberta has 26 publicly funded postsecondary educational institutions organized into the following categories: Comprehensive Academic and Research Institutions; Baccalaureate and Applied Studies Institutions; Comprehensive Community Institutions; Polytechnical Institutions; and Independent Academic Institutions.

The four comprehensive academic and research institutions provide undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as opportunities for applied research. The two baccalaureate institutions offer bachelor’s degrees, in addition to diplomas and certificates. And the five independent academic institutions – which serve students seeking a faith-based environment -- offer bachelor’s degrees in liberal arts, science, and education.

Average undergraduate tuition for students living in Canada was $5,361 in 2008-09. Some four percent of students studying in Alberta in 2007-08 were holders of international visas.   

(Source: Government of Alberta)

Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 27

Number of Higher Education Students

Number of students enrolled: 265,427

Number of internationl students enrolled: 9,598

Contact Information

Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology

7th Floor, Commerce Place 10155-102 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 4L5

Web site: http://www.advancededucation.gov.ab.ca/

Phone: 780-422-5400

E-mail: AET.INFO@gov.ab.ca

Contact: Honourable Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology