Universities in Calgary, Canada
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Calgary
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  • Universities in Calgary
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
21
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Calgary
  • (15 institution and 6 subject rankings)
20
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Calgary
  • Among TOP 200

Calgary, found in the province of Alberta, as a place to live is known for its spectacular natural trails, reduced taxes, and higher wages than the national average.

Great ways to spend your free time in Calgary include taking a walk in Bowmont Park or Fish Creek, or enjoying the abundance of fun indoor activities such as their Bolder Climbing Center, Trampoline Center, or even Laser Tag and Gaming Cafes.

For those who are in the mood for enjoying some nightlife, Calgary offers numerous popular hangouts in the Downtown area.

PROS

  • International students qualify for healthcare in Alberta just by demonstrating that they live in Alberta, and that they’re enrolled in a full-time university course.

  • The minimum wage in Alberta is among the highest in the country, at C$15 per hour. Coupled with lower tax rates than many other Canadian cities, there are opportunities to do well here.

  • There are activities for almost every interest, hobby and taste in Calgary, from nature trails, to video game and board game cafes, to indoor and outdoor sport installations for most popular sports but also for more obscure activities like rock climbing.

CONS

  • There had to be a catch with the high wages and low taxes. Alberta’s daily living costs are well known for being higher than in other major Canadian cities and provinces.

  • The winters in Alberta are not for the faint of heart, as temperatures sometimes drop to minus 30 or 40 degrees celsius. Those who have a car are recommended to learn to drive in icy conditions so as not to add to Calgary’s ice-related car accident statistics!

  • Unemployment rates are relatively high in Calgary, so international students without an excellent level of English are likely to struggle even more finding a job.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Calgary
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Includes 2 universities from Calgary.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: QS World University Rankings By Subject (Sports related subjects) updated with University of Calgary ranked highest among 14 listed universities in Calgary.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - World Ranking from 4icu. in position #121.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities from 4icu. in position #103.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Calgary

Veterinary Science
#37 
University of Calgary
Archaeology
#51 
University of Calgary
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#65 
University of Calgary
Linguistics
#151 
University of Calgary
Chemical Engineering
#167 
University of Calgary
Agricultural Sciences
#216 
University of Calgary

Rankings of universities in Calgary, Canada 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (653 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #200 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #246 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #141 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (592 reviews)
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  • #58 
  • #614 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #53 
  • #2960 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #30 
  • #134 
World University Ranking 2020 - US & Canada
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#3

SAIT, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (686 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #139 
World University Ranking 2020 - US & Canada
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #6627 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (71 reviews)
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  • #86 
  • #10404 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#5

St. Mary's University College

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (31 reviews)

Student Opinions About Studying in Calgary

“Calgary is the kind of place where it really helps to know what you like and seek it out, because it’s not the kind of city where everything is presented to you in the city center. There should be something for everyone here.”

“This city is known for being a little bit more conservative than the more metropolitan cities in Canada, and is sometimes called the Canadian Texas. The people are polite, but it can be hard to get the locals to stop seeing you as an outsider even after you’ve lived here a long time.”

“In my opinion local employers are really looking for people who plan to live here long term, so that seems to be one of the reasons that they tend to shy away from hiring students. You can still find something, it’s just a challenge.”

Calgary Key Facts for International Students

Population: 1020000

Elevation: 1048 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -7

District/province: Alberta,

Living costs for students in Calgary:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 86* (14% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 67* (33% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 77* (23% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 6.60 C$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

University of Calgary ranks #1 in Calgary in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Calgary University of Calgary is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 27 rankings where University of Calgary is listed.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Medicine & Health (Veterinary Science). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Social Studies & Humanities (Archaeology). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Engineering (Chemical Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary is ranked best in Calgary for Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences). See all rankings for the University of Calgary.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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RUY

Criteria used in ranking -Research Infosource: Canada's Top 50 Research Universities:
Total Sponsored Research Income 20%
Research Intensity per Faculty 20%
Total Number of Publications 20%
Publication Intensity 20%
Publication Impact 10%
Research Intensity per Graduate Student 10%

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Rogers Digital Media

Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings - Medical Doctoral universities:
Students 28%
Faculty 24%
Resources 20%
Reputation 15%
Student support 13%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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