Fast Facts

The University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions.

Alberta’s Destination University, the U of L attracts approximately 8,400 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to our campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary each year. We offer more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in six faculties and schools: Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Management and Graduate Studies.

Spanning 500 acres, our Lethbridge campus, known for its signature Arthur Erickson Building, University Hall, which is nestled in the southern Alberta coulees and overlooks the Oldman River. We will soon be home to a new science and academic building – the Destination Project – which will advance research and learning opportunities for generations to come, and will shape the future of the University of Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

Our motto is Fiat Lux, which means let there be light, refers to the illumination that comes from research and learning. We create, inquire and discover, and inspire our students to do the same.

The U of L is home to leading research centres and institutes across disciplines, including the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. World-class faculty members bring their research into the classroom and actively engage students in research opportunities. Both undergraduate and graduate students work alongside accomplished researchers in a highly supportive and multidisciplinary environment that is grounded in liberal education.

Students explore a variety of subjects and discover what they are passionate about while developing the critical thinking and analytical skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. At the U of L, there are extraordinary opportunities for students to take their learning beyond the classroom and discover the world. We are known for our small classes, and personal and welcoming atmosphere.

A city of approximately 95,000 residents, Lethbridge is located in southern Alberta and is a short distance from the Rocky Mountains, Calgary and the U.S. border. We are one of Canada’s sunniest cities and the warm westerly Chinook winds give Lethbridge some of the most moderate winters in Western Canada.

Fast Facts - 2015

The U of L at a Glance (Fall 2015 unless otherwise stated) as of September 12

  • 8,453 students enrolled
  • 795 students are on the Calgary campus and 100 are on the Edmonton campus
  • Undergraduate Enrolment 7,893; Graduate Enrolment 560
  • Approximately 71% of Lethbridge campus students re-locate to attend the U of L
  • Our student body is approximately 57% female, 43% male
  • The average entering average for new high school students: 78.6%
  • We are home to 548 international students from 94 countries with the highest number of students hailing from China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and India (including only international students) or Nigeria, China, India, and Bangladesh (including permanent residents)
  • 93% of full-time professors have a doctorate or terminal degree (fall 2014)
  • Average lecture class size is 31.9 (2014/15)
  • Students to faculty ratio: 14:1 (2014/15)
  • Approximately, 1,700 students graduate annually
  • To date, more than 40,000 U of L alumni have gone on to make important contributions in communities around the world.
  • With 1,152 employees, the U of L is one of Lethbridge’s largest employers (2014/2015)
  • Annual provincial economic impact: $1.1 billion economic impact, nearly half in southern Alberta (2013/2014)