About the University of Lethbridge

With a 50-year history of excellence in undergraduate education, the University of Lethbridge has long been renowned for its commitment to students and the student experience, small classes and the liberal arts.

Today, the U of L is recognized as a research-intensive, comprehensive university with a focus on both undergraduate and graduate education.

With more than 150 degree/program options, the U of L offers relevant, progressive programs; small class sizes; state-of-the-art facilities and world-class learning opportunities.

Approximately 8,500 students from 85 countries call the U of L's campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton home.

The U of L at a Glance (Fall 2010)

  • Established in 1967
  • Campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton
  • Degrees offered: undergraduate, graduate, PhD
  • More than 150 degree/program options
  • About 8,400 students enrolled in the fall 2010 semester
  • Approximately 700 students are on the Calgary campus and 400 are on the Edmonton campus
  • Undergraduate Enrolment 7,845; Graduate Enrolment 558
  • Our student body is approximately 57% female, 43% male
  • The average entering average for new high school students: 77.2%
  • 88% of full-time professors have PhDs
  • Average class size is 33
  • Students to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • We are home to more than 400 international students from approximately 85 countries, with the highest number of students hailing from China, India, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Japan
  • Pronghorn Athletics features basketball, hockey and soccer; a women's ruby team; as well as combined teams in judo, track and field, and swimming. The women's rugby team captured CIS championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and is five-time Canada West Champions.
  • We have graduated three Rhodes Scholars
  • To date, approximately 32,000 U of L alumni have gone on to make important contributions in communities around the world.
  • With 1,155 employees, the U of L is one of Lethbridge's largest employers
  • The Lethbridge campus spans 490 acres and is nestled in the coulees of southern Alberta
  • The U of L's main building, University Hall, which was designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson and his business partner Geoffrey Massey, is now considered a southern Alberta landmark.

About Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Alberta, is one of Canada's sunniest cities, and is just two hours south of Calgary and one hour north of the U.S. border. With a population of just under 87,000 people, Lethbridge is well known for its affordability, low cost of living and comfortable lifestyle (you can be anywhere in the city in just 10 to 15 minutes).

Our Vision

To build the most vital and engaging learning environment in Canada, through superior teaching, research and creative achievement.

2009-2013 Strategic Plan:

Five strategic directions were identified in the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan:

  • Confirm the U of L's place as a comprehensive university.
  • Enhance the student experience.
  • Build internal community and enhance relationships with external communities.
  • Promote access to quality post-secondary education.
  • Enhance the environmental sustainability of the University.