Fast Facts

The University of Lethbridge (2016/2017)

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 8,600 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. The U of L 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.

In 2017, we are celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary, and the five decades of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters who have made the U of L the world-class institution it is today, as we prepare for our next 50 years.

About Lethbridge

A city of nearly 100,000 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 – 2016/2017

The University of Lethbridge maintained its top-three position in the Maclean’s University Rankings (Primarily Undergraduate category), for the fifth consecutive year, and continues to evolve as one of the country’s leading research-intensive universities. In 2016, RESEARCH Infosource Inc. ranked the U of L as one of Canada’s top-three research Universities (undergraduate category), up one spot from the previous year. In the overall rankings list, the U of L jumped a spot to 34th in the country. The University set a record enrolment in 2016.

  • 8,468 students enrolled
  • Undergraduate Enrolment 7,891; Master’s Enrolment 477; Doctoral Enrolment 100
  • 767 students are on the Calgary campus
  • 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 550 international students (including permanent residents) from 97 countries with the highest number of students hailing from Nigeria, China, Japan and India.
  • 96.7% of full-time professors have a doctorate or terminal degree
  • Average lecture class size is 33.6
  • Students to faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Approximately, 1,700 students graduate annually
  • To date, more than 41,000 U of L alumni have gone on to make important contributions in communities around the world.
  • With 1,172 employees, the U of L is Lethbridge’s second largest employer.
  • Annual provincial economic impact: $1.1 billion economic impact, nearly half in southern Alberta