Fast Facts

The University of Lethbridge (2017/2018)

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 more than 8,700 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 seven Faculties and Schools: Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Liberal Education, Graduate Studies and the Dhillon School of Business.

Our motto, Fiat Lux (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.

Located on traditional Blackfoot land, First Nations culture has been woven into the fabric of the University, enriching our programs, teaching and research. Our Blackfoot name, Iniskim (Sacred Buffalo Stone), was gifted to the University by Elder Bruce Wolf Child in 2002. Spanning 500 acres, our Lethbridge campus is known for the signature Arthur Erickson Building, University Hall, and 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.

The U of L boasts 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 celebrated 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.

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 – 2017/2018

In 2017, the U of L maintained a top-five ranking in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings

(Primarily Undergraduate category), a position we have held in each of the past six years, ranking fourth overall in a group of 19 universities from across the country. Of the 14 individual ranking markers, the U of L maintained or improved in 10 classifications, including a first-place ranking in the percentage of the total operating budget devoted to student service.

The U of L continues to evolve as one of the country’s leading research-intensive universities. In 2017, RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. ranked the U of L as one of the top-two research universities (undergraduate category), up one spot from the previous year. In the overall rankings list, the U of L maintained the overall 34th in the country spot.

The University set a record enrolment in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Fast Facts (as of Sept. 19, 2017)

  • 8,724 students enrolled
  • Undergraduate Enrolment 8,128; Master’s Enrolment 483; Doctoral Enrolment 113
  • 753 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 59% female, 41% male
  • The average entering average for new high school students: 78.6%
  • We are home to 506 international students (including permanent residents) from 99 countries with the highest number of students hailing from Nigeria, China, Japan, India and the United States.
  • 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 42,000 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