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Athabasca University

  • Public University, Estd 1970
  • Athabasca, Alberta
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University Highlights

  • More than 40,000 students from 87 countries
  • Over 7,800 full-load equivalent students
  • Offers more than 850 courses in over 55 undergraduate and graduate programs in different areas of study
  • An annual operating budget of $130 million
  • Employs over 1,000 faculty and staff members
  • Four campuses
  • An acceptance rate of 75%
  • Has over 350 collaborative agreements and partnerships with post-secondary institutions in Canada and abroad
  • The average age of undergraduates is 27; the average age of graduate students is 35
  • 73% of students are part-time workers
  • 65% of undergraduate and 74% of graduate students are females
  • 70% of graduates are the first in their families to earn a university degree
  • More than 95% graduate satisfaction
  • An employment rate of 90%

University at a Glance

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Athabasca University is a public research university located in Canada that predominantly functions through online distance education. Founded in 1970 with the motive of removing barriers to accessing education for adult learners around the world, this university also goes by AU or Athabasca. Athabasca has the distinction of being one of only four comprehensive research and academic universities located in Alberta. It was also the first university in Canada to specialize in distance education.

AU welcomes more than 40,000 students yearly, which includes international students from 87 countries around the world. This institute is a national site for inclusion and diversity. Over the decades, the university has entered more than 350 agreements for collaborations with both Canadian and international post-secondary institutions and employers. Students enrolled in this university can choose from 850 courses with 55 undergraduate and graduate programs. The following academic faculties operate these programs:

  • Faculty of:
    • Business
    • Health Disciplines
    • Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Science & Technology
    • Graduate Studies

The university also has some centers that work under these faculties or independently, including:

  • Centre for Humanities 
  • Nukskahtowin Meeting Place
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Science & Technology
  • Centre for Science
  • RAIC Centre for Architecture
  • Centre for Learning Accreditation (PLAR)
  • Research Centre
  • School of Computing & Information Systems
  • Centre for Social Sciences

Athabasca University operates across a total of four campuses with the main one being in Athabasca and others being in Edmonton, Calgary, and Center for Innovative Management and AU Learning Link. Although the university has non-residential campuses, it provides students with information regarding accommodation near the campuses on the university website. Student support and other services available on-campus are as follows:

  • Phone support
  • Appointment booking
  • Webinars, videos, and orientation tools
  • Learner connections
  • Academic support
  • Learner services and support
  • Library
  • Advising services
  • Counselling services
  • Write site
  • Math site
  • Tutors centres
  • Disability support centres
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Students’ union

Athabasca guarantees high-quality education for all and helps its graduates land some of the highest-paying jobs in Canada. This university has educated a very successful network of alumni. Some of the notable alumni include Esmail Bharwani, Shastri Ramnath, Dr. Djenana Jalovcic, and Barb Tiedemann among others.

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Admission Requirements

SOP: Not required
LOR: Required for some courses
Essays: Not required
CV: Needed for some courses
Additional documents: Required

Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    1 University Drive Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3 Canada
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