Parents and family

You're one of our key partners in assuring your student succeeds both academically and personally. While your role will change, you'll still have an important one to play: supporter, resource person, sounding board and, most importantly, loved one.

Fast facts

About UCalgary

Ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide

(Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2019)

94% after-graduation employment rate

300+ student clubs to join

36+ on-campus food outlets

Looking for more information? Join our UCalgary Prospective Parent e-mail list. You’ll receive additional information and resources and stay up to date with upcoming prospective student events in your city or region. Join now.

UCalgary programs

Excited to discover more about UCalgary programs?
Choose from a range of high-quality programs at the #6 top research university in Canada. UCalgary is a global intellectual hub where students and staff from over 160 countries come to share ideas and different perspectives. A community committed to excellence, we have over 200 programs to choose from.

Undergraduate retention rate

Supporting the application process

As your student prepares to apply for university, here are a number of helpful resources you can use to support them with their application.

Submitting the online application

The University of Calgary will accept applications for admission for the fall 2022 intake from October 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022.

The application process

Degree Profiles

Encourage your student to visit our Degree Profile resource to find clarity and gain confidence on their career path. These profiles look at potential jobs, key skills and attributes, as well as associations and professional development that relate to each degree and potential career path.

Degree Profile resource

UCalgary’s Career Wheel

Is your student looking for some guidance on their career development? The career wheel is an excellent place for them to start their planning and review the common stages of the career development process.

The Career Wheel

Protection of Privacy

In accordance with Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, UCalgary cannot share information about a student or applicant to a third-party (including family members) without the explicit consent of a student or applicant. We encourage you to have your student connect with us directly and we will be happy to support them with their application.

Privacy Policy

If you would like to order a physical copy of our parent and family guide or other prospective student viewbooks, you can order them here.

We would love to meet you and your family!

The best way to get to know your student’s future campus is by experiencing it! The following are three great ways to explore UCalgary.

UCalgary campus event

Attend an in-person or virtual event

We've made it as easy as possible to connect directly with us. You and your student can join us online or in person for many of our events such as Open House, faculty information nights and webinars about admissions, financial aid and applying for awards. We also have many recorded webinars with useful information you can listen to on-demand.

Students on a campus tour

Take a campus tour

We offer daily in-person and biweekly virtual campus tours. Our virtual tour is featured on our Choose UCalgary YouTube channel. Explore our entire campus from the comfort of your home and instant chat with an advisor during the tour.

Campus 360 tour

Explore our 360 Virtual Reality Simulations

Enjoy many 360 virtual experiences of many spaces on campus!


Your student can live, learn and grow alongside their peers, while creating strong and lasting friendships. From shared dorm-style rooms in first year, to full apartments in upper years and graduate school, to family housing, there are options available for all students.

Each building has a residence life coordinator who provides continuous support. Residence life coordinators foster and promote inclusive living environments, organize events and help students with everything from homesickness to health and academics.


Protection of privacy

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)

In accordance with Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), UCalgary is unable to share information about a student or applicant to a third-party (including family members) without the explicit consent of a student or applicant.

Find out more about FOIP

Prepare your student to excel

Proven advice you can share with your student

It’s important that your student is engaged in more than their course work. Encourage your student to explore clubs, meet their professors and take part in leadership opportunities. Not only will they do better at school, but they'll also build positive relationships with peers and gain new skills. 

Encourage your student to reach out to many of our support services