Athabasca University at a Glance

Athabasca University provides learning for life. Through the achievements of its students, faculty and staff, AU stands out as a provider of high quality post-secondary education.

The University

  • AU serves over 40,000 students (over 7,800 full-load equivalents).
  • AU offers over 850 courses in more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of arts, science and professional disciplines.
  • AU has a $130 million annual operating budget.
  • AU employs over 1,350 faculty and staff members on four Alberta, Canada, campuses located in Athabasca, St. Albert, Edmonton and Calgary.
  • AU maintains over 350 collaborative agreements with other Canadian and international post-secondary institutions, with professional associations and employer groups and with First Nations institutions and communities.

Our Students

  • AU students come from every Canadian province and territory and 87 countries worldwide.
  • The average undergraduate is 29; the average graduate student, 39.
  • 83 per cent work while they study.
  • 67 per cent are women.
  • 50 per cent of graduates support dependents.
  • 70 per cent of graduates are the first in their family to earn a university degree.

Many students enrolled at other post-secondary institutions make extensive use of AU's courses and educational services to help them complete their degrees. These visiting students take AU courses for transfer to an academic program at their home institution. Still others take AU courses out of personal interest or for professional development.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Athabasca University experience represents a rigorous, high quality university education accessible for adult learners worldwide. To help students achieve their transfer and occupational goals AU has adopted the national learning outcomes at the Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral levels described in the Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework (pdf).

Updated June 07 2013