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Coordinates: 53°32′24.42″N 113°35′21.57″W / 53.5401167°N 113.589325°W / 53.5401167; -113.589325

Grant MacEwan University
Motto Discendo Floremus (Through learning we flourish)
Established 1971
Type Public degree granting
Chairman Eric D. Young
President Dr. Paul Byrne
Staff 3,351 (2007/08)[1]
Students 38,483[2]
Undergraduates 5000[3]
Postgraduates 0
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Campus urban/suburban Multiple campuses
Former names Grant MacEwan College, Grant MacEwan Community College
Sports teams Griffins
Colours blue      & White     
Nickname The Griffins
MacEwan College Logo.svg

Grant MacEwan University is an educational institution located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1971 as "Grant MacEwan Community College" and offered primarily one and two year programs, such as diplomas and certificates. In 1988 it received approval to offer university transfer credit, and in 1999 dropped the word "community" from its name.[4] Since 2004 it has offered full bachelor's degrees, which is usually only done by universities in Canada. By 2006, the institution was referred to in all publicity materials simply as "MacEwan", reflecting the addition of more university-like degree programs. On September 24, 2009, the institution was officially renamed a university.[3]



MacEwan was established in 1971, and named after Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan, author, educator, and former lieutenant governor of Alberta. MacEwan became an accredited degree-granting institution in 2004 and offers a baccalaureate degrees in arts, child and youth care, commerce, nursing, and science. The institution expects to add additional degrees such as music, communications and social work. Prior to the renaming, MacEwan was the largest college in Alberta, but it remains the largest transfer institution in the province. On September 24, 2009 it became Alberta's sixth university.[3] In 1975, Justin VandeKraats and Daryl Van Driel created the unique crest that Grant MacEwan boasts.


Originally, MacEwan operated out of number of small store-front style campuses. The facilities included Old Scona School (10523-84 Avenue), the Workmen's Compensation building (10048-101A Avenue), and the former Dominion Store in Cromdale (8020-118 Avenue), with the offices and administration located in the Canada Trust building (10150-100 Street). In 1988, the government of Don Getty committed $100 million for the construction of the City Centre Campus, which, at the time, was the largest single capital project in the history of the Department of Advanced Education.[5]

As of 2009, MacEwan has four separate campuses, each with a different focus. The largest campus is the City Centre Campus, which comprises five city blocks near downtown Edmonton and is home to the most of the degree programs. The City Centre campus includes the new Robbins Health Learning Centre, opened in Fall 2007. A second campus, the Alberta College campus, is also located downtown. Other campuses are located in the neighbourhoods of Mill Woods (South Campus) and West Jasper Place (Centre for the Arts).


City Centre Campus

City Centre Campus

The City Centre Campus is built on the former Canadian National rail yards on the northern fringe of the downtown core. CN donated the land, and construction began in the early 1990s.

The main complex consists of the 105th, 106th, and 107th Street Buildings, and the Centre for Sport and Wellness (or 108th Street Building). Across a pedway there is access to a parkade, and the two newest buildings, the MacEwan Residence (2006), and the Robbins Health Learning Centre (2007).

The MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness is home to a pool and gymnasium. The building was chosen as the host site for Edmonton's new International Basketball League franchise, the Edmonton Energy. [6]. Starting in 2010, all Edmonton Energy home games will be played at the Universiade Pavilion. The Griffins, MacEwan's athletic organization, compete in intercollegiate sports.

Alberta College Campus

Alberta College Campus

In June 2000, the government of Alberta assumed control of the formerly private Alberta College[7]. Alberta College was then incorporated as a fourth MacEwan campus. Alberta College is only 1 km from the City Centre Campus, but plays host to different programs. Alberta College is predominately devoted to academic upgrading, music and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, while the City Centre Campus offers academics.

Centre for the Arts and Communication

Centre for the Arts

The Centre for the Arts campus (formerly the Jasper Place Campus) is located in Edmonton's west end on the south east corner of 156 Street and Stony Plain Road.

South Campus

Mill Woods Campus

The MacEwan South Campus is located in the Mill Woods area of Edmonton's south side. The educational focus of the campus is Human Services, housing the programs for Disability Studies, Social Work, and for the Bachelor's Degree in Child and Youth Care, one of MacEwan's four degree programs.


MacEwan has four schools and faculties: the Centre for the Arts and Communications, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, and the School of Business.[8]


MacEwan offers diplomas, certificates, applied degrees, and four-year bachelor degrees in arts, science, nursing, child and youth care, and commerce. As of 2007, there are 70 programs offered.[9]

MacEwan is primarily a teaching school and less emphasis is placed on research. It has no graduate studies programs.


MacEwan's sports teams are known as the Griffins. Men's and Women's sports include: basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, cross country and dance. The Griffins compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, but as of 2007 there were rumours that the school planned to apply to join Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Past Griffins alumni include All-Canadian point guard Annalise Opthof who currently plays for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a MacEwan student, Shannon Szabados was the goalie for the gold medal winning Canadian Women's Olympic Ice Hockey team.

Campus life

MacEwan's students' union is called the Students' Association of MacEwan or SA MacEwan for short. The official school newspaper is called Intercamp, and is a member the of the Canadian University Press.


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