University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge
Motto Fiat Lux (Latin: "Let there be light")
Type Public
Established 1967
Endowment $147M[1]
Chancellor Janice Varzari
President Dr. Michael J. Mahon
Provost Dr. Andrew Hakin
Academic staff
496 [2]
Undergraduates 8,631 [3]
Postgraduates 519 [3]
Location 4401 University Drive
, Alberta, Canada
T1K 3M4
Campus Urban, 185 ha (460 acres) or 1.85 km2 (0.71 sq mi)
Colours Blue & Gold         
Nickname Horns
Mascot Luxie
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, CIS, ACU, CWUAA, CUP.

The University of Lethbridge (also known as uLethbridge, uLeth, and U of L) is a publicly funded comprehensive academic and research university, founded in the liberal education tradition, located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, with two other urban campuses in Calgary and Edmonton. The main building sits among the coulees on the west side of the Oldman River.

uLethbridge is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network.


The University of Lethbridge is a non-denominational university established in 1967 at Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1968, the University awarded its first undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts.[4]

The architect Arthur Erickson designed University Hall which has received international acclaim for its architectural originality and functional design. The University Hall opened in 1971.

In 1996, the University of Lethbridge opened campuses in Calgary and Edmonton.

On December 17, 2009, Mike Mahon, the dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta was named the next president of the University of Lethbridge. His term began on July 1, 2010.[5]


Both graduate and undergraduate programmes are offered.

In 2004, the University of Lethbridge granted their first doctoral degrees. Lisa Thomson and Robbin Gibb both graduated with doctoral degrees in Neuroscience. Earlier in the year, the Alberta government approved the expansion of the fledgling Ph.D. program to include degrees in five new areas: bio-molecular science; biosystems and biodiversity; earth, space and physical science; evolution and behaviour; and theoretical and computational science. The university is home to the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, a world-class facility where Canada’s leading behavioural neuroscience group sheds light on the relationships between brain and behaviour.


The University of Lethbridge provides special first-year bridging programs for Aboriginal students. The University of Lethbridge’s Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program with Red Crow Community College was developed in partnership with specific Aboriginal communities to meet specific needs within Aboriginal communities.[6]


The university has strong research programs and is internationally recognized in the sciences.[7][8] It pursues collaborative research with two federal agriculture research centres in Lethbridge. Faculty members participate in a number of national networked centres of excellence and other collaborations in a wide range of fields. The university’s infrastructure in the sciences and information technology is accessible to undergraduate students.

In 2005, the United Nations named the University of Lethbridge the Canadian Centre of its Water for Life decade (2005–2015) in recognition of the leadership role the institution has taken in water research. Consequently, the Alberta Water and Environmental Science Building (AWESB) was built on campus to facilitate the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments (WISE) initiative.

In 2012, the University of Lethbridge was named "Research University of the Year" in the Undergraduate category.[9]

Faculties and schools

Students' Union building at University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge offers over 150 degree programs. It has six faculties and schools that administer its bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers 9 pre-professional programs in dentistry, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, nutrition and food sciences, optometry, social work, and veterinary medicine.


The University of Lethbridge was ranked 3rd in Canada in the Primarily Undergraduate category in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Macleans University Rankings.[10]


The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Lethbridge Pronghorns, formerly known as the Chinooks. They have men's and women's teams in basketball, ice hockey, judo, rugby union, soccer, swimming, and track and field. However they lack teams in the sport of volleyball.The Pronghorns have won national championships in men's hockey (1994) and women's rugby (2007,2008,2009[11]). The university has an intramurals program.

The home arena for the Pronghorns is First Choice Saving Centre. The new gym includes three full size basketball courts, an indoor track field, a rock-climbing wall, and an exercise room. The construction was finished in 2006 and is open to public on the membership basis.

An outdoor stadium, uLethbridge Stadium, is situated in the south of campus and was opened in fall of 2009. The uLethbridge Stadium is the home for Pronghorns soccer teams and the women's rugby team.

The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery has one of the largest collections in Canada of 19th and 20th-century Canadian, American and European art, with over 13,000 pieces including drawing, print making, painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

The previous director, Jeffrey Spalding, spearheaded this nationally renowned art collection. Josephine Mills was appointed Director/Curator of the Art Gallery in 2001 and maintains a strong exhibition, publication and research program.

The collection quickly outgrew available archiving and storage space, so a new building was completed in 1999 to house large works. Additional renovations were made in 2000 and 2003 to update a study area for the collection and an incoming/outgoing art handling area.

In 2006, a comprehensive registration database was made available online of the University of Lethbridge collections.

Lineage and establishment

University of Lethbridge
Chancellor Term start Term end
Louis S. Turcotte 1968 1972
James Oshiro 1972 1975
Van E. Christou 1975 1979
Islay M. Arnold 1979 1983
William S. Russell 1983 1987
Keith V. Robin 1987 1991
Ingrid M. Speaker 1991 1995
Robert Hironaka 1995 1999
James D. Horsman 1999 2003
Shirley DeBow 2003 2007
Richard Davidson 2007 2011
Shirley McClellan 2011 2015
Janice Varzari 2015
President Term start Term end
Russell J. Leskiw (acting) 1967 1967
W.A.S. "Sam" Smith 1967 1972
William E. Beckel 1972 1979
John H. Woods 1979 1986
Gerald S. Kenyon (acting) 1986 1987
Howard E. Tennant 1987 2000
William H. Cade 2000 2010
Michael J. Mahon 2010

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