From the time of our first campus — affectionately known as “the barn” — to today's high-tech university grounds, environmentally-friendly buildings and diverse educational offerings, Mount Royal has continually embraced change to meet the needs of the people and community it serves.

Our facilities and programs have expanded greatly since our 1910 founding, but our purpose remains the same — to provide personalized learning that fosters the success and satisfaction of our students.



  • Named for a prestigious new residential development in Calgary, on Dec. 16 Mount Royal College is granted a charter from the Alberta government.
  • Rev. Dr. George William Kerby, a Methodist minister, is named the first principal of the private Methodist institution.


  • On Sept. 5 at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 11 Street SW in downtown Calgary, Mount Royal opens its doors for its first reception and open house.
  • On Sept. 7 classes officially begin. The total enrolment for 1911–1912 is 179 students.
  • The College offers primary and secondary schooling, including courses in commercial and stenographic work, music, fine arts, household arts and physical culture.


  • Start of the First World War. Mount Royal students are called to duty.


  • The First World War Ends. Red crosses are added to the Roll of Honour beside the names of 16 students who did not return from battle.


  • Mount Royal becomes a secondary school of the United Church of Canada.


  • Mount Royal becomes a junior college affiliated with the University of Alberta. It begins offering first-year university transfer courses. The primary school is discontinued and enrolment rises to 382.


  • At the age of 82, Dr. George Kerby retires as principal of Mount Royal and Rev. Dr. John Garden succeeds him. Dr. Kerby dies two years later.


  • An amendment to the junior college charter enables the College to begin offering engineering courses.


  • Veterans returning from service in the Second World War fill Mount Royal's classrooms and Junior College affiliations are extended to American universities, including Oklahoma's petroleum engineering program.


  • Mount Royal's first adult evening and continuing education programs start.


  • The Kerby Memorial Building and the Dr. G.D. Stanley Gymnasium are completed.
  • The Mount Royal Conservatory senior symphony is disbanded to join the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, today's Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • The Business Administration Department of the Mount Royal Junior College is established..


  • Rev. Dr. W.J. Collett becomes principal of Mount Royal.


  • The Reflector, the independent newspaper of Mount Royal's student body, is established.


  • The Kerby Memorial Building is remodeled and a new wing is added. The new addition includes a snack bar, canteen, library, classrooms, science rooms and a student lounge.


  • When enrolment reaches capacity in 1964, the campaign for a new Lincoln Park campus begins. Mount Royal competes with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for the land, the site of an abandoned Second World War airbase on the southwest outskirts of Calgary.


  • On Aug. 30 the provincial government passes the Mount Royal College Act, making the school a public college.


  • The two-year Nursing diploma program begins, the first diploma-based nursing program in Canada.


  • Dr. Walter B. Pentz becomes the president of Mount Royal College.
  • The Students' Association of Mount Royal College (SAMRC) is incorporated.


  • Mount Royal's main campus relocates to Lincoln Park.


  • Douglas M. Lauchlan becomes president of Mount Royal.


  • Dr. Donald N. Baker becomes president of Mount Royal.


  • Nine years after the move to Lincoln Park, Mount Royal re-establishes its presence in the city core with satellite campuses.


  • A $73-million facility expansion is completed and opens a new student residence called East Court, built with prefabricated units that were part of the Lincoln Park Media Village during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
  • Thomas L. Wood is appointed president of the College.


  • City Centre Campus opens in downtown Calgary.


  • The Mount Royal College Foundation, which encourages and supports donor investment in students, is established.


  • Canada's first two applied baccalaureate degree programs are introduced by Mount Royal College.


  • The first Morningside Music Bridge international summer school music program is offered by the Conservatory.


  • Course delivery via the Internet begins with Forensic Health Studies.


  • Mount Royal College opens its third campus, the Centre for Complementary Health Education, on the site of the former Holy Cross Hospital.
  • The College’s athletic program receives the inaugural Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Supremacy Award for 25 years of excellence.


  • Credit enrolment in the fall semester tops 10,000 for the first time.
  • The men's soccer team wins the Alberta College's Athletic Conference Championship for the ninth consecutive season.


  • The Mount Royal women's soccer team wins their fifth consecutive Alberta College Athletic Conference title.


  • The Mount Royal Recreation facility and the East A building open. A $5 million donation from one of Calgary’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, David Bissett and his wife Leslie, establishes the Bissett School of Business.


  • The Bissett School of Business moves to the new East B building.
  • The men's and women's golf teams win the Alberta College Athletic Conference titles.


  • The Centre for Communications Studies (today the Faculty of Communication Studies) officially opens and becomes the most advanced communications training facility in Canada.


  • Construction begins on a new, high-tech and environmentally-friendly learning facility to house Mount Royal’s continuing education programs.
  • The Bachelor of Applied Nonprofit Studies graduates its first class.


  • David Bissett and his wife Leslie donate an additional $7 million to Mount Royal’s Bissett School of Business. Their combined gifts equal an unprecedented $12 million, the largest individual gift to a Canadian college or technical institute.
  • Mount Royal’s first endowed chair — named for former Alberta premier, Ralph Klein — is established in the Faculty of Communication Studies.
  • The Bridge to Canadian Nursing Program, which trains internationally-educated nurses for employment in the Canadian health care system, is launched.
  • The Centre for Continuous Learning opens and is given gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).


  • Mount Royal launches its first independent baccalaureate degree — the Bachelor of Nursing.
  • The Iniskim Centre, designed to foster academic success for Aboriginal students and increase awareness, opens at Mount Royal.
  • Former Alberta premier, Ralph Klein, begins his duties as the first endowed chair in the Faculty of Communication Studies.


  • Five more baccalaureate degrees start in September: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Science.
  • The Centre for Continuous Learning is named the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.
  • The Faculty of Teaching and Learning — unique in Canada — is established.
  • The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning opens.
  • The Criminal Justice Research Lab opens (now called the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research).


  • The Centre for Child Well-Being opens.
  • The June 5 Convocation includes the first 29 graduates of Mount Royal’s own bachelor’s degrees.
  • Mount Royal becomes Mount Royal University. On Sept. 3, the Government of Alberta, on the advice of Minister of Advanced Education and Technology Doug Horner, grants Mount Royal the right to use the name university.
  • Mount Royal's seventh baccalaureate degree — the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems — starts in September.
  • Mount Royal's acceptance as a member of The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) — is announced in November.


  • Mount Royal begins a 16-month celebration of its centennial.
  • The Taylor Family donates $20 million for construction of a new home for the Conservatory and The Bella Concert Hall — the largest single private donation Mount Royal has received in its 100-plus year history.
  • Mount Royal unveils a new logo.


  • Mount Royal's eighth baccalaureate degree — Bachelor of Education, Elementary — is announced in February.
  • Mount Royal's ninth baccalaureate degree — Bachelor of Midwifery — is announced in May.
  • The Mount Royal Cougars join the Canada West Universities Athletic Association as a probationary member.
  • David Docherty, PhD, is installed as Mount Royal University’s ninth president.


  • Mount Royal announces the first cohort of faculty members to be promoted to the rank of full professor.
  • The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is established.
  • The Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP) is introduced.
  • The Child Development Lab opens.
  • The first Talisman Energy Chair of Environmental Sustainability is named.


  • The Institute for Environmental Sustainability is established.
  • Mount Royal announces it has secured funding to construct the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, expected to open in 2017.


  • Mount Royal’s tenth and eleventh degrees are launched: the Bachelor of Child Studies and the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education.