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Bring your whole self to university


With over 100 years of history, Mount Royal continues to build upon its tradition of providing an exceptional undergraduate experience. In addition to innovative programs taught by passionate professors in small class sizes, we offer unique programs, supports and cultural experiences for Indigenous students. We are committed to the work of Indigenization and decolonization and recognize and respect the diversity of all Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Where the rivers meet

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which we now call the City of Calgary, also home to the Métis Nation.

Check out our campus

Mount Royal campus pairs the atmosphere of a small town with the amenities of a big city so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Study in our state-of-the-art Riddell Library and Learning Centre, join a student club, find your fit at MRU Recreation and more.

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Be bold.

Be inquisitive.

Be transformed.

MRU is a welcoming community of professors, students and alumni who are making a difference in Calgary and beyond. Discover stories about ground-breaking research, landing dream jobs, succeeding in the face of adversity and everything in between.


MRU's Indigenous community inspires

Sofia Baptiste, wearing a jingle dress, hand raised in the hair in front of a mural of many dots arranged in a circle.

Sofia Baptiste

Anthropology student & jingle dress dancer

Powwow dancing and Indigenous ways of knowing helped Sofia Eaglehead Baptiste connect with her roots.

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Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD, assistant professor at MRU.

Gabrielle Lindstrom

Assistant professor of Indigenous studies

Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD, advancing Indigenous worldviews through community-based research and teaching.

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Samuel Metacat-Yah looking out over a river and fiery sunset.

Samuel Metcat-Yah

Bachelor of Science — Environmental Science (2023)

Environmental science allowed Samuel Metacat-Yah to combine his aptitude for science with his strong connection to the land.

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Become a Mount Royal student

From preparing to apply for a program to getting ready for your first day on campus, learn everything you need to know about starting your MRU journey.


you apply

your program

Our innovative and student-focused programs are taught by passionate professors in small classes to set the foundation for your future. Find the program that's right for you.

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When you apply to MRU, there are both general and program-specific admission requirements you must meet depending on your chosen program(s). Get familiar with applicant categories, admission requirements, competitive admission averages and more.

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Explore tuition & costs

Estimated student expenses for an academic year (8 months)

Tuition/fees (based on 10 courses) 1 $8,600
Books and supplies $1,500
Residence/rent 2 $6,356 – $9,006
Living expenses and spending money $4,700
Transportation Calgary Transit U-Pass included in fees
Total for students $21,156 – $23,806

1 Based on 2023/24 fees. Additional fees may apply for specific programs.

2 Based on 2023/24 Residence fees. Not including Indigenous Housing Program bursary. Cost can vary based on circumstance, from living at home to shared accommodation with multiple roommates to independent apartment living.

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Indigenous University
Bridging Program

Need to upgrade your courses and/or boost your grades? The Indigenous University Bridging Program (IUBP) offers three levels of study to help you prepare for admission to your intended MRU undergraduate program. Benefit from advanced academic upgrading, university preparation courses and Indigenous cultural content. You’ll also be supported by the Iniskim Centre with tutorial services, academic and personal advising, social events and visits from community members.

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Attend an
information session

Register for a session with an admissions and recruitment specialist to learn more about MRU programs, the admission process and student life.

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Applications for MRU’s fall semester open Oct. 1.

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Did you know?

When you apply to Mount Royal, you can select two programs with just one application.

Adding a second program to your application, such as an alternative entrance option, is always a good idea.

Early admission

Mount Royal’s early admission is open from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1. Every application received during this time is reviewed equally and all competitively qualified candidates will receive an offer of admission. Essentially, all applicants are treated as though they submitted their applications on the same day.

Once early admission is over, applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis in the order they are received until a program is declared full. Waiting too long means your program of choice may not be available.


Admission dates & timelines

Early admission
Oct. 1, 2023 – Feb. 1, 2024
Applications continue to be accepted beyond this date for most programs based on space and availability.
Within one week of application Receive acknowledgement email with an MRU student ID number
Feb. 1, 2024 Application and supporting documentation deadline for some programs
Nov. 1, 2023 – Aug. 31, 2024
Application assessed by MRU
Nov. 1, 2023 – Aug. 31, 2024
Receive conditional admission offer
Within two to three weeks of offer Accept your admission offer and pay the $425 tuition deposit
Aug. 1, 2024 Final, official transcripts and documents due
Aug. 14, 2024 Tuition and fees due
Sept. 5, 2024 First day of classes

on campus

Photo of an apartment style suite in Mount Royal's West Residence.


Mount Royal Residence is a great way to become part of a vibrant community, reduce time spent commuting and take your academic success to a higher level.

Live on campus
Three students hanging out in Mount Royal's West Residence

Housing Program

Run by the Iniskim Centre, the Indigenous Housing Program provides cultural and academic supports and affordable individual and family units for students who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, Non-status or Inuit. Participate in monthly events, meetings, cultural celebrations and ceremonies.

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Indigenous funding


If you are a sponsored student and have been approved to have your tuition and mandatory fees billed to a third party (employer/sponsoring agency - Advancing Futures/Band), please ensure all proper documentation is forwarded to Financial Services before each fee deadline.

Student sponsorship

Scholarships and bursaries

Mount Royal offers hundreds of awards based on academic success, your financial situation and extracurricular participation. Accepted Indigenous students are eligible for both general and Indigenous-specific scholarships and bursaries.

Apply for scholarships and bursaries from Nov. 1 to March 1.

Apply for awards

Student loans

If you are receiving Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada/Band Funds, you can still apply for Government Student Loans should you require additional funding. For residents of Alberta, you can apply for government loans online at studentaid.alberta.ca. If you live outside of Alberta, look into applying for student loan assistance from your home province or territory.

Financial aid

and services

Iniskim Centre — Indigenous student support centre

The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while also raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures.

With any program you choose, the Iniskim Centre helps you prepare to succeed in your academic pursuits and future career.

Our dedicated staff encourages you throughout your program of study, providing resources such as academic and cultural support, academic advising, writing support and scholarship information.

The work of indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal bears importance for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students across campus. We continue to build a respectful and inclusive learning environment, with support services and resources, that fosters a sense of belonging among Indigenous students.

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Additional resources

Academic advising

Your advisor will help guide you as you choose your courses.

New Student Orientation

Take part in a campus tour and workshops that will set you up for success from day one.

Indigenous Student Success

Get support through a selection of workshops and drop-in support services, including tutoring, writing and studying workshops, and mentorship opportunities.

BMO Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program

Partner with a mentor to hone your academic skills through education, culture, community and wellness.

The Medicine Trail Program, Naato'ohsokay

Provides cultural support and guidance by connecting you with wisdom keepers, Elders and resources.

Student Portal

Create a Future Student Portal account to keep track of all things admission at MRU. With an account you can:

  • Sign up for info sessions, events and one-on-one admission planning meetings
  • Check your application and transcript status
  • Receive your admission decision
  • Keep track of your conditions for final admission if conditionally admitted
  • View your deposit deadline
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Admission status

After you have submitted your application, you can use your Future Student Portal to check on the status of your application at any time.

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Transcript status

Use your Future Student Portal to check on the status of your transcript and any other required documents. You can also find the date when your final/official transcripts and documents are due.

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Conditions of admission

If you have received a conditional offer of admission, your list of conditions can be found on your Future Student Portal. Keep an eye on deadlines and ensure you meet your conditions for final admission.

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Admissions & Recruitment

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Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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