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Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University
Mount Royal University Coat of Arms.png
Latin: Universitas Montis Regius
MottoQuam Bene Non Quantum
Motto in English
"How well, not how much."
PresidentTim Rahilly
ProvostLesley Brown
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusLincoln Park Urban,
Springbank Urban
ColoursBlue, Light Blue, White               
AffiliationsAUCC, U Sports, AACTI, CBIE, CONAHEC
Mount Royal University Logo.svg

Mount Royal University (MRU) is a public university in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Mount Royal University was founded in 1910 following a charter by the Alberta provincial government.[4] Mount Royal became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College (MRC) offering transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary.[5] In 1972 Mount Royal moved from several buildings in downtown Calgary to a new campus in Lincoln Park on land previously used as an air force base.[6] A war memorial honour roll is dedicated to Mount Royal alumni who have volunteered for active service in the Canadian Forces.[7]

Mount Royal University was granted university status in 2009 by the provincial government.[8] The university currently offers 12 degrees and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.[9]

In 2017, Mount Royal University was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are leading higher education in the area of social innovation and changemaking.[10]



  • Faculty of Arts
    • Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies
    • English, Languages, and Cultures
    • Humanities
    • Interior Design
    • Psychology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Bisset School of Business
    • Accounting
    • Aviation
    • Finance
    • General Management
    • Human Resources
    • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Social Innovation
    • Supply Chain Management
  • School of Communication Studies
    • Broadcast Media Studies
    • Information Design
    • Journalism
    • Public Relations
  • Faculty of Health, Community and Education
    • Child Studies and Social Work
    • Education
    • Health and Physical Education
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Physics
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Mathematics and Computing
  • Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension


  • Institute for Community Prosperity
  • Institute for Environmental Sustainability
  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • International Education


  • Centre for Community Disaster Research
  • Centre for Child Well-Being
  • Iniskim Centre


  • Trico Changemakers Studio


Mount Royal University officially opened the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on September 7, 2017 replacing the previous library which opened in 1972.[11] The Riddell Library is named after Calgary businessman Clay Riddell who contributed a sizeable donation to the project.[12] The $100 million dollar facility features more than 16,000-square-metres of space, 34 study rooms, 1,700 seats, access to 3D printing, and even a cafe.[13]

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Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the university include:


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  5. ^ Donald Noel Baker, Catch the Gleam: Mount Royal, From College to University, 1910-2009 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011).
  6. ^ Roome, Patricia (September 10, 2009). "Mount Royal University 99 years in the making". The Calgary Journal. In 1972 Mount Royal College moved to the Lincoln Park campus located on the former World War II airfield.
  7. ^ War Memorial Archived 2013-09-23 at the Wayback Machine
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  10. ^ "Mount Royal University joins elite group of 'Changemakers'". Calgary Herald. 24 July 2017.
  11. ^ "The Riddell Library and Learning Centre celebrates its grand opening Sept. 7". News - Mount Royal University. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
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  13. ^ "MRU opens Riddell Library and Learning Centre". News - Mount Royal University. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
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  15. ^ "Our Community Archives - Mount Royal University - Calgary, Alberta, Canada". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  16. ^ Mingo, Rita. "A life of heroes and villains". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  17. ^ "Kent Hehr: The Energizer Bunny who's back in the game -". 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
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  19. ^ "Kirby Morrow". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  20. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies: Olympic Music Director David Pierce". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  21. ^ "Alison Redford: A leader on the brink". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
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