Grant MacEwan College

Grant MacEwan College

Infobox University
name = Grant MacEwan College
former_names = Grant MacEwan Community College

image_size = 100px
tagline = Think MacEwan.
motto = Discendo Floremus (Through learning we flourish)
established = 1971
type = Public degree granting
undergrad = available
postgrad = not available
campus = urban/suburban Multiple campuses
president = Dr. Paul Byrne
chairman = Eric D. Young
city = Edmonton
province = Alberta
country = Canada
free_label = Sports teams
free = Griffins
nickname = The Griffins
affiliations = ACAA, ACCC, CCAA, AACTI,
students = 40,791
staff = 3,794
colours = blue color box|#072B61 & White color box|#FFFFFF
website =|

Grant MacEwan College is an educational institution located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As of 2006, the institution refers to itself in all publicity materials simply as MacEwan without the word college, reflecting a change in direction toward fields normally associated with universities in Canada. MacEwan has four separate campuses throughout Edmonton.

The college was established in 1971, and named after Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan, author, educator, and former lieutenant governor of Alberta. In June 2000, the government of Alberta assumed control of the formerly private Alberta College [cite web
url =
title = Alberta College transfers to public system
accessmonthday = November 4
accessyear = 2007
date = 2000-06-20
publisher = Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology
] and soon merged it into MacEwan.

Grant MacEwan College became an accredited degree-granting institution in 2006 and offers bachelor of arts, nursing and commerce degrees. The college expects to add additional degrees such as music, science, and a bachelor of social work (BSW) by 2008. MacEwan is now the largest College in Alberta.


MacEwan has four separate campuses, each with a different focus. The largest campus is City Centre Campus, which comprises 5 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. Other campuses are located in the neighbourhoods of Mill Woods (South Campus) and West Jasper Place (Centre for the Arts), and at the former Alberta College campus in the downtown core.

City Centre Campus

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 (aka 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, and is reputed to be one of Edmonton's finest facilities. The building was chosen as the host site for Edmonton's new International Basketball League franchise, the Edmonton Chill. [cite web
url =
title = Pro basketball coming to Edmonton
accessmonthday = November 4
accessyear = 2007
date = 2007-09-23
work =
publisher = "Edmonton Journal"
quote = Edmonton Chill to tip off at MacEwan in March 2008
] . The Griffins, MacEwan's athletic organization, compete in intercollegiate sports.

Centre for the Arts and Communication

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.


MacEwan has four schools and faculties: the Centre for the Arts and Communications (which includes the Leslie Nielsen School of Communications), the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, and the School of Business. [cite web
url =
title = Faculties and Schools
accessmonthday = November 4
accessyear = 2007
date =
publisher = MacEwan
] .


MacEwan offers an especially diverse range of courses because it has a legacy as a "community college" offing diplomas, certificates, and applied degrees (typically one or two years), but is now also accredited by the Alberta government to offer four-year degrees in arts, nursing, child care, and commerce. As of 2007, there are 70 programs offered [cite web
url =
title = Full Program List
accessmonthday = November 4
accessyear = 2007
publisher = MacEwan

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

tudent life

MacEwan's sports teams are known as the Griffins. 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.

MacEwan's students' union is called the Students' Association of MacEwan or SA MacEwan for short. The official school newspaper is called "Intercamp".

MacEwan Centre for the Arts campus is located in the Stony Plain neighbourhood of Edmonton. The campus is located on Stoney Plain road, which is not one of Edmonton's favorable locations.


All facts, unless otherwise stated, are from Grant MacEwan College's web site:
* [ Grant MacEwan College]

ee also

*Education in Alberta
*List of universities and colleges in Alberta

External links

* [ Grant MacEwan College]
* [ MacEwan Athletics (Griffins)]
* [ MacEwan Coat of Arms]

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