Canadian University College is an independent publicly funded university located in Lacombe. It is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada and is affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools. The school's official mission statement is to educate learners to think with discernment, to believe with insight and commitment and to act with confidence, compassion, and competence. The college places emphasis on service in local and global communities.
Canadian University College traces its roots to the first Seventh-Day Adventist secondary school in Alberta, established in 1907 in Leduc. In 1909, a site outside Lacombe was chosen. In 1919, the school became a junior college. In 1947, it began its first four-year program in theology and adopted the name Canadian Union College. In 1997, CUC's name was changed to Canadian University College. It and the nearby Hamlet of College Heights was annexed by Lacombe in 2000.
Canadian University College offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees, Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA), a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. Degrees are approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) and the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education. Areas of study include Adventure Based Counselling, Behavioural Science, Biology, Business, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, English, General Studies, History, International Studies, Music, Outward Pursuits, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Wellness Management.
Affiliated with Canadian University College and operating on the same campus, are Parkview Adventist Academy (a boarding school for grades 10-12), an elementary school, a La Sierra University extended campus program offering a Master of Arts degree from the La Sierra University School of Education, and an Andrews University extended campus program offering a Master of International Development Administration.