Mount Royal University

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Coordinates: 51°0′49.09″N 114°8′0.54″W / 51.0136361°N 114.1334833°W / 51.0136361; -114.1334833

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
EndowmentC$99 million[1]
PresidentTim Rahilly
ProvostElizabeth Evans (interim)
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 by Alberta provincial charter by the Arthur Sifton government on December 16, 1910 and officially opened on September 8, 1911.[4] Originally "Mount Royal College", the institution was the brainchild of Calgary Reverend George Kirby (1873-1949) who sought an opportunity for higher education for the benefit of young people from rural homes in the area. The provincial charter as presented in the legislature by R. B. Bennett was titled "Bill 48, An Act respecting the Calgary College", however Premier Sifton, Kirby and others agreed not to use Calgary for the name of the new college.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] A war memorial honour roll is dedicated to Mount Royal alumni who have volunteered for active service in the Canadian Forces.[8]

Mount Royal University was granted university status in 2009 by the provincial government.[9] The university currently offers 12 degrees and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.[10]

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.[11]



  • Faculty of Arts
    • Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies
    • English, Languages, and Cultures
    • Humanities
    • Interior Design
    • Psychology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Bissett 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

Performing Arts Centre[edit]

In July 2015, the $90.5 million Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts (TCPA) was officially opened, accommodating the growing Mount Royal Conservatory, which is a musical conservatoire in operation since 1910 that serves up to 10,000 Calgarians annually. In addition to 43 soundproof rehearsal studios and 6 ensemble suites, the TCPA also houses the 787-seat Bella Concert Hall (opened August 26, 2015), which was designed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects in cooperation with Sahuri + Partners who used a "contemporary interpretation of the rural barn on the expansive prairie of Alberta" in their design.[12][13] The Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts is named after the family name of businessman, philanthropist, and Calgarian Don Taylor who donated $21-million to the project. Additionally, the namesake of the Bella Concert Hall is Mary Belle Taylor, Don Taylor's mother, who was affectionately known as 'Bella.' [14] In addition to its design, the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts is notable for being a LEED Gold certified building and for being highly accessible for users with diverse physical abilities.[15][16] While built with the needs of the Mount Royal Conservatory in mind, the TCPA and its various spaces are considered a community resource.


Mount Royal University officially opened the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on September 7, 2017 replacing the previous library which opened in 1972.[17] The Riddell Library is named after Calgary businessman Clay Riddell who contributed a sizeable donation to the project.[18] 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.[19]

Mount Royal University from across the pond


The Mount Royal University athletic nickname is the Cougars. The Cougars made the transition to the top level of amateur athletics in Canada in 2012 – 2013, moving to the Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) sport conferences.[20] The University supports eight teams competing in men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, soccer and volleyball.[21]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the university include:


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