Top-Rated Colleges in Alberta

Are you searching for the list of best colleges in Alberta, Canada? Do you want to pursue a job-oriented diploma, certificate or Bachelor’s Degree program from a top college in Alberta? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best colleges in Alberta, Canada.

Best colleges in Alberta

In this post, readers will find the following details – list of top-rated colleges in Canada, type of the college, location/city, programs offered by the college & additional information. In short, after going through this post, readers will be able to find an ideal college.

Also check –

Best colleges in BC

Best colleges in Manitoba

Best colleges in New Brunswick

Best colleges in Ontario

Best colleges in Quebec

Best colleges in Saskatchewan


Students from Alberta, other parts of Canada as well as international students will benefit from this post. The main aim of this post is to simplify your college-selection and admission process. The colleges listed in this post fare well in areas such as – affordability, quality of education, quality of faculty, job placement and other such parameters.


Let us check out the list of best colleges in Alberta now. Here it is –


List of top colleges in Alberta, Canada

Sr NoName of the collegeType of the collegeCity
1Banff CentrePublicBanff
2Bow Valley CollegePublicCalgary
3Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyPublic
4Alberta Bible CollegeNon-profit
5Rocky Mountain CollegeNon-profit
6Victory Bible CollegeNon-profit
7Alberta University of the ArtsPublic
8Alberta Ballet School
9Clearwater CollegeNon-profitCaroline
10CFI Flight AcademyFor-profitClaresholm
11NorQuest CollegePublicEdmonton
12Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyPublic
13CPA Western School of BusinessNon-profit
14St. Stephen’s CollegeNon-profit
15Taylor College and SeminaryNon-profit
16Vanguard CollegeNon-profit
17Keyano CollegePublicFort McMurray
18McMurray Aviation
19Northwestern PolytechnicPublicGrande Prairie
20Portage CollegePublicLac La Biche
21Lethbridge CollegePublicLethbridge
22Medicine Hat CollegePublicMedicine Hat
23Olds CollegePublicOlds
24Red Deer PolytechnicPublicRed Deer
25Rosebud School of the ArtsNon-profitRosebud
26Peace River Bible InstituteNon-profitSexsmith
27Northern Lakes CollegePublicSlave Lake
28Montair Aviation – AlbertaSpringbrook
29Synergy Flight Training Inc. – Spruce GroveFor-profitSpruce Grove
30Cypress College – TaberFor-profitTaber
31Lakeland College (Alberta)PublicVermilion
32Absolute AviationFor-profitWetaskiwin


Different types of colleges in Alberta

Colleges in Alberta, Canada can be classified into the following main types – public colleges, for-profit colleges and non-profit colleges. This classification has been made on the basis of ‘ownership’ of the college. In this post, I’ve included all these different types of colleges. The type of each college has been mentioned against its name in the table provided above.


College vs University in Canada

In Canada, colleges generally offer 1-, 2- or 3-years long diploma and certificate programs. On the other hand, Universities in Canada offer 4 years long Bachelor’s Degree programs as well as other advanced Degree programs (like Master’s Degree). However, colleges in Canada too are known to offer 4-year long Bachelor’s Degree programs now.


Courses/Programs offered by colleges in Alberta

Colleges in Alberta, Canada is known to offer the following types of courses or programs –

  • Certificate courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Bachelor’s Degree courses


Depending upon the type of the program and the college, the duration of the program could be anywhere between 1 to 3 years. In case of Bachelor’s Degree program, the duration of the program is 4 years.


Is college education affordable?

When compared to a university, college education in Alberta is much more affordable. Students may make use of financial aid (such as grants, scholarships or student loans) to ease finance-related issues/problems.

Arun Kallarackal
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