Facts and Statistics

Courses & Programs

Courses: Athabasca University (AU) offers more than 700 individual courses.

Programs: AU offers more than 60 programs at master's, bachelor's, diploma and certificate levels.


  • AU was founded in 1970.
  • The University moved its main campus from Edmonton to Athabasca in 1984.

About Athabasca University

  • AU is Canada's leading university specializing in online and distance education.
  • We are a publicly funded, Alberta-based institution.
  • Some 260,000 students have registered in our courses since our founding in 1970.
  • Students can take a single course or complete a bachelor's or master's degree, certificate, or diploma.
  • Many courses begin at the start of any month. Enrolment is year-round.
  • We have been recognized and awarded for our excellence.
  • We partake in research and scholarship.


Student Numbers 2004 - 2005

Total number of students 31,754
Growth in number of students 31.5% from 00-01 to 04-05
Total undergraduate course registrations * 54,141
Total credentials awarded 1,486

* To get an approximate number of students with a full-load equivalent (FLE) - the workload of a full-time student - divide the number of course registrations by 10.

Students chart

Student Demographics 2004 - 2005

  • Two-thirds of our students were women.
  • The average age was 29, and 44% were under the age of 25.
  • 60% of our program students worked full-time as they studied.
  • 40% of our undergraduate students resided in Alberta, 30% in Ontario, and the rest throughout Canada and the world.
  • 36% of our new undergraduates were visiting students from other institutions.




In 2004 - 2005, AU's operating budget was $79.6 million.

Number of Staff

AU had 1,075 staff as of March 31, 2005.


Public Affairs & Communications - Last Updated July 25, 2006, 09:50:15 MST/MDT