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    EStd 1964established year

    Red Deer College (RDC) Red Deer Courses, Ranking, Admission Criteria, Fee & Scholarships

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    Red Deer College is a public community college, located in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The college offers a variety diploma, certificate, advance diploma, advanced certificate, applied degrees, academic upgrading, University transfer programs and apprenticeship in more than 100 different career and academic-related programs.

    The College has its affiliations with ACCC, CCAA, AACTI, ACAC and CBIE. In the year 2019 the college also announced a three-year transition process that would help it achieve the name Red Deer University. Red Deer College is also accredited to the RDC Pharmacy Technician program which holds a National Accreditation Red Deer.

    Red Deer College has a total enrollment of 7,500 full and part-time students. Most of the classes at the university have classes with numbers less than 40. Around 2300 students are enrolled in University programs at Red Deer College. The university had offered more than $1,00,000 in student scholarships and bursaries.


    Type of College Public
    Year of Establishment 1964
    Campus Setting Urban
    Total Enrollment More than 7500
    Application Fee (International Students) CAD 200
    Tuition Fee (International student) CAD 8000-CAD 12000
    Financial Aid Available 
    Student-Housing Available
    Language of Instruction English
    Intake Season Spring and Winter
    Test Scores Accepted TOEFL,IELTS,MELAB,CAEL or PTE
    University Website

    Red Deer College Rankings

    • Ranked 6084 in Excellence Rankings in 2020.
    • Ranked 10 in Top 10 Colleges in Alberta by Collegebasic in 2020.
    • Ranked 8 in Alberta’s Best Colleges and Universities by in 2020.

    Red Deer College Campus

    Red Deer College has two campuses - the main campus and a downtown campus. Both the campuses of Red Deer College are located in Red Deer- Alberta’s third largest city. Spread across a total of 290 acres the university campus offers a picturesque ambiance to learn, live and experience.

    There is a dynamic Performing Arts Facilities where students can enhance and perfect their creativity and also participate in different competitions. In February 2019, Red Deer College inaugurated it’s Alternative Energy Lab. The Alternative Energy Lab was set up to create opportunities for Alternative Energy Education and Research. Thousands of studying at Red Deer College will benefit from it. Students studying in the fields of Engineering Technologies, Electrician, Instrumentation and Color Technician, Carpenter will also benefit from this lab.

    Programs Offered at Red Deer College

    Red Deer College offers range of programs at various levels of study. The length of each of the programs offered by Red Deer College differs and varies depending on the area of study from several months to four years. Some of the popular programs chosen by international students are mentioned below:

    • Administrative Professional Certificate
    • Business Administration Diploma
    • Legal Assistant Diploma
    • Early Learning and Child Care Certificate
    • Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

    Residence/Student Housing Facilities at Red Deer College

    Red Deer College offers on-campus housing to its students. The college offers several options for students to choose from which are mentioned below:

    Residence Type $ Term Rent (Per Student) Layout Ideal For
    Four Bedroom Towers $2,240 Apartment Style for four students with kitchen, living room and separate bedrooms.  Students looking for residence with smaller budgets. 
    Four Bedroom Clusters $2,560 Two storey, townhouse style for 4 students with kitchen. living room, separate bedrooms. Students looking for mid-priced residence with storage space.
    Four Bedroom Block $2,760  Split level - Townhouse style with living room, kitchen, separate bedroom and two washrooms. Students who want to give a community feel to their college experience.
    Two Bedroom Cluster $2,800 Townhouse Style for 2 students with kitchen, living room, separate bedrooms and 1 washroom. Students who prefer privacy and quite area.
    Bachelor Unit $2,880 Townhouse Style, self contained unit with small kitchen, washroom, living room and bedroom. Students who prefer privacy.
    Studio Suited $3,180 (standard) - $3,340 (premium) Located in the New Residence Building with studio suite style units. Every bedroom has a separate kitchen and bedroom. Students who want comfort in single accommodations.
    Two Bedroom-Barrier Free $2,800 Large area for two students sharing kitchen, washroom and living area. Access to a wheelchair as well.  For students with mobility impairment and accessibility needs.
    Studio-Suite Barrier Free $3100 Wheelchair accessible studio type for single student with all basic needs For students with mobility impairment looking for single accommodation.

    The residence halls are near to the university campus and thus students can visit the library, athletic ground at any time of the day. The residence halls have resident attendants who provide counseling, regarding career, academics and non-academic issues faced by students. The residence halls accommodate nearly 600 post-secondary students studying at Red Deer College.

    Red Deer College Admission Process

    The university offers various programs for international students. Students who want to seek admissions at Red Deer College can follow the below-mentioned application process:

    How to Apply: Students can apply via the online application form at the official website of Red Deer College.

    Application Fee: Students need to submit a non-refundable application fee of $200 CAD. If the application fee is not paid then the application will not be processed.

    Application Deadline: Since processing of the application for international applications takes time, thus students are advised to begin applying to the university at least four to six months prior to the term of application. Applications will not be accepted after 90 days prior to the commencement of the program.

    Term Application Deadline Document Deadline
    Fall June 15 July 15
    Winter September 15 December 1
    Spring January 31 March 31
    Summer March 30 May 31

    Basic Admission Requirements:

    • Secondary School Transcripts
    • Post-secondary school transcripts
    • Proof of English Proficiency
    • Valid/Study permit

    English Proficiency Requirements

    International students who want to study in Canada need to submit the scores of TOEFL or IELTS as proof of English proficiency. The required minimum scores of TOEFL or IELTS to be eligible to seek admissions at Red Deer College is mentioned-below:

    English Proficiency Exam Required Minimum Score
    TOEFL  83 
    IELTS 6.5
    CAEL 60
    MELAB 77
    PTE 59
    Duolingo English Test 115

    Students can apply for the university for January 2021 for Winter Take. For students, whose high school grades are late can inform their situation to the university and each case will be reviewed individually. In any case, English Proficiency requirements are a must for international students to meet. The college is currently processing applications but may take time for the communication due to Covid. Students who want to contact the admission office can email at

    Red Deer College Cost of Attendance

    The tuition fee for international students enrolling at the university is $1,400. The tuition fee has to be paid to confirm the registration in the program at Red Deer College. Students need to make sure to pay the tuition fee between June 23 to August 14 for the Fall Term. The university accepts partial payment only if the whole tuition fee is submitted by the Fall Term deadline.

    Tuition Fee can be paid via the Loop Account Online, Online Banking, or Interac e-transfer. The fee payment deadline for various terms are tabulated below:

    Term Study-period Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline
    Summer 2020 July - August 2020 July 2, 2020
    Fall 2020 September - December 2020 August 14, 2020
    Winter 2021 January - April 2021 January 4, 2021
    Spring 2021 May - June 2021 May 3, 2021

    Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

    Red Deer College offers several scholarships for international students to study in Canada and people at various levels connected to the college. Of all these awards students are eligible for few of the scholarships which are mentioned below:

    • Entrance Awards and Scholarships: Students who have joined the college in the first year or students enrolled in the university who are changing program and will be considered as a first year student. Students can apply via the General Awards Application by May 31, 2021 for this scholarship.
    • Students who are currently studying in high school and plan to attend Red Deer College next year can apply for the Building Excellence Award and avail upto 85% tuition fee waiver. To apply students need to submit a transcript with detailed academic report for availing the scholarship
    • Current Student Awards Scholarship: Current Students who are enrolled in credit programming are eligible for this scholarship. Students need to fill the General Awards Application in the Loop Account by May 31, 2021.
    • School of Continuing Education Awards and Scholarships: Students who are enrolled in School of Continuing Education Pre-Employment trades program or enrolled in non-credit programming offered by School of Continuing Education are eligible for this scholarship. Students can apply via the online application by May 31, 2021.
    • Athletic Scholarships: This award is for students who are student-athletes and are a part of Red Deer College Athletics Team. The award may be a monetary sum or a recruitment offer. The maximum amount of Athletic Scholarships will be the total tuition fee and compulsory fees for the academic year. Students can apply for Athletic Scholarships via the Student Connect Center.

    Red Deer College Alumni Network

    Red Deer College has a wide network of Alumni who are working in reputable positions. The college has its RDC Alumni Association. Ex-students can update their information on their own on the alumni page of the university. The university hosts several events for the Alumni like Fine Wine and Food Tasting and Take A Seat. Red Deer College offers several benefits to its alumni which are mentioned-below:

    • TD Insurance: Ex-students can avail TD Insurance which provides group home and auto insurance. As an ex-student of Red Deer College students can get benefits like preferred group rates, enhanced coverage, and flexible limits.
    • Library Membership: Ex-students can have Alumni Library Membership and have access to many resources which were available to you while you were a student of the college.
    • Test Center Service: Students can write any exam at the test center and avail $10 discount while the amount for non-alumni students is $65.
    • Fitness Classes: Ex-students or alumni of Red Deer College can have access to fitness classes available to the regular students on campus.

    Red Deer College Students Placements

    Red Deer College offers placement assistance to its students. From resume creation to training students for interviews. The college helps students to find their dream job and updates them with new job postings and vacancies in and around Canada.

    $ 13,3511st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 5,8051st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 15,1291st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 11,0291st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline


    Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com]

    full time | joint_program
    $ 10,4491st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline


    Red Deer College Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $11,029 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $11,029 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals

    College Rating

    Based on 5 Students Rating

    7.9 out of 10
    7.8/10Social Life


    8.7 /10

    I always wanted to study in Canada and I wanted to physics so in order to find the best college I began doing research online and that is how I found about Red Deer College. After going through the course, I decided to apply. Coming from a Science background and having scored a good percentage in my high school, getting admission here was easy. I had paid $200 as application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course covered all the major topics that would be required by us to understand the subject better. Topics like derivative and integrals, higher dimensional geometric spaces using vectors, matrices, dynamic properties of particles, the motion of body and concepts of force, etc were covered.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    6.3 /10

    I chose red deer college for the first two years of my program so that I'd be able to live at home 30 minutes away. The location just worked out too good not to. They also have multiple partnerships with schools that allow them to offer degrees.

    Course Curriculum :

    They stretch out a 2-3 year program into 4 years to capitalize on young people wanting the college experience. The curriculum is relevant for the most part. I am very happy with the program that I chose and the classes that come with it.

    7 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    4 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    Red Deer college offered small class sizes and because of the phenomenal reputation of the bachelor of science in the nursing program. This college offers outstanding instructors and many abilities for support and individual attention.

    Course Curriculum :

    The curriculum is well organized. Some classes should be better structured to reflect the learning students are having in clinical practice.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    8.7 /10

    Coming out of high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I hit a bottom from grade 10 and it affects my attendance which effected my grades. College wasn't something that ran through my mind the two years I was done High School, I worked full time and got my own place. I was happy! My friend wanted to go to college so we applied to Red Deer because it was close to my home and they offered upgrading course and residence!

    Course Curriculum :

    Very fast passed by able to learn and keep up if doing the proper amount of work after class! Being a full-time upgrading student will definitely take a toll on you but if you show up and do at least an hour of outside class review it's easy to manage!

    10 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    It has an excellent learning environment and smaller class sizes. Plus the Red Deer area is gorgeous. It's a cosy college that feels like a large family. There are many events as well for students to take part in.

    Course Curriculum :

    Excellent, I feel as if I am learning so much here. I don't feel like I've wasted any of my time in classes because of the breadth and depth of knowledge that is available in each course. It's at the standard level for universities.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Pharmacy
    • Super Market
    • Hospital
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Red Deer College Bookstore0.03 km
    Chapters - Red Deer1.16 km
    Christian Science Society & Reading Room2.62 km
    Amazing Fantasy2.66 km
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    Sobeys Pharmacy Gaetz South1.21 km
    Piper Drug Store1.25 km
    Millerdale Pharmacy1.81 km
    Red Deer Remedy's RX2.12 km
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    Dr. Eduard Barnard Discovery Interventional Pain Management1.24 km
    Central Alberta Cancer Centre1.72 km
    Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre1.77 km
    Central Alberta Medical Imaging Services1.88 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Bower Centre0.87 km
    Gaetz ave crossing1.03 km
    Bower Place1.26 km
    West Park Shopping Centre1.32 km
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    Super Market

    Sobeys - Gaetz South1.22 km
    West Park Foods1.33 km
    Super Value1.39 km
    Run'n On Empty1.84 km
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    Precision Approach Safety3.87 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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