Life at UAlberta

UAlberta Lingo

Lingo (ling'go): Language that is unintelligible or unfamiliar.

Here's a list of words and terms you may hear around campus and Edmonton!


On Campus

AICT: Academic Information and Communication Technologies is the department that manages information technology on campus, with a Helpdesk to provide technical assistance to students, staff, and faculty.

Atrium: The sunlit Tory Business atrium, which connects the Tory building, Business building, and HUB Mall

Bar None: A high-spirited western hoedown-style dance that began in 1948 and is now held annually, with square dancers, live orchestras, a staged bullfight, and a non-alcoholic saloon

Bears: Refers to the Golden Bears, UAlberta’s men’s athletic teams

Bear’s Den: an online community where you can meet some new people, ask all your questions, debate hot topics, follow our travels with the Road Blog, and meet your future advisors… all before you even come to campus!

Bear Tracks: An interactive web-based service for applicants and students, providing online grade reporting, application status, timetabling, and more

Butterdome: The nickname of the Universiade Pavillion, so named because of its bright yellow colour

CAB: The Central Academic Building, with campus’s largest cafeteria and a spacious first-floor meeting area

CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre: a University-operated office where UAlberta students go for advice on career planning and job opportunities.

CCID: Your Campus Computing ID, which will give you access to campus email and other online services

CJSR: The campus radio station

Gateway: The campus newspaper

Getaway: A humorous, satirical issue of The Gateway that comes out once a year in December

Green and Gold: The official colours of UAlberta, chosen in 1908 (when the university opened) to reflect the colour of the river valley trees during fall at the start of the school year

Guba: The UAlberta Golden Bears' official mascot, “The Great University Bear of Alberta”

HUB: The campus mall, with over 50 services, including restaurants, shops, and student lounges as well as 800 student residence rooms

IC: The International Centre, located in HUB Mall, a great place to stop by to get advice, relax, and socialize

I House: International House, the University residence for Canadian and international students

I Week: International Week, hosted by the International Centre, a weeklong special event featuring guest speakers, performers, and special events

NINT: The National Institute of Nanotechnology, the nation’s flagship centre for nanotechnology research and one of only a few such facilities in the world

ONEcard: The official identification card of the University of Alberta gives students access to campus services and is able to carry a cash balance to use for photocopying and certain food purchases.

Pandas: Refers to the Pandas, the UAlberta women’s athletic teams

Patches: The official mascot of the Pandas

PowerPlant: A popular campus restaurant and lounge, where you can listen to music, eat, play pool, and relax

Quad: A large grassy courtyard in the centre of campus, where students sit outside to study and take part in the many special events that are hosted there

RATT: Room At The Top restaurant and lounge, located on the 7th floor of the Students’ Union building, where you will get a fantastic view of the city and have a good time

Safewalk: Offered by Students’ Union, this service will send two people to walk with you if you do not wish to walk alone after dark on or around campus.

Student ID: A unique ID number given to each UAlberta student

SU: Students’ Union, the representative body for undergraduate students, offers many student services and several retail businesses on campus.

SUB: The Students' Union Building, home to the University Bookstore, RATT, student lounges, restaurants, and more

Tory Turtle: The nickname of the Tory Lecture Theatre on campus, so named because of its shape


Academic Lingo

Department: The basic organizational unit within a faculty that is responsible for a field of study. Example: the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering

Faculty: A formal subdivision within the University whose mission is the administration of programs and courses relating (usually) to common fields of study and academic disciplines. Example: the Faculty of Engineering

Fall Term: The period of the academic year that runs from September through December

Lab: University courses can be composed of lectures, seminars, and labs. The lab portion of a course is when students meet to gain practical, hands-on experience on the course matter (for example, in a computer lab or science lab).

Lecture: University courses can be composed of lectures, seminars, and labs. The lecture portion of a course is when students attend a class where the professor gives a talk on the course subject matter.

Seminar: University courses can be composed of lectures, seminars, and labs. The seminar portion of a course is when students meet for reports and discussion in an area of research under the guidance of a professor.

Spring Term: The period of the academic year that runs from May through June

Summer Term: The period of the academic year that runs from July through August

Winter Term: The period of the academic year that runs from September through April


Around Edmonton

ETS: Edmonton Transit Systems, Edmonton’s transportation system, providing bus and LRT services

Fort Ed: Short for Fort Edmonton, the largest outdoor historic park in Canada, where you can take a trip back in time to explore historic buildings and enjoy the outdoors

Whyte: Whyte Avenue, located in the Old Strathcona historic district, is a very popular area for University students, with unique stores, coffee houses, nightclubs, and pubs.

Jasper (Ave): A well known downtown avenue with trendy shops, restaurants, and pubs

LRT: Light Rail Transit is Edmonton’s subway system, stretching from the U of A to the far north end of the city.

Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market: Open every weekend just off of Whyte. Over a hundred vendors from the city and surrounding areas come to the Farmer’s Market to sell their wares.

See: Free weekly newspaper profiling and reviewing the city’s arts, culture, sports, and night life

Rexall: Rexall Place, a main venue in Edmonton for concerts, NHL hockey games, and other special events

River Valley: The largest urban parkland in North America, surrounding campus with 97 km of trails for biking, walking, running, and cross-country skiing

Vue: Free weekly newspaper profiling and reviewing the city’s arts, culture, sports, and night life

WEM: West Edmonton Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex