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MacEwan University is a post-secondary educational institution located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1971 as Grant MacEwan Community College, the institution got its start by offering primarily one and two-year certificate and diploma programs. In 1988 it received approval to offer university transfer credit, and in 1999 dropped the word "community" from its name. In 2005 the institution rebranded itself through the creation of a one-word logo and began referring to itself simply as "MacEwan". Since 2004, MacEwan has offered full bachelor's degrees, and on September 24, 2009, the institution was officially renamed Grant MacEwan University. Since 2012 the university has been actively re-branding itself as "MacEwan University."


Established in 1971, MacEwan University was named after Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan, author, educator and former lieutenant governor of Alberta. MacEwan became an accredited degree-granting institution in 2004 and offers baccalaureate degrees in arts, child and youth care, commerce, nursing, science, communications, psychiatric nursing, and music. The institution expects to add additional degrees in the subject areas of social work and early learning education. Prior to the renaming, MacEwan was the largest college in Alberta, and it remains the largest transfer institution in the province. On September 24, 2009 it became Alberta's sixth university. The City Centre Campus is built on the old Canadian National rail yards on the northern fringe of the downtown core. CN donated the land and construction began in the early 1990s.