Red Deer College

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For 55 years, RDC has been proudly serving its learners and communities. The College continues to grow programs, facilities and opportunities as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. This year, RDC will add seven new programs to more than 100 established programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). RDC educates 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.

The College is expanding its teaching, learning, athletic and living spaces with the additions of the state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, Alternative Energy Lab and construction of a new Residence, which all enhance RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative. Main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. RDC is also proud to serve its Donald School of Business students housed at a downtown campus, located in the Millennium Centre, in addition to housing teaching and learning space at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

Areas of Expertise

1. Our instructors will know you by name, not your student number.
2. At RDC, you’ll get a well-respected education, one you can use right away.
3. We're located in the emerging city of Red Deer; Alberta's third-largest city.
4. Our athletic teams kick butt … whether you’re playing or watching.
5. We have nearly 1.3 million square feet of teaching and learning spaces.
6. You can live on more than KD. In fact, you can go to school, live, eat and play all without breaking the bank.
7. Most of our classes have 40 people or fewer.
8. Our student life rocks! We know there's more to school than textbooks and lectures.
9. We awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships & bursaries last year .
10. We have more than 100 program options. We offer collaborative degrees, applied degrees, certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, graduate certificates, career development certificates and University transfer programs.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:550 bedsLowest: $455Highest: $580
Family:68 bedsLowest: $820Highest: $950

Our Residence is available for single students, families, and students with disabilities.

Off Campus Housing

An off-campus housing registry is maintained by the Students' Association.

Incoming Students

Red Deer College offers a variety of services to help make sure your college experience is an excellent one!

Staff are ready to assist you through the application and registration process before you even set foot on campus. And when you get here, we'll introduce you to the huge variety of student services, student life activities, and our facilities during our New Student Orientation.

Career Planning

RDC is pleased to provide you with Career Counselling services.


Intramural and athletic facilities are available to students. RDC Athletics has 15 teams, with over 180 Red Deer College student-athletes competing in seven sports — basketball, cross country running, curling, hockey, indoor track, soccer and volleyball. Our teams compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA).

RDC Athletic teams and individual student-athletes have impressively won 25 CCAA and 170 ACAC team and individual titles. Our talented student-athletes and coaches have also received countless individual honours, both for academic and sporting achievement.

Community members, organizations, athletic teams and recreational enthusiasts all benefit from the dynamic opportunities in the beautiful and accessible Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The Centre includes an ice arena, performance gymnasium, fitness centre, running and sprint tracks and squash courts.


The Student Life Centre is a central hub for students looking to get involved and meet new people. Called The Living Room, this space supports, engages and challenges students to reach their full potential through participating in a variety of organized activities. It's also a great place just to come in between classes and just relax!


There are a variety of student societies and clubs at RDC, coordinated through the Students' Association. Have an idea for a club that hasn't yet been formed? The Students' Association is always open to new ideas and can help take you through the process to form a new club.

Information Technology

A state of the art Library Information Common opened in 2002. Our Library ensures access to the universe of information and technology. It is a learning centre providing a networked environment and a core collection of more than 130,000 items. The Library is a member of NEOS, a central Alberta library consortium.

As part of Red Deer College's larger Alternative Energy Initiative, the Alternative Energy Lab creates opportunities for alternative energy education and research. The lab assists industry and research, while also providing RDC students with the skills necessary to install, operate, and maintain alternative energy systems.

RDC's Alternative Energy Lab provides an applied research venue, allowing the College to work with and support innovators in the region through research and customized industry training.

The flexible configuration of the lab provides the ability to adapt to new energy systems and technologies as they emerge, ensuring all teaching, demonstration, and research activities are relevant and up-to-date.

RDC's expanded and renovated Makerspace is a place to learn through exploration, innovation, and creation. Use high-tech and low-tech maker equipment, and access materials and machinery required to complete do-it-yourself projects.


Come to The Living Room, where you'll find a variety of cultural activities and groups, supporting RDC's diverse student population.

Special Services

Childcare is available for students with children. Please contact the Child Care Centre at (403) 357-3600 for more information.

Services for students with disabilities include accessible housing, designated parking, special equipment and technology, volunteer helpers, and orientation to the College. For more information, call (403) 342-3165.

International Involvement

Red Deer College's entrance into the international marketplace includes such things as offering programs, courses, curriculum development, and other expertise in foreign countries, recruiting international students, and developing international links. Red Deer College students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs in the United States, Mexico, Kenya, the United Kingdom and other countries. Students can experience a new culture and have the opportunity to study anthropology, native language (Spanish), and history at our campuses in Mexico and Kenya.

Campus Tour

Campus tours and Student for a Day can be arranged through the Student Advising Centre. Call 1-888-732-4630 or e-mail


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Modified on June 21, 2021