Red Deer Polytechnic

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Red Deer Polytechnic is located in Red Deer, Alberta, halfway between the major centres of Calgary and Edmonton.

Since 1964, when our story began as Red Deer College, our post-secondary institution has proudly served our students and communities.

As of July 2021, our institution name is now Red Deer Polytechnic. In 2018, our post-secondary institution received approval to become a degree-granting institution. Now as a polytechnic institution in central Alberta, we will continue to offer the same breadth of credentials and mix of programs in a variety of subject areas that we currently offer. This means we will continue to offer apprenticeships, certificates, degrees, micro-credentials and degrees.

Areas of Expertise

We welcome you to study with us. We also welcome you to join us as a vibrant gathering place in our community. With two campuses and impressive facilities, Red Deer Polytechnic is an ideal place to learn, work, conduct research and enjoy events.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.

On Campus Housing

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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 Polytechnic 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

RDP is pleased to provide you with Career Counselling services.


Intramural and athletic facilities are available to students. RDP Athletics has 15 teams, with over 180 Red Deer Polytechnic 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).

RDP 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 RDP, 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 Polytechnic'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 RDP students with the skills necessary to install, operate, and maintain alternative energy systems.

RDP's Alternative Energy Lab provides an applied research venue, allowing RDP 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.

RDP'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 RDP'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 RDP. For more information, call (403) 342-3165.

International Involvement

Red Deer Polytechnic'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 Polytechnic 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 April 30, 2024