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On December 15, 2014 the CUC Board of Trustees approved changing its name from Canadian University College to Burman University. The university is named after Charles A. and Leona Burman the husband and wife team who founded the institution in 1907. Charles A. Burman served as the first and third President (Principal) of the school that would be known as CUC. Leona Burman taught English, science, language, geography, physiology, and acted as school nurse. Both Charles and Leona devoted their entire lives to the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “It was because of their selfless dedication and sacrifice that the first school on this hilltop was established,” said CUC President Mark Haynal. “In every season of their ministry both of these individuals exemplified the mission of our school. They thought with discernment, believed with insight and commitment, and acted with confidence, compassion and competence.”

Burman University will be the school of choice for those students who desire a quality education in a Christian setting that values individual achievement and the spirit of community renewal. Burman University will educate students to think with discernment, to believe with insight and commitment, and to act with confidence, compassion and competence.

Areas of Expertise

Creativity and analytical thinking go hand-in-hand when you consider the talent and experience of the Burman faculty. Small class sizes keep the attention personal and the quality high, and forty-one PhDs will keep you learning at the highest level. Burman is proud to offer Canada's only NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers Education) certified education degree and after-degree program, and the Outward Pursuit program (a diploma and degree based in outdoor education, leading to work in the outdoor industry or as a basic for counselling).

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:Lowest: $1,495Highest: $2,295
Male only:Lowest: $1,495Highest: $2,295
Co-ed:112 bedsLowest: $1,495Highest: $2,295

There are 112 rooms where men and women live on opposite wings of the dorm. A central lobby for students to study and socialize with individuals of the opposite gender. All students living in Lakeview Hall or Maple Hall must choose a meal plan option.

Off Campus Housing

Burman University offers limited student accommodations outside of its residence halls and reserves those units for occupancy by select full-time students. As landlord, the institution reserves the right to accept and place the applicants who best suit the housing units.

Incoming Students

2019 Welcome Back Bash (September 3rd at 5:15pm). Join us as we kick off the school year with food, fun, and prizes! We hope to see all the students, faculty, and staff!

Career Planning

Here at the Sakala Success Centre we can provide assistance in helping you determine your future career, including career testing, resume building assistance, and individualized career counselling sessions.


The P.E. Complex contains a large gymnasium with two regulation sized basketball courts, a swimming pool, and a fitness room. To the west of the complex is the sports field, and to the east (during the season) a skating rink is available. Sports include Acronaires, Men's Indoor Soccer, Women's Indoor Soccer, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Men's Hockey.


Burman University encourages student participation in a variety of clubs and organizations which provides numerous opportunities to trigger intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and leadership development. Visit for a full list of clubs.

Information Technology

The Information Technology Department (IT) exists to manage the campus computer network and all institutionally owned machines; to assist students with accessing the campus network with their personal computing devices; and to deal with all technology-based initiatives on campus. An on-line help-desk solution is available for logging your support requests and finding self-serve solutions.


Campus Ministries (CM) is a student-led organization, coordinated by the University Chaplains Pastor David Benjamin and Pastor Ted Deer. Campus Ministries seeks to provide opportunities in five key areas: Personal Spiritual Growth, Corporate Spiritual Awareness, Corporate Social Interaction, Experience in Service and Experience in Leadership. Visit for more information.

Special Services

Burman University offers a variety of services to students with special needs. The Student Success Centre provides services in counselling, career planning, academic support, and testing. Students with physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities will find the support they need in making accommodations or modifications to their classes in order to be successful. Mature students can also take advantage of the school's GED testing program if they lack university entrance status. The Disabilities Liaison, Crystal Johnson (403-782-3381 ext. 4141) will explain how to document your disability with the University and, if you are a Canadian with a permanent disability, she can help you access Canada Study Grant funds.

Affiliated Institutions

Burman University is affiliated with Parkview Adventist Academy (a Grade 10 to 12 boarding school located on-campus), Loma Linda University through the Marital and Family Therapy Master’s degree program, and La Sierra University extended campus program through the M.A. in Education degree.

International Involvement

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) is a consortium of the 13 Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America, including Canadian University College, and five institutions outside North America. They provide students with the opportunity to study abroad and immerse themselves in the customs, culture, and language of that country. Colleges abroad are located in France, Austria, Spain, Argentina, and Kenya.

Campus Tour

If you are not able to attend a scheduled Burman Experience weekend, come when it’s convenient for you. Schedule a visit, arrange your travel, and we will host you on campus. We'll even reimburse up to $250 (Canadian) for travel costs per student. Email us at

Modified on August 13, 2022