Alexander College is a private post-secondary institution serving approximately 4,500 students every year. Alexander College offers a variety of undergraduate degree and transfer programs [see Programs] including University Transfer, Associate of Arts degree and Associate of Science degree. An integrated English for Academic Purposes program is also available to assist non-native English speakers with their transition to university level studies in the English language.
Alexander College is recognized and accredited by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB), BC Education Quality Assurance (EQA) program, and is a participant in the BC Transfer System, organized by the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).
The academic year has four terms: Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr), Spring (May-July) and Summer intensive (July-Aug).
Alexander College strives for excellence in higher education for students from many cultural backgrounds and language abilities by providing internationally recognized university transfer courses and degree programs, individual support services, and campus activities to foster local and global community engagement.
Our name, Alexander College, is from Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the Scottish-born fur trade adventurer and author. Alexander Mackenzie holds a special place in Canadian history. Thus, the name Alexander College is in the spirit of his achievement and vision.
Established in 2006 under the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Alexander College consists of two urban campuses. These campuses are located in Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Alexander College first offered University Transfer and English for Academic Purposes programs. From the beginning, we have designed our programs to help first- and second-year undergraduates achieve success in their transition to the post-secondary environment. This success is facilitated by strong student support and readily available services.
In 2006, Alexander College was approved to offer the Associate of Arts degree and was later approved to offer the Associate of Science degree in 2011. We are continually adding specialty Associate degree concentrations for both Arts and Science. Many students realize that earning Associate degrees helps them transition to university and to working in Canada on a post-graduate work permit with a view to becoming Canadian citizens.
On March 16th, 2020, in concert with all BC post-secondary institutions, Alexander College pivoted to offering all courses virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to offering all courses online, student academic and support services also transitioned to being offered online.
In August 2021 we moved to a larger campus in Burnaby with improved facilities and services. The original plan to open the campus for full face-to-face operations in the Fall 2021 term was compromised by the continuing Covid pandemic. We have now fully transitioned to face to face classes and services but continue to offer a portion of our classes and services on-line for students’ convenience and flexibility.
Alexander College operates two campuses located in the urban centres of Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Alexander College’s Vancouver Campus is located in the centre of downtown Vancouver on the corner of Seymour and Hastings Street. The Vancouver campus is steps away from the major shopping, entertainment districts and major tourist attractions. It’s also one block away from the Vancouver Waterfront Skytrain.