Athabasca University was established in 1970 as a traditional campus institution, but the idea of turning it into a distance university surfaced only two years later. By 1973, AU's first course - World Ecology - was offered, and two students graduated in the schools' first convocation in 1977.
By 1984, the university had outgrown its Edmonton location and was relocated to the Town of Athabasca. Today, the university serves over 40,000 students around the globe in over 100 online and distance learning programs.
The Athabasca campus is primarily administrative, but includes a science laboratory, multimedia lab, permanent collection of Canadian artwork, and the new state-of-the-art Academic Research Centre. To arrange a tour, contact the university at the information above.