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Burman University is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA), offering Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) approved bachelor degree programs. We offer over 35 major or track choices in bachelor degree programs in our Division of Arts, Division of Science, School of Business, and School of Education. We are one of 15 Adventist universities in North America, but we are the only Seventh-day Adventist University in Canada. We are sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC).
Western Canada experienced unprecedented growth during the first decade of the 20th century. Immigrants from Europe, the eastern provinces, and the United States followed the railroads westward. The growing population made it necessary to organize the territory into provinces. Alberta gained its provincial status in 1905, and two years later, a group of Seventh-day Adventist laypersons and church leaders established a school for their youth near Leduc, Alberta. Burman University traces its roots to this first Alberta Seventh-day Adventist secondary school.
Overlooking miles of the surrounding countryside and consisting of campus and over 1,200 acres of farmland, the present location of the University on a hilltop in Lacombe, Alberta, was chosen as the permanent site for the secondary school in 1909. This high school has continued to operate until the present and now has the name Parkview Adventist Academy.
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, believe with insight and commitment, and act with confidence, compassion, and competence. Burman University is committed to the ideals and vision found in the teachings of Jesus Christ and therefore holds and models the following values:
Burman University will be committed to excellence. It will prepare its graduates for success in the workplace, graduate studies, and professional schools. Its faculty and administration will value the exploration of new possibilities and potentials. Campus planning will focus on ensuring that facilities and resources provide an environment of excellence. High-quality student life and spiritual programs will encourage strong personal and spiritual growth.
Burman University will be known for its students' high level of service and all other constituents and stakeholders. It will model relationships that are caring and compassionate. Its academic programs and extra-curricular activities will enable employees and students to actively involve themselves in service and mission while at the University and in their future careers.
Burman University will nurture students’ spirituality by engaging them in an unwavering search for a deeper relationship with God. It will be faithful in supporting the mission and beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The University will invite employees and students to find balance in their lives and show their faithfulness to God through personal choices and commitments. It will be a community of worship that will promote healthful living, respect for the environment and a love of God and the Scriptures.
Burman University, its employees, and students will act with integrity. They will be known as transparent and honest in all their dealings and will show intellectual integrity when dealing with complex and challenging issues. Burman University will provide an environment of academic freedom employees, and students will exercise that freedom with responsibility by remaining loyal to the core values of the University.
Burman University will be a community where every person counts. Students will be mentored and supported in their academic, spiritual, social, and physical pursuits on a welcoming, inclusive and safe campus. Faculty and staff will experience a community that encourages personal development and places high regard on teamwork and servant leadership. Students, as well as employees, will have a voice in bringing positive change to the community.

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