A students’ council has existed at Mount Royal for over 100 years now, since the time the institution opened its doors in 1910

This makes us the second oldest student government in Alberta. In the 1960s, Mount Royal Junior College became a public post-secondary institution. The students decided to officially incorporate under the Alberta Societies Act and, in 1967, the Students’ Association of Mount Royal College (SAMRC) was born.

In September 2009 Mount Royal College officially became Mount Royal University, and following that the Students’ Association of Mount Royal College became the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU).


We remain as committed to student life today as we were at our humble beginnings.

Today, we have over 12,000 members, 14 Governors,  4 full-time, elected employees on the student Representation Executive Council (REC), between 20-30 full-time staff, roughly 60 part-time staff, more than 300 volunteers each year, and an annual operating budget of over $8.1 million.

SAMRU has an excellent reputation among its peers nationally and locally — a reputation that has been earned through its long-standing and active commitment to improving the quality of life of Mount Royal students as well as advocating for the best interests of all students.

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