Algoma University

Algoma University | Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. | Founded 1964


Algoma University students

Algoma University is one of the smallest universities in Ontario, a fact it proudly embraces. The campus in Sault Ste. Marie originally offered programs as an affiliate college of Laurentian University. In 2008, it received official university status and now offers dozens of undergraduate degree programs with class sizes capped at 75 students. “Algoma provides students a unique opportunity to shape their own undergraduate experience,” says president Craig Chamberlin, adding that the small size makes it easier for students looking “to participate in faculty research, study abroad and student government.” The campus has undergone an extensive renewal, with a new bioscience building and 96 new residence rooms. Algoma’s athletics complex, the George Leach Centre, underwent a multi-million-dollar expansion last year. The Soo, as it’s known colloquially, is located in northern Ontario and is well-served by airlines and buses. In addition to the main campus, there’s the Downtown Student Centre, which includes a residence that’s popular with upper-year students.

READ: The low-down on Algoma straight from a student

Standout Programs
• Community Economic and Social Development: The program integrates disciplines including social work, sociology, geography and economics. Students complete a 150-hour placement in third year and a 300-hour placement in fourth year.
• Biology: Explores such areas as animal/plant biology, ecology, human biology, cell biology, genetics and evolutionary biology. Students become well-versed in the use of the scientific method, as the program takes a problem-solving approach to the sciences. Students also have the opportunity to design, research, and conduct their own thesis experiment in fourth year.
Anishinaabemowin: This is the only degree in Canada in the Ojibwe language of Anishinaabemowin. The program offers basic- to advanced-level instruction and also examines social structures and values within the Anishinaabe society.

Cool Courses
• Philosophy of Rock and Roll: This course examines the philosophical themes and context of rock ’n’ roll since the early 1950s. Students critically examine the philosophical messages in rock ’n’ roll and their connection with the core branches of philosophical thought.
Speech Writing and Public Speaking: Students learn the art of writing speeches and practise public speaking. Various kinds of speeches and presentations, including after-dinner speeches, proposals, and public speaker introductions, are practised and delivered to the in-class audience.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 70%
$7,064.10 Full-time: 1,151
Part-time: 414
211 (140 reserved for first years)

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