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. Students enjoy a student-faculty ratio of just 14 to 1. 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. “Algoma University is a really special place,” says president Celia Ross. “Our undergraduate focus and the location of our site provide unique learning opportunities for students. Students graduate from Algoma with curricular and extracurricular experiences that prepare them for success in their future.” The campus has recently undergone an extensive renewal, with a new bioscience building and a new 96-room dormitory. Algoma’s athletics complex, the George Leach Centre, underwent a multi-million-dollar expansion two years ago. The Soo, as it’s known colloquially, is in northern Ontario and is well-served by airlines and buses. In addition to its main campus, Algoma also offers degree programs in Brampton and Timmins.

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

Standout Programs

•  Business Administration: In this four-year bachelor program, students get lots of opportunities to interact with business professionals in the area, learning how to develop strategies to improve production and efficiency, while gaining valuable business connections.

  Social Work: Responding to Algoma’s location in northern Ontario and its mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning, this program has a specific focus on multicultural social work with northern, rural, remote, Indigenous, and Franco-Ontarian communities.

•  Biology: Work study positions and summer jobs give students in this program the opportunity to work alongside faculty doing research, and in some cases, receive a co-author credit on peer-reviewed publications.

Cool Courses

Science Fiction: This course offers a historical and critical study of science fiction, from its nineteenth-century roots to the present day. Focusing on writers such as Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Phillip K. Dick, William Gibson and Margaret Atwood, students consider issues such as the place of science in society, the ethical and environmental questions that scientific advances pose, and how science fiction functions to raise questions about the values of our society and our scientific advances. 

Music as Culture II: Native Music: This course studies Native culture through the prism of music, where sound, art, politics, social relations, myth, philosophy, and religion intersect. An overview of native music in North America is followed by a general survey of Canadian native musical styles.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 70%
$6,847 Undergraduate: 1,415
Graduate: 0
217 (141 reserved for first years)

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