Olds College is the largest agricultural college in Alberta. It is more than a century old, and maintains the small class sizes and hands-on training it has had since it opened in 1913. The college has also expanded its programming in pace with industry, offering programs beyond agriculture including business, fashion, and food and hospitality. The majority of its approximately 1,400 students attend the main campus in the township of Olds, while the remainder study at the Calgary campus, which is home to the fashion program.
Olds’s extensive learning facilities include greenhouses, botanical gardens, equine and livestock barns on a 2,060-acre farm, home to 160 cows and calfs. Students of the brewmaster program have access to a teaching brewery that produces four commercially branded beers. The Land Sciences Centre, used by horticulture and land and environment students, has an atrium filled with beautiful vegetation. The centre is connected to greenhouses and the Landscape Construction Pavillion, a space for hands-on horticultural learning.
Applied research in agriculture, horticulture, and land and environmental management sectors revolves around the Olds Centre for Innovation (OCCI), which has four full-scale laboratories and specialized facilities including a composting technology centre and biofuel quality laboratory.
Students can opt to live on the main campus in either the townhouse style College Courts residences or the new Centennial Village residence, which features large social spaces and 450 single private rooms with extensive amenities.