Algoma University: Maclean's Profile

Algoma University

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


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Algoma University is an undergraduate-only institution, one of the smallest universities in Ontario. Students enjoy small class sizes and a student-faculty ratio of just 14 to 1. Originally, Algoma U offered programs as an affiliate college of Laurentian University. In 2008, it received official university status and now offers degrees in more than 30 programs, including studies in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language. There are opportunities for students to assist faculty in conducting research and to be published alongside faculty—a strong advantage for undergrads when it comes to employment or grad school. “Algoma University is proud to provide students with a truly transformative experience in the heart of beautiful northern Ontario,” says president Asima Vezina. “Our approach to education, undergrad research opportunities and relevant programming prepares our students to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.” The campus has undergone an extensive renewal, with a new bioscience building, a 96-room residence and a renovated athletics centre. Its location in the “Soo,” as Sault Ste. Marie is known colloquially, places the campus in the heart of the Great Lakes, surrounded by natural beauty. Students can participate in intramural and varsity sports, and a variety of clubs. 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
• Environmental Science: This program draws on its natural setting, offering state-of-the-art labs, industry internships and opportunities to work with experts in the field.
• Community, Economic, and Social Development: This interdisciplinary program includes a focus on northern, rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Students participate in two work placements.
• Business Administration: Students can minor in accounting, economics, human resources management or marketing. The program offers lots of opportunities to interact with local business professionals, learning how to develop strategies to improve production and efficiency, while gaining valuable business connections.

Cool Courses
• The Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation: Examine the connection between radical politics and radical poetics while exploring two movements that resulted in experimental forms of writing and performance.
• Sociology of Music: This course looks at the social nature of music, including social interactions that form the environment in which music is produced, appreciated and used. All types of music are reviewed and studied as social constructs.

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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