Algoma University

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

Students on the Algoma University campus. (Courtesy of Algoma University)

Students on the Algoma University campus. (Courtesy of Algoma University)

Algoma University is an undergraduate-only institution, one of the smallest universities in Ontario. 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 environmental science, business, and studies in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language. Class sizes are small and 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 beautiful northern Ontario and in the heart of downtown Brampton,” 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 extensive renewal, with a new bioscience building, renovated athletics centre and new centres for international students (the Globe) and Indigenous students (Anishinaabe Student Life Centre).

In 2018, Algoma launched the Experiential Learning Hub, a collaborative space with a focus on research and innovation that helps students build the skills employers look for. The main campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, or “the Soo,” in the heart of the Great Lakes, surrounded by natural beauty. Students can participate in intramural activities, varsity sports, and a variety of clubs. Algoma also offers degree programs in Timmins and Brampton. It is currently expanding programming at the Brampton campus in business and economics, computer science and psychology.

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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.
Computer Science: Working with new technology, students benefit from small class sizes and plenty of one-on-one feedback from the faculty.
Business Administration: With options including accounting, economics and marketing, this program offers students opportunities to focus their studies in a variety of fields.

Cool Courses
Quantitative Management Decision-Making: Examines the role of the manager, considering administrative decisions in both public and private sectors.
Social and Ethical Issues in Business: Explores the role and purpose of ethics in business, using moral reasoning and case analysis.

$6,892 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% ·
Engineering: 70-75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 953 · Part-time: 272
International Students: First-year: 14%
Male-Female ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 216 (96 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,070 to $10,660 · Apartment-style: $5,660

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