Algoma

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

(Photograph by Chris Donovan)

Algoma University is an undergraduate-only institution, offering degrees in more than 30 programs, including environmental science, business and studies in Anishinaabemowin. 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 when it comes to employment or grad school. “Our approach to education, undergrad research opportunities, relevant programming and our role in cultivating cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities prepares our students to tackle the most pressing issues of our time,” says president Asima Vezina.

The main campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, surrounded by natural beauty in the heart of the Great Lakes. Students can participate in clubs, intramural activities and varsity sports. The campus features centres for international students (the Globe) and Indigenous students (Anishinaabe Student Life Centre). The Experiential Learning Hub is a collaborative space that focuses on research and innovation and helps students build the skills employers seek. A major expansion of the School of Computer Science and Technology has modernized labs and increased capacity.

This year, Algoma is developing Mukwa Waakaa’igan, a cultural welcoming centre dedicated to teaching, learning and reconciliation. Algoma also offers degree programs in Timmins and Brampton. The Brampton campus recently unveiled new classrooms and labs, and development is underway for a new Centre for Social, Cultural and Economic Innovation.

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Standout Programs
Computer Game Technology and Creative Arts: This computer science specialization is designed for students interested in the artistic aspects of computer games. It includes courses in English and fine arts.
• Health, Wellness and Addictions: This program considers individual, community and historical perspectives with a focus on the needs of northern Ontario.
• Aviation Management: Offered by the School of Business and Economics at the Brampton campus, this specialization offers flight and non-flight options.

Cool Courses
Science Fiction and the Environment: Climate Fiction: Students look to science fiction to consider environmental changes and possible solutions.
• Indigenous Archaeology: Topics include decolonization of archaeology and holistic and Indigenous perspectives of history.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$6,781
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,758 · Part-time: 327
International Students: First-year: 72%
Male-female ratio: 47 to 53
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 217 (90 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $8,280 to $10,210 · Apartment-style: $5,560

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