Algoma University

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

Algoma University students in a canoe

(Courtesy of Algoma University)

Algoma University is an undergraduate-only institution offering 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 when it comes to employment or grad school.

“Algoma University is proud to provide students with a truly transformative experience,” says president Asima Vezina. “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.” The main campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, or “the Soo,” 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.

This year, the SpeakEasy campus pub is being renovated, and a major expansion of the School of Computer Science and Technology will result in modernized labs and increased capacity for growing enrolment. Algoma also offers degree programs in Timmins and Brampton. The Brampton campus recently unveiled new classrooms and labs, and development is under way for a new Centre for Social, Cultural and Economic Innovation. 

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Standout Programs
Environmental Science: Drawing on the natural setting, this program offers state-of-the-art labs, industry internships and opportunities to work with experts in the field.
• Health Science: This multidisciplinary certificate program offers a range of courses—in biology, psychology, philosophy and sociology—that allow students to customize their studies for specific career goals.
Business Administration: This program, which includes accounting, economics and marketing options, lets students focus their studies in various fields.

Cool Courses
Racialization, Migration and Identity: Study the social history of Canada’s immigration practices and how they shaped a nation.
Special Topics in Biology I: Science of COVID: Content varies from year to year, depending on the latest research and faculty expertise.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,220 · Part-time: 320
International Students: First-year: 52%
Male-female ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 85 (216 last year with 96 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $9,460 · Apartment-style: $5,660

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