Algoma University

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

Algoma University students

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 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).

Last year, 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 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 School of Business and Economics at the Brampton campus through a partnership with Northern College.

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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.
• Community Development: In this interdisciplinary program, students learn to identify community concerns, and how to foster relationships and partnerships to address those issues.

Cool Courses
• Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Students explore the history of Indigenous peoples and the activism that challenges governments and institutions to decolonize their practices.
Algoma Reads: Students develop their persuasive abilities in writing and classroom discussion as they consider the five novels selected for CBC’s Canada Reads.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70-75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,065 · Part-time: 395
International Students: First-year: 20%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
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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