Algonquin College: Maclean's College Profile

Algonquin College

Algonquin College | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1967


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Algonquin College was named after the First Nations people who originally inhabited the region. It has three campuses—the main campus in Ottawa, and two additional campuses in Pembroke and Perth. The Pembroke campus has a beautiful natural setting on the banks of the Ottawa River, which is perfect for Algonquin’s outdoor adventure naturalist and forestry technician programs. 

Algonquin College is a member of Polytechnics Canada. A polytechnic is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute. A polytechnic typically has close industry ties, emphasizes applied research and innovation, and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees. Algonquin also offers collaborative degrees as well as 159 advanced diplomas, certificates, and trade and apprenticeship programs. Among its most competitive programs are medical radiation technology, welding and fabrication techniques, music industry arts, and paramedic.

All three campuses have recently undergone expansions and renovations. The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, a cutting-edge trades training centre, opened in 2011 at the main Ottawa campus. In 2012, students at the Ottawa campus welcomed the opening of the Robert C. Gillett Student Commons, equipped with many facilities including ample study spaces and lounges, food service and an employment services centre. 

Areas of applied research at Algonquin include energy, environment, biotechnology, culinary, and information and communications technology. Several specialized applied research centres, including a “Full Spectra Centre” focusing on electromagnetism, provide resources for students and faculty to pursue applied research projects in their fields.

Fall full-time enrolment Tuition (f/t degree) Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate) Students direct from high school Residence spaces
17,033 $8072.58 - $9437.86 $4447.94 - $9447.49 $2286.48 (15-week program) - $4447.94 30% 1038

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