Aurora College: Maclean's College Profile

Aurora College

Aurora College | Fort Smith, N.W.T. | Founded 1968


Aurora College Maclean's Profile

Aurora College has three campuses, the largest of which is Thebacha in Fort Smith, situated on the edge of the Slave River, with about 300 full-time students. Also the most southerly campus, it is near the Alberta border and Wood Buffalo National Park. The most northerly campus, Aurora in Inuvik, has about 150 full-time students. The Yellowknife campus, also known as the North Slave, has about 200 full-time students and is the site of the college’s bachelor of nursing program, offered in partnership with the University of Victoria. Aurora also has 23 community learning centres throughout the Northwest Territories.

The majority of its students identify as Aboriginal, and come from remote communities. Aurora offers more than 35 certificate, diploma, upgrading, and apprenticeship programs in a diverse range of areas designed to respond to the labour needs of the territory. Areas of study include office administration, oil burner mechanic, environment and natural resources technology, and Aboriginal language and cultural instructor. Aurora also offers a four-year bachelor of education degree in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan.

The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) aims to respond to the economic and social needs of N.W.T. residents while integrating Indigenous knowledge. It focuses on applied research in agriculture, environment, health, and information technology.

READ: Aurora College has produced a chilling map of violence against women in the N.W.T.

The Aurora campus offers limited residences for single students and students with families, with priority given to students in certain programs.

Tuition (f/t degree) Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate) Students direct from high school Residence spaces
$3,855 $2,570 $2,570 15% 331


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