Olds College is the largest agricultural college in Alberta. It is more than a century old, and maintains the small class sizes and hands-on training it has had since the college opened in 1913. The majority of its approximately 1,400 students attend the main campus in the town of Olds, while the remainder study at its Calgary site, which is home to the school’s Fashion Institute.
Olds’s extensive learning facilities include the new Olds College Smart Farm—a “farm of the future” that uses the latest technologies to improve productivity while using resources sustainably. The 2,000-acre farm is home to 160 cows and 120 sheep, as well as the Smart Ag Innovation Centre, which houses and analyzes data from the farm.
Applied research in agriculture, horticulture, and land and environmental management takes place at the Olds College Centre for Innovation. It incorporates four full-scale laboratories and specialized facilities like the Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production, as well as 25 acres of botanical gardens and constructed wetlands.
Students can opt to live on the main campus in either the townhouse-style College Courts residences that accommodate up to four people per unit, or the new Centennial Village residence. Its 450 single rooms have double beds, and private showers and washrooms. Communal spaces include a fitness centre and a large student lounge with a fireplace and big screen TV.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-graduate)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$5,450||$5,200- $13,478||$2,900-$5,940||$5,450||Yes|
- Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management: This program provides hands-on training in researching and developing recipes, along with sourcing locally grown ingredients.
- Bachelor of Applied Science—Golf Course Management: In Canada, this degree is the highest level of education you can achieve in turfgrass management. Students learn to manage a golf course’s complex ecosystem.
- Precision Agriculture—Techgronomy Diploma: This new program prepares graduates for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy and technology.
- Agricultural Management
- Animal Health Technology
- Horticulture Technologist
- Land and Water Resources
- Business Management