Olds College is the largest agricultural college in Alberta and maintains the small class sizes and hands-on training it has had since the college opened more than a century ago. The majority of its approximately 1,400 students attend the main campus in the town of Olds, while the remainder study at the Calgary site, which is home to the school’s Fashion Institute.
The extensive learning facilities include the new Olds College Smart Farm—a “farm of the future” that employs the latest technologies to improve productivity and uses 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, including 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)||$5,950||$5,950||$5,950||$5,950||Yes|
- Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management: Students get hands-on training to research and develop recipes and also source locally grown ingredients.
- Bachelor of Applied Science—Agribusiness: Students with a two-year diploma in an agricultural discipline learn business and management skills for the agricultural industry. In fourth year, they’re mentored by professionals in their area of interest.
- Precision Agriculture—Techgronomy Diploma: Students prepare for careers that require a deep understanding of the relationship between agronomy and technology.
- Agricultural Management
- Animal Health Technology
- Horticulture Technologist
- Land and Water Resources
- Business Management