Seneca College: Maclean's College Profile

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1967


Seneca College Campus

Contemporary Canadian art lines the hallways at Seneca, part of a collection of more than 200 pieces acquired since the 1970s, just a few years after the college opened its doors. Seneca is now Canada’s largest college, with 100,000 students spread across 10 campuses in Toronto and the region of York.

Seneca’s size is a good indicator of its program diversity. It offers a total of 300 full-time, part-time and online programs, including 14 that lead to bachelor’s degrees and 30 to graduate certificates. Seneca offers suite-style residences at its Newnham and King campuses, housing about 1,100 and 230 students respectively.

Seneca is a member of Polytechnics Canada. A polytechnic is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute with close ties to industry, an emphasis on applied research and innovation, and four-year bachelor’s degrees.

Students with a zest for travel should note that Seneca has transfer agreements with more than 50 local and international schools, including universities in the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and Britain.

One major advantage of Seneca’s size is its resource strength and the industry partnerships it has forged across a huge range of disciplines. Among these are an award-winning research partnership with Mozilla, and a plan to build the first Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre in the province in partnership with Siemens Canada. Ninety five per cent of Seneca’s programs involve some form of experiential learning (co-op, field placements, and on-campus, work-integrated learning). This number is expected to go up to a full 100 per cent by 2017 according to Seneca’s Strategic Plan.

Budding entrepreneurs have access to the Health Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Innovation Xchange (HELIX). HELIX provides mentorship, resources and a cutting-edge incubator workspace.

Aspiring athletes take note: the Seneca Sting is one of the most successful athletic programs in the history of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), having won more than 450 medals since 1967. And the Newnham campus is equipped with a full-size ice rink, soccer field, triple gymnasium, and two beach volleyball courts.

Fall full-time enrolment Tuition (f/t degree) Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate) Students direct from high school Residence spaces
27,500 $6,560 - $11,532 $3,587 - $8,753 $4,125 - $7,895 79.60% 1330

100 words from the president

“Finding your passion. Following a path to a career you love. Being challenged and inspired every day. If is matters to you, it matters to us. Seneca is one of Canada’s largest comprehensive colleges, with 300 programs and 500+ career options. Our degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. We ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready by combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert faculty and the latest technology. Graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to find what matters to you and go wherever you want to go.”

-President David Agnew

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