Small University, Big Education

  • Incorporated as Algoma University: 2008, previously affiliated with Laurentian University since 1965
  • Total number of Algoma University graduates since granted independence: 1,825
  • Number of faculties: 3
  • Number of academic departments: 12
  • Number of academic programs: 35
  • Full-time faculty: 60
  • Research institutes: 3
  • Student population: 1,440, with a 10 per cent aboriginal student population
  • Residences: 3
  • Residence beds: 277
  • Percentage of international students: 22 per cent
  • Students employed on campus: 55
  • Student employment ratio: 88.5 per cent within six months of graduation, 90.8 per cent within two years of graduation
  • Student-athlete/student ratio: 1/20
  • Distance from US border: 1km
  • Extension programs:
    1. Brampton, ON. BBA program
    2. Timmins, ON. BSW through community development program

Algoma University is located in the heart of the Great Lakes in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. With under 1,600 students, we are the smallest university in Ontario and the only post-secondary institution in the province strictly for undergraduate students.

Established in 1965 as Algoma University College, an affiliate of Laurentian University, we have been educating the people of Northern Ontario for over 50 years. In 2008, we were granted our charter, becoming an independent degree-granting institution.

We offer over 30 different academic programs, spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. All of our programs offer undergraduate research opportunities and hands-on learning. Classes are capped at 75 students, even in first year, meaning that you have more one-on-one interactions with our knowledgeable and caring faculty. Our faculty will know you on a first name basis and will work hard to make your dreams a success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Personal attention and a commitment to your success are the cornerstones of an Algoma degree.

As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG), we have a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) populations and other communities in Northern Ontario. Over 13 percent of our students self-identify as Anishinaabe, and another 27 per cent come from outside of Canada, giving Algoma U the most diverse campus in Ontario. We embrace and foster diversity and value differing perspectives.

We also offer satellite programming in both Brampton and Timmins, Ontario.