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Algoma University

1520 Queen Street E
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 2G4
Telephone: 705-949-2301
Toll free: 1-888-ALGOMA-U (1-888-254-6628)

President: Dr. Celia Ross


Algoma University is located in the scenic, lively city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the heart of the Great Lakes along the Canada-U.S. border. While Algoma University was incorporated in 1964, Shingwauk Hall was first established in 1873, as a residential school for First Nations' children. The building and institution is one of the oldest landmarks of Sault Ste Marie.

Algoma offers more than 30 undergraduate degree program options. As a small university, it emphasizes a balance of teaching and research priorities, maintaining small classes to optimize interaction between faculty and students and encouraging regional and Northern development. Algoma’s vision is to be a university of international distinction enriching generations of diverse cultures and communities.

In fulfilling the vision, Algoma strives to serve its community of more than 1,200 students, including more than 15 percent Indigenous, 12 percent international, and 70 percent regional students, through its interactive, learning environment. In addition to the 25:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students embrace all the opportunities of a large campus including research, student advocacy, co-operative education, and exchange programs, while being a part of a learning community that provides every student with an opportunity to be a leader and a part of its community.

Algoma also engages actively in its local community through partnerships and participation with the Innovation Centre, Economic Development Corporation, local Industries, and federal and provincial research facilities.

With its growth in recent years, the university has embraced capital expansion including a new student residence, a new student centre, the new Information Communication and Technology centre, as well as improved state-of-the art wired technology infrastructure.

Year of foundation: 1964
Former name(s) of institution: Algoma College

Student enrolment and fees

2007 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 880
Part-time (undergraduates): 270

* Source: Algoma University

Canadian student fees  2007 - 2008 **
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,486

International student fees  2007 - 2008 **
Undergraduate tuition fees: $10,078

** Source: Statistics Canada
Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Programs and degrees

Note: The program information is compiled by AUCC staff in cooperation with staff at member institutions. The programs are classified according to the Classification of Instructional Programs 2000. To search for the programs offered by this institution, please consult the Directory of Canadian Universities’ programs database online at

Student facilities and services

Academic and campus services
Academic advising, learning centre, writing lab, peer tutoring, special needs office, health and security, walk safe program, referral services and emergency contacts, career centre, co-operative education, registrar's office, financial aid office, student accounts, George Leach Recreation Centre, varsity, Arthur A. Wishart library, bookstore & campus shop, Speakeasy student bar, Algoma University Students’ Union centre, Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association, Muslim prayer room, Caring & Sharing Group, Christian Fellowship, Algoma Pride, Volunteer Sault Ste. Marie connection.

First-year student programs
First-year students have some special programming to address the transition to post-secondary education. The programs include: transition to University program through the Learning Centre -- a one-week, intensive, academic-oriented program that is free to all participants including the stay in residence; academic orientation – a half-day program held before classes begin for academic advising, registration, payment and orientation to services; welcome week – a full week program with social and academic orientations as well as the opportunity to learn more about faculty, staff and other students; Welcome Week Pow Wow – hosted by Indigenous services for all students, the Pow Wow is spiritual and celebratory; campus tours and a stay in residence prior to the start of university; transition workshops – conducted throughout the fall semester on a variety of academic topics included academic honesty, exam preparation, study skills, writing basics, etc; Individual Academic Advising – as required.

On-campus: On-campus dormitory including meal plan ($6,200 per academic year); On-campus townhouse with meal plan option ($3,700 per academic year without the meal plan). All on-campus options are co-ed, single rooms. In the dormitory, students share a washroom with one other student and have access to a common area with cable TV. In the townhouse, students share a living room, kitchen and two washrooms with up to four other students. All on-campus residence students have access to Residence Assistants, laundry facilities, and mailboxes. Campus classrooms and the recreation centre is less than a five-minute walk.

Off-campus: Off-campus homestay—living with a local family (primarily to serve international students); this is coordinated via the Sault Program for English Language Learning; Off-campus housing directory is available through the Housing Coordinator (

Information technology
Computing resources at the university are the responsibility of Information Technology Services (ITS). ITS provides network connectivity throughout the campus built on a high-speed fiberoptic backbone, complete with wireless infrastructure for convenience and accessibility. The network connects over 500 workstations, distributed throughout the campus, including student labs, faculty and staff offices, and residences. ITS manages all systems that provide critical computing services, such as business applications, e­mail, internet connectivity, research software, and data storage and archival.

Each student is provided an account on the campus network, which they may use to access the internet, e-mail, and academic information such as grades. Students may also use any of the available lab PCs to access a wide range of programming tools, such as Java and C++, and applications, including Microsoft Office, SPSS, and ArcView GIS.


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Student assistance

Algoma University’s Financial Aid Office provides scholarships and bursaries to new and returning students. It provides assistance with applications for various forms of student financial aid including the Ontario Student Assistance Program and its various programs, scholarships, awards, bursaries, as well as work-study programs: Canada Student Loan; Ontario Student Loan; Canada Part-time Student Loan; Ontario Special Bursary Program; Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities; Ontario Child Care Bursary; and Ontario Work Study Program.

Algoma is also proud to offer Awards of Excellence to new and returning students. These are scholarships based on academic achievement and funds are provided through generous donations provided to the Algoma Foundation.

The Financial Aid Office also provides information to students regarding budgeting, money management and other types of student financial assistance available.

University research

Disciplinary leadership is important in universities. At Algoma, sharing knowledge carries with it the responsibility to advance that knowledge. Scientific and technological advancement fosters social prosperity, economic productivity, environmental sustainability and personal well-being. Our faculty commitment to research and innovation spans the breadth of inquiry, from the microscopic (e.g., genetic diversity of baculoviruses) to the macroscopic (e.g., cultural impact of indigenous self-governance). Partnerships with world-class scientific research institutes, community-based and First Nations organizations help fortify the impact of this research on our region, our country and our world. The impact of this research, within the discipline and the communities in which we live, is both meaningful and important. Our undergraduate students, as part of their advanced studies, enjoy working under the tutelage of disciplinary experts. This experience is invaluable as it earns our students the problem-solving and decision-making skills and knowledge to succeed in industry or further advanced study.

International education

Algoma University offers several opportunities for students, staff and faculty to get involved in international education including, but not limited to: World University Service of Canada Local Committee (Refugee Sponsorship Program); Exchange/Study Abroad programs (8 partner options); Sault Program for English Language Learning – volunteer opportunities for Canadian & International students; Algoma Fair Trade; Co-operative Education; and Internships.