101 – Algoma University
Last updated: October 1, 2019
- About Algoma University
- Residence Accommodations
- Admission Entry Points
- Disability Services
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Experiential Learning Hub
- On-Campus Employment
- Language Requirements
- Supplementary Application
- Campus Tours
- Contact Information
About Algoma University
Algoma University is Ontario’s newest independent university, having gained independent status on May 28, 2008. Prior to that, Algoma existed as an affiliate college of Laurentian University, which was established in 1964.
Education on the Algoma University campus has a long and rich history. Our origin dates back to 1873 with the establishment of Shingwauk Hall, a school for First Nations’ children. Algoma moved to the site in 1971 as an affiliate of Laurentian University, and we’ve remained there to this day.
We are proud of our strong partnership with Indigenous communities and our long-standing relationship with the Shingwauk Education Trust. Our university offers unique programs on Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) culture, history and language, including the province’s only Bachelor of Arts program in the Ojibwe language. Our original building, Shingwauk Hall, overlooking the St. Mary’s River, is one of the oldest landmarks in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
The main Algoma University campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the heart of the Great Lakes, only minutes away from the United States border. You will enjoy personal attention with a student population of approximately 1,400. We also have a campus in Brampton, Ontario, where we offer programs within our School of Business & Economics. Our commitment to putting students first reaches into the classroom and beyond.
Our professors encourage interaction, discussion and independent thought in the classroom. Algoma’s faculty is known for open-door policies that ensure you obtain the support, guidance and mentoring you need, even when class is over.
We offer residence accommodations only at our main campus in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. All first-year students are guaranteed a private bedroom in residence at the main campus.
- Option 1: Dormitory residence – single room and shared bathroom with 1 other student. Meal plan is required.
- Option 2: Townhouse residence – 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and shared living and kitchen area. Meal plan is optional.
Admission Entry Points
Algoma University has year-round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January and May.
Algoma University emphasizes meeting the needs of all students. We strive to ensure that all future developments accommodate those with special needs, including persons with physical and learning disabilities. We aim to ensure rich and full participation in university life by all students.
To discuss your needs confidentially, email Jenn Reid, Disability Services Coordinator or call 705-949-2301, ext. 4221.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
If you completed IB courses in a Canadian high school, you will be considered for individual transfer credits. The IB diploma is not required, as long as the general admission requirements are met (successful completion of six 4U/M courses, with specific grade requirements and OSSD equivalent). To receive transfer credit, you must achieve a minimum grade of 5 in either a Standard Level or Higher Level course. Transfer credits may be awarded to a maximum of 30 credits.
Advanced Placement (AP)
If you are completing AP courses, you may receive advanced standing.
Experiential Learning Hub
The Experiential Learning (EL) Hub is a central resource for students to learn about the wide range of experiential learning opportunities available at Algoma University. The EL Hub also supports faculty and staff in the development, delivery and sharing of resources for experiential learning. Included in the EL Hub are Co-operative Education, Study Abroad, International Internships, Career Services and the Career Link Program. Through these opportunities, students are able to integrate academic and career experience at the undergraduate level (paid and unpaid).
For more information, call 705-949-2301, ext. 4214, or email Cindi Elgie, Coordinator of Co-op, Career Services and Experiential Learning.
Algoma University has a generous scholarship and bursary program. Scholarships are based on a variety of factors, including academic standing; while bursaries are based on financial need and are available throughout the academic year.
Entrance Scholarships for Canadian High School Students (Renewable)
- 80-84.9%: $1,500
- 85-89.9%: $2,500
- 90-94.9%: $3,000
- 95% and above: $4,000
No application is required for these scholarships, which are based on your top six 4U/M level courses.
IB Diploma Awards of Excellence
- 28-31 points: $1,500
- 32-35 points: $2,500
- 36-39 points: $3,500
- 40 points and above: $4,000
Algoma offers employment opportunities that provide students with the opportunity to work part time on campus during the academic year, and a Summer Employment Program that provides students with the opportunity to work full time on campus during the spring/summer months.
Visit the Work on Campus website for more information.
If English is not your first language, you must submit 1 of the following minimal language requirements as proof of English-language proficiency:
- CAEL 60;
- CanTEST 4.50;
- EIKEN pre-1;
- IELTS – minimum score of 6.0 in each band;
- MELAB 90%;
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57;
- Successful completion of ENGL 0005, with 70% or greater; or
- TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based).
To be considered for the first round of offers, you must submit supplementary application information, which is required in addition to regular application materials, for the following programs:
Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program is by audition. All applicants must arrange an audition after receiving an offer of admission, as per the Audition Requirements.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Arts
Admittance to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree program requires a portfolio review. All applicants must submit a portfolio after receiving an offer of admission, as per the Portfolio Requirements.
Campus tours can be arranged throughout the year; however, we recommend visiting during the academic year (September to April). We will arrange for you to tour campus facilities, meet with faculty and visit residence. All tours are individualized according to your interests.
Algoma University may also subsidize the cost of travelling to Sault Ste. Marie for a campus tour.
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2G4
Telephone: 1-888-ALGOMAU or 705-949-2301, ext. 4245