101 – Algoma University

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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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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, 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 Aboriginal communities and our longstanding 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.

Special Characteristics

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma University is situated 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. 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.

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Residence Accommodations

All first‑year students are guaranteed a private bedroom in residence.

  • 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.

For further information about residence, contact our Recruitment Coordinator at 705‑949‑2301, extension 4245; email info@algomau.ca; or visit the Algoma residence website.

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Admission Entry Points

Algoma University has year‑round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January and May.

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Disability Services

Algoma University emphasizes meeting the needs of all students. We strive to ensure that all future developments accommodate those with special needs, including physical and learning disabilities. We aim to ensure a rich and full participation in university life by all students. To discuss your needs confidentially, contact Barb Muio, Disability Services Coordinator, at 705‑949‑2301, extension 4221.

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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.

Learn more about admission to Algoma.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

If you are completing AP courses, you may receive advanced standing.

Learn more about admission to Algoma.

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Co‑op Education

Co‑operative education is designed to integrate academic and employment experience at the undergraduate level. Paid work terms allow students to gain experience in areas of career interest, while academic terms build a solid foundation of theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the area of study.

For more information, call 705‑949‑2301, extension 4214; or email coop@algomau.ca.

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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.

Algoma University also has a robust Work Study program that provides students with the opportunity to work part‑time on campus.

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

For a complete list of scholarships and awards, contact the Financial Aid Office at 705‑949‑2301, extension 4219.

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Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must submit 1 of the following minimal language requirements as proof of English‑language proficiency:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer‑based or 79 internet‑based);
  • IELTS – minimum score of 6.0 in each band;
  • MELAB 90%;
  • CanTEST 4.50;
  • CAEL 60;
  • EIKEN pre‑1;
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57; or
  • Successful completion of ENGL 0005, with 70% or greater.

For additional information, visit Algoma’s ESL website or email esl@algomau.ca.

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Supplementary Application

To be considered for the first round of offers, you must submit supplementary application information by February 1, 2018. You can get the forms on the Algoma University website. You must submit the supplementary application, 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 will be contacted by Algoma University’s Music Department to arrange an audition after receiving your application from the OUAC. If you have questions about the audition process, contact Algoma’s Admissions office.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Admittance to this program requires a portfolio review and/or an interview. The portfolio should include the following:

  • examples of your work in any visual media (while actual works are preferable, photographic or slide documentation is also acceptable),
  • a brief description of your background, and
  • expectations in relation to studying art in a university context.

The portfolio will be requested after you submit your OUAC application; you will be notified directly by Algoma’s Admissions Office.

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Campus Tours

Campus tours can be arranged at any time; however, we recommend visiting during the September to April academic year. We will arrange to have you tour campus facilities, meet with faculty and visit residence. All tours are individualized according to your interests.

Algoma University subsidizes the cost of travelling to Sault Ste. Marie. Visit www.algomau.ca/visit to find out about our campus tour program.

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Contact Information

Algoma University
Recruitment Office
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie ON  P6A 2G4

Telephone: 1‑888‑ALGOMAU or 705‑949‑2301, ext. 4245
Email: info@algomau.ca

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