101 – Algoma University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

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About Algoma University

Algoma University, established in Sault Ste. Marie in 1965, has 3 diverse and growing campuses in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins. We offer a wide range of degrees and certificates spanning the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines, including our:

  • School of Business and Economics,
  • School of Computer Science and Technology,
  • School of Life Sciences and the Environment and
  • School of Social Work.

At Algoma University, we celebrate the values, personalities and convictions that make each of us unique – because they also bring us together. Our hope is that when you look back at your Algoma experience, it will be defined by more than what you have learned in the classroom. That is why at Algoma, we are heavily focused on:

  • campus culture,
  • vibrant programming,
  • research and innovation,
  • equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and
  • overall institutional excellence.

Special Mission

We have been given a very special mission, one that is connected to the historical significance of our Sault Ste. Marie campus, which is located on the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School.

This mission is to provide cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities in Northern Ontario. The land our Sault Ste. Marie campus now sits on was set aside by Chief Shingwauk for the express purpose of educating the Anishinaabe people in the way of the European settlers who came to this territory, while teaching the newcomers how to live in harmony with the Anishinaabe people and all of creation.

As part of the transformational efforts we are undertaking to move the Nation’s priority of healing and reconciliation forward, we leverage the history and stories from this site to teach the truth about the residential schools’ history in Canada, while at the same time, moving forward with Chief Shingwauk’s original vision for the site to be dedicated to cross-cultural learning and teaching.

We are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe and respectful learning community, one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff and visitors from all parts of the world. This is what makes Algoma University such a special place.

We are proud of our strong partnership with Indigenous communities and our long-standing relationship with the Shingwauk Education Trust and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. 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.

Special Characteristics

Our Sault Ste. Marie campus is located 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 2,000.

Our commitment to putting students first reaches into the classroom and beyond. Our professors encourage interaction, discussion and independent thought in the classroom. Our faculty are known for open-door policies that ensure you get the support, guidance and mentoring you need, even when class is over.

Brampton Campus

Our rapidly expanding Brampton campus is located in the core of downtown Brampton and is dedicated to offering career-focused programs within the:

  • School of Business & Economics,
  • School of Computer Science Technology,
  • Department of Psychology and
  • Department of Community, Economic, and Social Development.

Read more about the Brampton Campus or email the Brampton Campus.

Timmins Campus

Our Timmins campus, located within the facilities of Northern College, is dedicated to offering Social Work and Community Development degrees specifically designed for college and university graduates and transfer students.

Read more about the Timmins Campus or email the Timmins Campus.

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Residence Accommodations

We offer residence accommodations only at our Sault Ste. Marie campus. We guarantee all first-year students 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 with shared living and kitchen area. Meal plan is optional.

For more information about residence, email our Enrolment Specialists, call 705-929-2301, ext. 4280, or visit the Algoma residence website.

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Admission Entry Points

We have year-round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January and May.

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Accessibility Services

We emphasize 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 accessibility needs. We aim to ensure rich and full participation in university life by all students.

To discuss your needs confidentially, email the Learning Centre or call 705-949-2301, ext. 4221.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you complete IB courses in a Canadian high school, we will consider you for individual transfer credits.

The IB diploma is not required, as long as you meet the general admission requirements (i.e., the successful completion of six 4U/M courses, with specific grade requirements and Ontario Secondary School Diploma equivalent).

To receive transfer credit, you must achieve a minimum grade of 5 in either a Standard Level or Higher Level course. We may award transfer credits to a maximum of 30 credits.

Read more about admission to Algoma through IB.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

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

Read more about admission to Algoma through AP.

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Experiential Learning (EL) Hub

The EL Hub is a central resource for students to learn about the wide range of experiential learning opportunities available at Algoma University. It 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 can integrate academic and career experience at the undergraduate level (paid and unpaid).

For more information, email Cindi Elgie, Coordinator of Co-op, Career Services and Experiential Learning, or call 705-949-2301, ext. 4214.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We have 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

For a complete list of scholarships and awards, visit our scholarship and awards website, email the Awards Office or call 705-949-2301, ext. 4723.

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On-campus Employment

We also have a robust Work Study Program that provides you with the opportunity to work part time on campus during the academic year, and a Summer Employment Program that provides you with the opportunity to work full time on campus during the spring/summer months.

Visit the Work on Campus website for more information.

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Language Requirements

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

  • Cambridge Assessment of English –169 overall, with no band below 169
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) (paper-based or computer edition) – 60
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) –110 overall
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 6.0 overall (including no individual band below 6.0)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 63
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based
  • 3 years of full-time studies in a recognized postsecondary institution in Canada or the USA
  • Successful completion of a 2- or 3-year diploma from a recognized Ontario College of Arts and Technology (a minimum of 4 semesters is required)
  • Successful completion of ENGL 0005 with 70% or greater

For additional information, visit our English as a Second Language (ESL) website or email the ESL office.

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Supplementary Application

For us to consider you for the first round of offers, you must submit a 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 must arrange an audition after receiving an offer of admission, as per the Music Audition Requirements.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Arts

Admission 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 Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements.

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Campus Tours

Personalized campus tours are available Monday through Saturday at both our Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton campuses (excluding holidays and campus closures). You can book a tour online. Virtual and on-demand tours are also available by request.

Read more 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. 4280
Email: info@algomau.ca

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