105 – Algoma University
University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.
- About Algoma University
- Admission Entry Points
- Supplemental/Document Evaluation Fee
- Language Requirements
- Accessibility Services
- Mature Students
- University/College Transfers
- Out-of-province Students
- Home-schooled Applicants
- Experiential Learning (EL) Hub
- On-campus Employment
- Residence Accommodations
- Supplementary Application
- Campus Tours
- Contact Information
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, which include 4 professional schools – the School of Business and Economics, School of Computer Science and Technology, School of Life Sciences and the Environment, and new 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 U 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.
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.
We have a special mission 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.
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 growing campus in the heart of downtown Brampton offers career-focused programs within our School of Business & Economics, School of Computer Science Technology and Department of Psychology.
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 obtain the support, guidance and mentoring you need, even when class is over.
Our rapidly expanding Brampton campus is located in the core of downtown Brampton and is dedicated to offering programs for all applicant types within the School of Business & Economics, School of Computer Science Technology and Department of Psychology.
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.
Admission Entry Points
We have year‑round admission and will accept applications for studies beginning in September, January and May.
Supplemental/Document Evaluation Fee
There is a supplemental/document evaluation fee of $50 (in addition to the base application fee) for all OUAC 105 applicants. You must pay the $50 non-refundable fee once per application. The OUAC collects this fee on our behalf.
If English is not your first language, you must submit 1 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
- Successful completion of ENGL 0005 with 70% or greater
- 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)
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.
We will consider you for admission if your previous academic performance and/or recent work record suggest a strong possibility of academic success.
Mature students must:
- be at least 20 years old,
- have been out of school for a minimum of 1 year and
- not have either six 4U/M courses or the equivalent (1 year of college).
If you wish to transfer to Algoma University from a college or university, you may be eligible for admission with advanced standing, provided you meet the criteria established by the Admissions Office.
To get an estimate of the amount of transfer credit you will receive, view our transfer credit guidelines.
For us to consider you for admission and transfer credit, you must submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
We have established equivalent requirements for students in high school systems in other provinces.
Read more about our out-of-province admission requirements. For specific information, email our Admissions Office.
We consider home-schooled applicants on an individual basis. Supporting documents, including completion of a high school equivalent, letters of recommendation and other relevant certificates, are required.
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.
We have a generous scholarship and bursary program. Scholarships are based on a variety of factors, including academic standing, while awards are based on financial need and are available throughout the academic year.
Algoma University Pathways Scholarships are available to students applying for a degree-completion program, after earning a 2- or 3-year diploma from a Canadian community college, or to those transferring from another Canadian university. We will award Pathways Scholarships to college diploma graduates who have completed their diploma within 12 months of their start term at Algoma University.
Algoma University Pathways Scholarship (renewable)
- An entrance award of $2,000 to all candidates presenting an average of 3.70-4.00 grade point average (GPA) (college), or minimum 85% (university), on their last year of full-time academic studies.
- An entrance award of $1,500 to all candidates presenting an average of 3.30-3.69 (college), or 80-84.9% (university), on their last year of full-time academic studies.
Students who maintain an average of at least 85% on a minimum of 24 credits over 2 consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study each year will continue to receive $2,000 for up to 3 additional years.
Students who maintain an average of 80-84.9% on a minimum of 24 credits over 2 consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study each year will continue to receive $1,500 for up to 3 additional years.
Algoma University Recognition Award (non-renewable)
- An entrance award of $1,000 to all candidates presenting an average of 3.00-3.29 GPA (college), or 75-79.9% (university), on their last year of full-time academic studies.
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.
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 us to consider you 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
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 Portfolio Requirements.
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.
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2G4
Telephone: 1‑888‑ALGOMAU or 705-949-2301, ext. 4280