105 – Algoma University

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Last updated: September 19, 2019

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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, 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.

Special Characteristics

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.

Brampton Campus

Algoma University’s Brampton campus is dedicated to offering programs within the School of Business & Economics for all applicant types.

For additional information, visit Algoma University’s website or email brampton@algomau.ca.

Timmins Campus

Algoma University’s Timmins campus is dedicated to offering Social Work and Community Development degrees specifically designed for college and university graduates, as well as transfer students.

For additional information, visit Algoma University’s website or email timmins@algomau.ca.

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Residence Accommodations

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.

For further information about residence, contact our Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator at 705‑949‑2301, ext. 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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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. The $50 non-refundable fee is paid once per application and is collected by the OUAC on Algoma University’s behalf.

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Disability Services

Algoma University emphasizes meeting the needs of all of its 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 a 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.

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Mature Students

The university will consider you for admission if your previous academic performance and/or recent work record suggests 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).

Visit Algoma University’s website for more details about mature students.

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University/College Transfers

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.

To be considered for admission and transfer credit, you must submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.

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Out‑of‑Province Students

Algoma has 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.

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Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled applicants are considered on an individual basis. Supporting documents, including completion of high school equivalent, letters of recommendation and other relevant certificates, are required.

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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.

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Algoma has a generous scholarship and award 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. Pathways scholarships will be awarded 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.

Algoma University Pathways Scholarship (renewable)

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.

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.

Pathways Scholarship Renewal

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.

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

On-Campus Employment

Algoma also has a robust Work Study program that provides 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.

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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:

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

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, 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.

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Campus Tours

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.

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. 4245
Email: info@algomau.ca

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