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Undergraduate – Algoma University


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Algoma University, established in 1965, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario.

Fast Facts:

  • 3 diverse and growing campuses in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins.
  • Intimate learning environment with just over 5,000 total students.
  • Co-op and experiential learning opportunities available in every program.
  • Average class size of 28 students.
  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Over $17 million in scholarships and awards distributed annually.
  • Unique Special Mission based on Chief Shingwauk’s original vision to cultivate cross-cultural learning.

Faculties and Professional Schools

  • Faculty of Business and Economics
    • School of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Sciences
    • School of Life Sciences and the Environment
    • School of Computer Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • School of Social Work
  • Faculty of Cross-Cultural Studies



Experiential Learning (EL) Hub

The EL Hub is a central resource for you to learn about the wide range of experiential learning opportunities available at Algoma University.

Included in the EL Hub are:

  • Career Link Program
  • Career Services
  • Co-operative Education
  • International Internships
  • Study Abroad

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


Key Dates

Admission Points

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


Admission Requirements

Current Ontario High School Students

If you are applying from an Ontario high school, you must present the following:

  • an Ontario Secondary School Diploma,
  • a minimum of six 4U/M level courses,
  • ENG4U (required for all degree programs) and
  • the specific prerequisite courses for your degree program of interest.

Canadian High School Students From Outside of Ontario

We have established equivalent requirements for students in high school systems in other provinces.

For specific information, email our Admissions Office.

Home-schooled Applicants

We consider home-schooled applicants on an individual basis. Supporting documents, including completion of the equivalent of a high school diploma, letters of recommendation and other relevant certificates, are required.

International Applicants

We assess international applications individually based on country-specific criteria:

  • In general, we are looking for 5-6 traditional academic courses, including English, in the final (senior) year of secondary school. Other course requirements will apply for certain programs.
  • A minimum average of 65-70%, or country-specific equivalent.
  • Proof of English-language proficiency for non-native English speakers.

Transfer Students

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.

Mature and Other Students

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).

Special Circumstances and Pathways

The Algoma University Access Program (AUAP) is a pre-university qualifying year (2 semesters) that offers you a great opportunity to satisfy your university admission requirements and acquire essential university study skills.

AUAP is not a stand-alone program. You do not need to apply for the AUAP separately. You will apply for a degree program of your choice through the OUAC Undergraduate Application. If you are eligible, you will receive an offer of admission with a condition of AUAP completion.  

Additional Admission Information

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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

Advanced Placement (AP)

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


Supporting Documents

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must:

  • submit one of the tests of English-language proficiency with the minimum score we indicate on our website,
  • have 3 years of full-time studies in a recognized postsecondary institution in Canada or the US,
  • have successfully completed a 2- or 3-year diploma from a recognized Ontario College of Arts and Technology (a minimum of 4 semesters is required), or
  • have successfully completed ENGL 0005 with 70% or greater

For additional information, visit our International Students website or email the English as a second language office.

Supplementary Application

For the following programs, you must submit a supplementary application in addition to regular application materials.

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.


Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Aid

Scholarships and Awards

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.

No application is required for these renewable scholarships, which are based on your top six 4U/M level courses. IB Diploma Awards of Excellence are also available.

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. These scholarships are renewable.

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

On-campus Employment

We 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 and/or summer months.


Offers of Admission

We make offers of admission on a rolling basis year round for September, January and May intakes.


Accessibility Services

We strive to meet the needs of all students. Our Learning Centre and Accessibility Services Team is committed to making the university as accessible and integrated as possible.

To learn more about our available supports, you can visit Accessibility Services, email the Learning Centre or call 705-949-2301, ext. 4221.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all that we do and many of the efforts are led by our dedicated Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) mandates.



Residence accommodations are currently only available at our Sault Ste. Marie campus. We guarantee all first‑year students a private bedroom in residence. We offer dormitory and townhouse options.

If you live off campus, you will have access to our Student Community Support Coordinators.

For more information about residence or housing email our Enrolment Specialists, call 705-929-2301, ext. 4280, or visit Algoma Residence Life and Algoma Housing.


Campus Tours and Events

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.



Algoma University
Recruitment Office

Sault Ste. Marie Campus:
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie ON  P6A 2G4

Brampton Campus:
24 Queen Street East
Brampton, ON  L6V 1A3

Telephone: 1‑888‑ALGOMAU or 705-949-2301, ext. 4280
Email: info@algomau.ca

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