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Algoma U is the smallest university in Ontario, with over 1,600 students learning, thinking, and growing together. Our University is large enough to offer great diversity, but small enough to offer a sense of community. We offer an education that is big on personal attention. In fact, we are the only university in Ontario that never has more than 75 students in a class! This means more one-on-one time with professors who get to know you and care about your success. We offer over 30 undergraduate programs, many with unique co-operative education, undergraduate research, and leadership opportunities. Algoma U also has amazing support services to help you succeed in class, including free one-on-one tutoring. Plus, students coming directly from high school are guaranteed a single room in our brand new residence! And you will feel at home living in residence because of our close-knit campus community. Even better, we are one of the most affordable university experiences with the best entrance scholarships in Ontario! Our students have been very successful getting employment after graduation, as well as gaining admission to Teacher's College, Law School, as well as other professional and graduate degree programs. The employment rate for graduates is one of the highest in the province. There's also a great varsity sports program. So where are we? Algoma U is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, at the heart of the Great Lakes and nestled on the Canadian/United States border. The World Health Organization has designated Sault Ste. Marie an International Safe Community. The city has a population of approximately 75,000 people, and offers plenty of shopping, entertainment, and culture, with numerous concerts and festivals happening year round. You can access almost every outdoor activity in our summer and winter seasons within a short drive from campus – that includes snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, golfing, and hiking! There is always something to do in the “Sault!”

Areas of Expertise

Algoma University places a great deal of emphasis on personal interaction between students and faculty members through small classes and frequent use of seminars, labs, and tutorials. Algoma U ensures personal attention by offering one of the lowest student to faculty ratios among Ontario universities. With no class bigger than 75 students, our students excel in our ideal learning environment. Students can study in this environment in courses including Biology, Business Administration, Community Economic and Social Development, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Law and Justice, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and many more!

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $4,660Highest: $7,740

Algoma's residence is located within a two minute walk of Shingwauk Hall (classrooms and library) and the Athletic Building. The facility offers 15 townhouse units consisting of five single bedrooms each. Some units are handicapped accessible. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen and a common living/dining room. Rooms are assigned primarily on a first come, first served basis, although priority may be given to first year, out of town students. In room telephone and cable hook ups are available through local providers. Connection to the University's computer network system can be arranged through the Department of Computing Services with a nominal deposit. The dormitory style facility consists of single rooms; each is fully furnished with a bed, desk, chair, shelf, dresser, closet, and telephone (local calls only, phone cards are available). There is one bathroom available per two students. All dorm students have access to a microwave, vending machines, and TV in the common room.

Off Campus Housing

Algoma also maintains an off-campus housing list. Contact for more information.

Incoming Students

The Department of Student Services offers a range of workshops, counselling, academic advising, and an orientation program to assist in the transition to university.

Career Planning

The Employment Services and Career Resource Centre offers help with resume and cover letter writing. The Centre also offers updated employment postings, Internet access to labour market information, a career skills library, and staff resources. Information is also available regarding aptitude testing and overseas employment.


The George Leach Centre is a fully equipped fitness and recreation facility. The Centre includes court surfaces accommodating badminton, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Also available are aerobics rooms, weight training equipment, outdoor tennis courts, and on site massage therapy. Instructional programs available include aerobics, dance, self defence, tennis, golf, and first aid.


A full range of activities are available on campus including student association sponsored events, concerts, March Madness, Welcome Week, poetry readings, and weekly pub nights.


There are many opportunities for students to get involved. AUBS-Algoma University Business Society AUSU's Event Club Community Economic and Social Development Club Intramural and Athletics Sociology/Anthropology Club History Society Algoma U Political Science Association (Algoma U PSA) Algoma U PRIDE Moot Court Club Algoma Multicultural Students Association Algoma University Solidarity and Action Coalition Algoma University Foosball Association (AUFA) Geography/Environmental Club

Information Technology

Computing equipment throughout the campus, including the library cataloguing/circulation system, is integrated into a local area network. The network links over 100 micro computer workstations located in student labs, faculty and staff offices, residence rooms, and the library. The aim of this network is to provide students, faculty, and staff with universal access to information systems, e-mail, Internet and Web access, and sophisticated computing resources. All students, staff members, and faculty are issued a personal e-mail account.


Cultural groups include the International Film Society, Algoma Conservatory of Music, and Theatre Algoma. These groups are open to students and also organize events throughout the year.

Special Services

Algoma University offers Special Needs Counselling, Native Student Counselling, and a general Student Services Department to assist all students.

International Involvement

Exchange/Study Abroad programs provide an exciting opportunity for Algoma U students to gain international experience while completing degree studies! Study Australia: Murdock University located in Perth. University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia). Study Japan: Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), located along Tokyo Bay in Chiba, Japan. The Algoma Exchange program is open to current, full-time students entering their second or third year of a degree program, carrying a minimum overall average of 70%. Application is required.

Campus Tour

Tours are available any time of the year. However, we recommend that you visit between September and March while classes are in session; this will allow you to meet with faculty and sit in on a class while you are on campus. Our staff is available Monday to Friday, as well as weekends, to tour you and your family. Email or call 1-888-254-6628 ext. 4245 to arrange your tour.

Modified on February 06, 2017

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