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Cambrian College is an ideal place to create yourself, to create your future. Established in 1967, Cambrian College is the largest college of applied arts and technology in Northern Ontario with campuses located in Sudbury, Espanola, and Little Current. Cambrian provides an innovative learning environment that will enable you to challenge yourself, to realize your potential, and to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enhance your opportunities well beyond college. It is an environment that is shaped by progressive programs, by faculty who have business and industry expertise, and by support systems that foster success.

Cambrian College supports a dynamic student population that is reflective of the rich diversity of today's global workplaces, a population that ranges from high school graduates and adult learners to seasoned professionals looking to acquire new skills and knowledge. One of Ontario's most dynamic and innovative post-secondary institutions, Cambrian proudly serves communities around the world through local and/or Web enabled education, and through partnerships that enhance community and economic development. The Cambrian commitment begins in the classroom and is reflected in virtually every sector of the community and the economy.

Areas of Expertise

Cambrian offers exceptional programs in mining and resource management, disability services, computer and engineering technology, skills and trades, business, communication and creative arts, community services, and health care and emergency services. The College offers more than 80 full-time programs, and more than 800 part-time continuing education programs, courses, seminars, customized training packages, and distance education opportunities. A number of these programs and courses are delivered in a distance education format through teleconferencing, independent study, and the Internet. Cambrian also works in partnership with numerous school boards, training institutes, universities, and other institutions locally, nationally, and internationally in order to provide additional educational opportunities, and to share expertise and resources.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:677 bedsLowest: $6,625Highest: $7,105

The residences at the Barrydowne Campus can accommodate 677 students in total. There is a 300-bed townhouse-style residence; each unit provides kitchen and living room space, and six individual bedrooms along with basic furnishings and appliances. Two bedrooms in four of the 50 units have design adjustments to provide for students with special needs. There is also a 377-bed dorm-style residence; each suite consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen with a fridge and microwave.

Off Campus Housing

For those students seeking accommodations in the Sudbury area, a listing of apartments, houses, and room and board opportunities is available at

Incoming Students

Two Open Houses (one in November and one in April) are held for new students and their families. In addition, 'Countdown to Cambrian' is held in July. This orientation event is for registered first year students and their parents/companions. The one day event will enable participants to attend a variety of workshops designed to address both student and parent needs and inquiries, meet with staff, tour the campus and residences, and learn about college life. There are also orientation activities, which take place early in the school year as well as Frosh Week.

Career Planning

The Student Employment Services and Co-op Placement Office provides career and employment services to Cambrian College students, graduates, and alumni. Staff are available to assist with writing résumés and cover letters, planning for job interviews, and utilizing the Internet in job searching. A listing of full-time, part-time, summer, and contract positions is also maintained.


Cambrian College has excellent fitness facilities that are open to the public. Full-time Cambrian students with valid student cards are automatically members. The Athletic Centre features a 4,000 square foot modern weight training facility, four international squash courts, a double gymnasium, saunas, computerized cardio equipment, personal training, individualized fitness programs, fitness evaluations, a baseball diamond, beach volleyball courts, a soccer field, and a pro shop.


The student governments offer a number of activities throughout the academic year for Cambrian students. There are always socials, pub nights, and other celebrations held at the Student Centre - On the Rocks.


There are numerous clubs and associations available including the Students' Administrative Council (SAC), the Cambrian Native Students' Association (CNSA), the Nurses' Association, Vision (Graphic Design Club), the Cambrian College Criminal Justice Association, the International Club, and the Mature Students' Association.

Information Technology

Students have access to open labs that are available throughout the day, evening, and on weekends. Internet and email access are available to all registered students from any computer lab.


The Cambrian Native Students' Association (CNSA) represents both Native and non-Native Cambrian students who have an interest in First Nations' culture. Elections for council are held at the general meeting in September.

Special Services

Special needs services are available through the College's Glenn Crombie Centre for student services to assist students who have learning or physical disabilities, or hearing or vision impairments in achieving scholastic success and furthering their career goals. For more information, visit the website.

Affiliated Institutions

Cambrian College has signed a number of articulation agreements with universities. These are primarily designed to enhance student mobility, formally recognize credits earned at each institution, and facilitate the transfer of these credits between institutions. Currently, the College has formal agreements with Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario), Huntington University (Sudbury, Ontario), Thornloe University (Sudbury, Ontario), Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario), Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), Northwood University (Midland, Michigan), Athabasca University (Athabasca, Alberta), Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alberta), Cape Breton University (Sydney, Nova Scotia), Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta), Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, British Columbia), Swiss Connect (Zurich, Switzerland), Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia), Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Ontario), Griffith University (Queensland, Australia), and the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland).

International Involvement

Cambrian is involved in several international projects and has hosted students from Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Spain, Bermuda, Peru, Libya, Japan, China, India, and Hong Kong. Cambrian International, a department within the College, coordinates all international activities at Cambrian. Services available to international students include an orientation program upon arrival, special English language courses, and cultural activities.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are the best way to experience what Cambrian College is all about. Bring your family and friends for a 45-minute tour and find out about our programs, facilities, and the services we offer. You’ll get a glimpse of college life, a sense of what we’re all about, and most importantly, answers to all of your questions. You are welcome to tour the campus on weekdays at 10:30 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m., and on Saturdays at 12 noon. Please note that pre-booking is required for all campus tours. To book a tour, please complete the online form available on the website or call us at (705) 524-7303.


A number of other services are available to students including health services, a counselling centre, peer tutoring, student activities, cafeteria, campus watch program, employment services, women's centre, and financial aid office.

Modified on April 12, 2022

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