Small University, Big Education!!!
Algoma University is the smallest university in Ontario. Now let us tell you what that means for you.
You’ll hear a lot of schools in Ontario talk about their small class sizes, even going so far as to give average class sizes in the 20’s. What you won’t hear is a guarantee that you will never be in a class with more than 65 students. Yes, even in your first year.
We are a small, undergraduate institution in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Our beautiful campus is situated at the heart of the Great Lakes, with St. Mary’s River separating us from USA. Established in 1964, and granted our charter in 2008, Algoma University has been offering undergraduate studies to students for almost 50 years.
Algoma U is a small university where you’ll get a big education. With over 30 academic programs in a diverse range of fields, you can choose to be broad-based, or to specialize, depending on where your ambitions lie. You will receive an individualized and personalized education, and will benefit from one-on-one time with our knowledgeable and caring faculty and staff. And, as our students will tell you, the relationships you develop with faculty and staff will help you to find a job, gain access to graduate programs, or whatever else you decide to do beyond your time here.
Our students also benefit from learning in a cross-cultural and diverse community. We embrace our special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other groups. We live, learn, study, and work together.
We are growing, but not too big, and not too fast. We are committed to maintaining our competitive advantage: that is our personal attention to you, and our commitment to your success. We think those are the cornerstones of a positive university experience.
So explore Algoma University, whether online, or by coming to campus for a visit. You’ll find we offer something different than what you’ll get elsewhere in Ontario; a truly small university committed to giving you a big education.
Established in 1965, Algoma University has undergone many changes since the early days when the then Algoma College first began offering courses out of a few portables on the campus of what is now Sault College.
Initially an affiliate of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Algoma College began offering classes in 1967, and seized an opportunity for growth by moving into the former Shingwauk Residential School building in 1971, one year after the residential school closed its doors. Algoma College became Algoma University College, still affiliated with Laurentian, with the mandate to offer university programming to residents of Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area. Many programs required students to take the final year in Sudbury on the Laurentian campus, but over time program offerings and courses grew until many students were able to complete their degrees in Sault Ste. Marie.
In 2008, Algoma University was established as an independent, degree-granting institution when the Provincial Government passed the Algoma University Act. As stated in the Act, “the objects of the University are the pursuit of learning through scholarship, teaching and research within a spirit of free enquiry and expression.” In addition, the University has a special mission to be a teaching-oriented, primarily undergraduate university focused on the needs of Northern Ontario, and also to “cultivate cross-cultural learning between aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University College and its geographic site.”
Since 2008, the University has consistently met growth targets designed to increase enrolment from approximately 1000 students to approximately 3000 students by the year 2020. Several new buildings have been added to campus, including the Essar Convergence Centre in 2011 and the New Residence in 2012.
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