Algoma University

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Algoma University is a thriving undergraduate university located in the scenic, lively city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, at the heart of the Great Lakes along the Canada-U.S. border.

Algoma University offers more than 30 undergraduate degree program options and emphasizes a balance of teaching and research priorities to optimize interaction between faculty and students. Algoma University strives to be a university of international distinction, enriching generations of diverse cultures and communities.

At Algoma, students will never be in a class of more than 65, even in first year. Algoma’s interactive learning environment serves a community of over 1,400 students, including nearly 15 percent Anishinaabe (First Nation, Inuit and Métis) and almost 18 percent international students. In addition to the 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students benefit from undergraduate research opportunities, student advocacy groups, opportunities for cooperative education, a recreation centre, multiple student housing options and international exchange programs. Students enjoy all of this while being a part of a learning community that provides every student with an opportunity to be a leader and to experience success.

With its growth in recent years, the university has embraced capital expansion, including the construction of a new student residence (2012) and the Essar Convergence (2011). The Downtown Student Centre was opened in the fall of 2010, which includes an upper-year residence and the University Medical Clinic.

At Algoma, sharing knowledge carries with it the responsibility to advance that knowledge. Since Algoma has no graduate programs, students have access to research opportunities as undergraduates. Algoma’s faculty commitment to research and innovation spans the breadth of inquiry, from the microscopic (e.g., genetic diversity of baculoviruses) to the macroscopic (e.g., cultural impact of indigenous self-governance). Partnerships with world-class scientific research institutes, community-based and First Nations organizations help fortify the impact of this research on the region, the country and our world. The impact of this research, within the discipline and the communities in which we live, is both meaningful and important.

Algoma University is affiliated with research institutes such as NORDIK Research Institute, Invasive Species Research Institute, Health Informatics Institute and Algoma Games for Health. This invaluable experience earns its students the problem-solving and decision-making skills and knowledge to succeed in the workforce to advance their studies.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $5,458

International student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $12,527 - $13,250

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2011 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 1,180
Part-time (undergraduates): 350

* Source: Algoma University