Algoma University is one of Ontario’s smallest universities — a fact students and faculty take pride in. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma is an undergraduate-only institution. It offers small class sizes for increased interaction between students and faculty. In an effort to promote less lecturing and more discussion, Algoma is the only university in Ontario that caps classes at 75 students. The university was established in 1965 but was an affiliated college of Sudbury’s Laurentian University up until 2008. Today, Algoma has official university status and offers degrees in more than 30 programs.
What programs are available?
One of Algoma’s most recognizable distinctions is its special mission to provide and cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. The fact the university is located on the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School is taken very seriously. In fact, Algoma is the only university in Canada to offer an undergraduate degree in Anishinaabernowin, the Ojibwe language.
Other noteworthy programs include:
- Business Administration: The four-year bachelor’s degree has an optional co-op term and offers the choice of minors in accounting, economics, human resource management, or marketing. Alongside classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to work on their networking skills by engaging with local business professionals.
- Community, Economic, and Social Development: Touted as the only university degree of its kind in Canada, the CESD program focuses on northern, rural, remote and Indigenous communities. The program has two work placements and is interdisciplinary, combining social work, sociology, political science, geography, economics, and business administration.
- Environmental Science: Taking advantage of Algoma’s natural northern setting and state-of-the-art Essar Convergence Centre, the Environmental Science program examines the global impacts of climate change.
Algoma makes diversity a priority
Algoma has one of the most diverse campuses in Canada. Over 27% of the student population are international students from more than 30 different countries. It’s also one of the few universities across Canada with a female president. Asima Vezina has been President and Vice-Chancellor since 2017, when she succeeded Dr. Celia Ross in the position. Vezina has more than 25 years experience working in education, and is a firm believer in Algoma’s dedication to collaboration and community. “Our approach to education, undergrad research opportunities and relevant programming prepares our students to tackle the most pressing issues of our time,” says Vezina.
Since taking office, Vezina has been heavily involved in Algoma’s work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. “Algoma University celebrates the ability we have as Canadians to dialogue about our country. Discussions around reconciliation are gaining momentum as people come together with a better understanding of each other and a growing awareness of the strength of partnership.”
Buildings and Facilities
Here are some key buildings and facilities students can access at Algoma’s main campus:
- Shingwauk Hall: Formerly a residential school for First Nations children, Shingwauk Hall is one of the oldest landmarks in Sault Ste. Marie. With the support of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), the hall now houses an important cross-cultural research and educational development project known as the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.
- Essar Convergence Centre: Algoma’s $16 million, state-of-the-art bioscience and technology centre opened in 2011. The building includes laboratory space for students and professors, as well as various research institutes.
- George Leach Centre: Home of the Algoma Thunderbirds, this sports facility houses a gymnasium with three regulation court surfaces and 1/9th mile indoor walking/jogging track.
Where is Algoma University?
Algoma University’s main campus is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. “The Soo” is the third largest city in Northern Ontario and is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region. Algoma also has smaller campuses located in Brampton and Timmins, Ontario.
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