History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Algoma University was first established as Algoma College in 1965 and was initially an affiliate of Laurentian University in Sudbury. It began offering classes in 1967 in a portable building at the Cambrian College site and was established at its present location - the Shingwauk Residential School Building - in 1971. It received full autonomous University status in 2008, becoming Ontario’s 19th University. Algoma University is dedicated to promote cross-cultural learning and facilitating indigenous communities to learn alongside global peers in the shared space of the classroom. Algoma University has partnerships with the Algoma Conservatory of Music, Cambrian College, Confederation College, George Brown College, Humber College, and many more. Further, it is affiliated with Universities Canada and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Algoma University falls in the top 31% of world universities, ranking 75th in Canada and 4316th globally. It also ranks #1205 of 2629 in North America, #21 of 24 in Ontario, and #1 of 1 in Sault Ste. Marie.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Algoma University has three campuses - Sault Ste. Marie campus, Brampton Campus and the Timmins campus. The campus at Sault Ste. Marie offers a traditional and historic setting, with the St. Mary River and Lake Superior being only a few steps from the campus. The Timmins and the Brampton campuses are beautiful, urban settings located in close proximity to the city’s respective business districts. The University has 4 Schools that offer a wide range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Certificate programs along with Experiential Learning opportunities. Students can get more out of their degree programs by coupling them with Minors and specializing in a subject they like. At Algoma University, students can choose to study Business Administration, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Economics and Finance along with Anishinaabe Studies for students interested in learning about indigenous cultures.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Algoma University prides itself in great faculty and teaching experience. Having established with the mission to uplift the indigenous Anishinaabe community, the University today has successfully bridged the gap between aboriginal communities and students from other communities, including International students. Algoma continues to empower the native culture through regular events on campus and through community outreach. The faculty of the University is well experienced and provides the students with adequate knowledge. Algoma University has strong industrial partnerships. This allows students to experience industrial visits and also provides them with the opportunity to work as interns under professionals. The university has a list of notable alumni that includes, the human rights activist Michael Cachagee, the Olympics gold medallist Ryan Harnden, advocate Sherley Fletcher Horn, professional ice hockey player Kevin Hodson, Water Activist Josephine Mandamin, Author and Artist Roxanne Martin, and celebrated author Joanne Robertson.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Algoma University has a firm belief in equality, diversity, and inclusion. They have students coming to study from around the globe. This includes the aboriginal Anishinaabe communities learning alongside international peers in the shared classroom space. The University offers multiple scholarships for international students and ensures that all the students feel included on the campus. Algoma University is committed to helping its students have a great career after their graduation. At the University, students can enroll in the Algoma Mentorship Program to expand their professional network, inculcate leadership qualities and receive personalized attention to advance in their careers. The University helps the students in every step from creating their CV to having real-time experience. Many prominent companies visit the campus for talks, workshops and placements.