Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 2008Established Year

Algoma University, located at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada was established in 1965. It is the smallest University in Ontario. It hosts only undergraduate program.

Key Features

  • 74th position by UniRank out of selective 99 universities in Canada.
  • Recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
  • Algoma offers admissions to Canadian, U.S. and international students for either full-time or part-time courses.
  • Algoma offers financial aid to its students through Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Scholarships, Bursaries and Work Study.
  • It comprises of two satellite campuses, in Timmins and Brampton offering degrees in social work and community development, and BBA correspondingly.
  • Algoma is inclined towards research area for which NORDIK institute which works in association with CESD and Algoma, mentors’ new researchers out of the university.


Type of UniversityPublic
Number of Academic Programs offered30
Strength of Students1600
Student: Faculty Ratio14:1
Percentage of International Students27% (around 30 countries)
Famous forComputer Science Program
Domestic Tuition Fee per yearCAD 6,327
International Tuition Fee per yearCAD 16,431
Language Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CanTEST, CAEL and Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Programs Offered at Algoma University

Algoma University offers 21 programs with minimum eligibility ranging from 65% to 70% on an average, GPA 2.0, Grade letter “C”.

Algoma provides below given programs as major subjects to its students:

AccountingAnishinaabemowinBiologyBusiness AdministrationCommunity Development
Community Economic and Social DevelopmentsComputer ScienceEconomicsEngineering First YearEnglish & Film
Environmental StudiesFinance & EconomicsGeography & GeologyHistory & PhilosophyLaw & Justice
Political SciencePsychologySocial WorkSociologyMusic
Visual Arts----

Apart from the Major programs, Minors are also considered for enhancing the skillset of the students. There are total 17 minor programs offered at Algoma University. Some well-known minor programs are – Accounting, Computer Games Technology, Economics etc.

Standout Programs

  • Environmental Science – This program offers natural settings, laboratories, industry internship programs and a chance to work with the experts in this field.
  • Community, Economic, and Social Development – This program focuses on northern, rural and remote communities. Here, the students participate in two work placements.
  • Business Administration – Students have a chance to minor in human resource management, marketing, accounting and economics. They can interact with the local business professionals. They learn how to make strategies, improve production and efficiency through every new valuable business connection.

Early Access Program

EAP is an excellent opportunity for the high school students to experience first year college subjects even before joining one. This allows the students to:

  • Complete university courses, while still in secondary school, this will be a benefit for post-secondary degree or certificate at Algoma University.
  • Increase the awareness of the students towards various field of courses which could be opted according to the choice.
  • Provides an opportunity to choose the best for them through common core of learning.
  • Basically, there are few subjects which could be considered under this program – Language courses, Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Business and People focused.

Satellite Campuses

1. Timmins: It offers diploma to degree and university transfer students. Timmins offer Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Community Development degrees. Courses are offered at the Timmins Campus of Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology.

College graduates, University transfer students and University graduates can apply for the admission for the courses by qualifying the minimum eligibility criteria of the courses.

2. Brampton: It is perfect for mature students, college transfers, or students interested in Bachelor of Business Administration. Students can specialize in 3 majors – Accounting, Human Resource and Accounting.

Admission Process

Academic Requirements

Canadian Students

Students need to score an average of 65% which may go up to 75% for the decided subjects. The GPA of 2.0 or Grade C is also acceptable.

U.S. Citizens

1. Completion of Grade 12 diploma.

2. Students need to score a minimum average of 70% for the decided subjects.

3. Five academic courses in grade 12, including English SAT 1000 or ACT 21

International Students

1. Students need to score a minimum average of 65% for the decided subjects. The GPA of 2.0 or Grade C is also acceptable.

2. Judged on country specific criteria.

3. Proof of language proficiency for non-native English speakers.

Application Procedure

Canadian Students

To enroll in Algoma University for September admission, one must apply via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). For further sessions, one can directly apply at the Algoma’s website.

U.S. Students

1. Fill the online application form available on the official website.

2. One must send all the official transcripts to the university as hard copies.

3. The candidate must also pay a non-refundable fee of CAD 100 as the application fees through the given methods of payment at the website.

International Students

1. The candidate must apply directly at the official website.

2. One must send all the official transcripts to the university as hard copies.

3. The candidate must also pay a non-refundable fee of CAD 100 as the application fees through the given methods of payment at the website.

4. Send proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable).

Getting a Study Permit

International students will have to provide with a valid study permit, study visa for admission. Students must also have a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) before applying for the visa/ permit related documents. One can apply for CAQ online or via email.

1.One can apply for study permit at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

2.The same can be done at the nearest Visa application center.

3.Submit acceptance letter, proof of finance, identity card (preferably passport)

4.Apply for the study visa as soon as they are accepted by the institute.

5.It is advised to travel to Canada, after receiving study visa.

Financial Aid

The university takes care of the students who needs extra financial support to complete their education. The financial aid office manages:


Through Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), is one of the way to get financial help. There are other government funded schemes which are handled by the university to provide the best to the needy ones.

Part Time OSAP is for the students who study 20-59% of full course load. Algoma assists with tuition, compulsory fees and books for eligible students.

Out of Province

Out of province students studying full-time can apply for financial assistance through the home province. For part-time, one may submit part-time OSAP application to Financial-Aid office. The amount varies for different provinces and territory.

Summer Employment Program

Algoma university provides an opportunity to work through the summer under this plan. This plan is executed to aim for enhancing the skillset of the students and help them with future employment prospects after graduation.

Scholarships & Awards

Algoma offers certain awards with attainable targets based on academic’s achievement and financial need of the student.

Given below is the list of Awards offered by the university:

  • Automatic Awards
  • Application Awards
  • Athletic Awards
  • External Awards

Entrance Bursaries

The bursary is awarded based on the financial need of the students. Given below are various Bursaries offered by Algoma:

Gabriel Barban P. Eng BursaryMoyra & Edward O’Pallie BursaryPaul & Bricken Dalseg, Pioneer of Lake-of-the-woods Student Award
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. MarieScotiabank First Nations Student BursaryThe Adnet Bursary
The Elvi & Lloyd Leitch BursaryThe Honourable Ray & Mary-Kay Stortini Bursary AwardThe Luu Family Bursary – Proud to be Canadian
The Peter McGregor Memorial AwardThe Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Bursary

Algoma Residence

The Algoma Dormitory, Spirit Village International Dormitory, and Spirit Village Townhouses are centrally located on campus. Classrooms, computer labs, Cafeteria etc. are within 2 minutes reach from the mentioned residences.

  • Algoma Dormitory is a 96 beds residence, helpful for the students of first year, direct from high school.
  • The Spirit Village Dormitory offers a 45 beds comfortable space for Canadian and International students.
  • Spirit Village Townhouses offers an affordable stay for the students of Algoma University. Each unit contains five private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living room, and a kitchen.

Residence Fees and Meal Plans

The given below table provides the required information for stay and meals. This amount is planned for the month of September to April. It is subjected to change anytime

Residence BuildingResidence FeesDamage DepositMeal Plan Options
Algoma Dormitory
(First-year student housing)
CAD 5,810CAD 100Super Value Meal Plan:
CAD 3,270 (CAD 1,635 per semester)
Smart Meal Plan:
CAD 2,870 (CAD 1,435 per semester)
Spirit Village Dormitory 
(International & Canadian student housing)
CAD 5,310CAD 100Super Value Meal Plan:
CAD 3,270 (CAD 1,635 per semester)
Smart Meal Plan:
CAD 2,870 (CAD 1,435 per semester)
Spirit Village Meal Plan:
CAD 2,410 (CAD 1,205 per semester)
Spirit Village TownhouseCAD 5,410CAD 100Super Value Meal Plan:
CAD 3,270 (CAD 1,635 per semester)
Smart Meal Plan:
CAD 2,870 (CAD 1,435 per semester)
Flex Plan:
Load in CAD 100 increments
No Meal Plan:

Work Study Program

Through this program, students can work full-time in summers and part-time, throughout the year. Students can earn CAD 14 per hour and work up to 15 hours per week. Algoma makes sure that students get the benefit of the program under Financial Aid Office. For the break between full-time studies i.e. April to August, students can earn on full-time basis for extra income.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person of Canada
  • Must have applied for OSAP or other provincial loan/grant program
  • Must have a demonstrated educationally related financial need
  • Must be studying full-time
  • Must be in good academic standing with Algoma University and OSAP
  • Must be in good financial standing with Algoma University and OSAP

Students may download Work Study Program Application (PDF), fill it and submit the same to Financial Aid Office or drop the application at FAO dropbox.

For International Students

Working On-Campus

Through the International Work Study Program (IWSP), students who hold a valid Study Permit and are enrolled in full-time studies are permitted to work on-campus without a work permit.

Students can work at various departments like - including Student Services, the George Leach Centre (GLC), the Wishart Library and the Registrar’s Office. It provides employment of about six to eight hours a week.

Working Off-Campus

For getting an Off-Campus Work Permit (OCWP), the students need to:

  • A valid Study Permit
  • You must have studied full-time at Algoma University for at least six months of the last 12 months before you apply;
  • Satisfactory academic result
  • Must be enrolled with academic program of study

Students with OCWP, are permitted to work 20 hours a week during study period and 40 hours during non-study permit.

International Co-op Opportunities

This co-op opportunity certificate programs provides students to work for full-time and get paid for the job under the relevant field of study. The Co-op requirements are as follows:

  • Successfully complete COOP 0101 (career skills course);
  • Complete 30 credits at Algoma University;
  • Maintain a 70% or higher average (includes all course attempts);
  • Register as a full-time student in two of the past four terms; and
  • Apply for a Co-op Work Permit.

Work after Graduation

Students who have attended and graduated from academic programs with at least two-year duration or maybe longer are eligible for a post-graduate work permit for up to three years.

Find a Program
$18,057 PER

Average Tution Fees (Annual)
$ 18,057
Bachelors Tuition Fees$18057
Diploma Tuition Fees$18057
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 2,905
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
Start of Application process -
End of Application process -
Application Fee
$ 100
Application website
Accepts common App No
Direct Application Yes
Admission Details
Acceptance Rate
76 %
Min. 6
Total Applications
Range 79-80

Admission Overview

Algoma is a small university offering courses to around 1440 students. One can apply to Algoma University year round. The start dates are in September, January, and May every year. Students can apply directly on the official website of Algoma University. For admission requirements of international students, Algoma requires a score of 65% on an average for almost all the courses offered by the university and along with that, proof of language proficiency for non-native English speakers.

Apply today to start your journey with Algoma.

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