Algoma University Profile
Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. Read more about Algoma University.
Located on the site of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School, Algoma University offers a unique and historically rich setting for a cross-cultural community where Anishinaabe (First Nation, Metis and Inuit), Canadian and international students and faculty learn from each other in a spirit of friendship and respect. Algoma is committed to providing an educational environment for Anishinaabe students that is respectful, inclusive and welcoming.
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. View the Algoma University virtual tour video.
Algoma’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include Canadian, international, mature, part-time and visiting students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then check out the admission requirements specific to your category.
If you are interested in transferring to Algoma from another university or college, Algoma’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Algoma and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Algoma.
Anishinaabewowin is a 3-year degree program – and Canada’s only degree program in the Ojibwe language. The program will give you a basic-to-advanced level of instruction in the Ojibwe language and culture. Plus, by studying Anishinaabewowin, you will learn the language of one of the earliest cultures in Canada.
Social Work is a 4-year program that focuses on northern, rural, remote, Indigenous and Franco-Ontarian communities. Graduates from this program will be prepared to practice social work at the entry level with diverse populations in Canada.
Geography is a 4-year program ideal for students interested in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, climate change, environmental sustainability, research and urban and regional development. Our program provides students with skills that go beyond the study of geography, including a broad understanding of numbers and numeracy, writing and research, and data presentation, including mapping and graphing.
Be sure to check out all of Algoma’s academic programs.
In addition, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, set up by the Shingwauk Education Trust, offers courses and programs of particular interest to Anishinaabe students. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is its own university operating within the broader Algoma University, but all courses and programs are fully credited through Algoma. To learn more about its courses and programs focusing on Aboriginal issues and education, please visit Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig.
Algoma offers a variety of services to help students succeed at university. The following is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Algoma.
Academic advising is available. An Anishinaabe Student Advisor helps students with the transition to university. Student Services Advisors help students figure out program requirements, outline support services, assist with course selection and answer other questions that arise.
The Learning Centre and Disability Services Office is a hub for academic and disability services on campus. You can find resources to help you reach your academic potential, ensure your success and address and overcome any challenges you might face at university. These resources include writing labs, exam accommodation, tutoring, note-taking and student success workshops.
Co-op and Career Planning Services offers assistance finding student jobs and post-graduation careers. Career Services provides career planning advice and assistance with cover letters, resumé-writing and interview skills.
For more information about Algoma’s academic supports, please visit Academic Student Services.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Algoma offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are examples of 2 awards available at Algoma.
The Paul and Bricken Dalseg, Pioneers of Lake-of-the-Woods Student Award is given to Anishinaabe students entering first year who are residents in the Treaty 3 area of Ontario and who demonstrate financial need.
The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association Scholarship is given to an Anishinaabe, Métis, First Nations or Inuit student in any year of study who can demonstrate financial need.
Check out Algoma’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or connect with the Anishinaabe Student Advisor at the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division for more information about financial support, including scholarships and bursaries, available to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Algoma can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working with campus departments such as the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division. Research Assistant opportunities are also available to upper-year Anishinaabe students.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Anishinaabe Initiatives Division provides specialized support services – academic, personal, social and cultural supports for Anishinaabe students. It is currently governed by an Anishnaabe Peoples’ Council and is composed of 5 staff positions.
The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Centre strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. This space allows Anishinaabe students to create a sense of community and join in activities and cultural events. You can talk with visiting elders, meet other students, use the computer lab or printer or have a cup of coffee or tea. The Anishinaabe Initiatives Division, in conjunction with the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA), offers events, ceremonies and feasts throughout the year. Some of the major events include the Annual Elders’ Gathering, the Annual Gathering at the Rapids Powwow, an Elders-in-Residence weekly program, weekly “soup’s on” day, the annual Family Christmas Party and the annual Anishinaabe Grad Dinner and Dance at the end of the academic school year.
A Visiting Elders in Residence Program gives you the opportunity to meet with Elders to share in their insights and wisdom. You will also have access to Anishinaabe support staff, who can help you with funding options, cultural programming and course selection.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, get involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more information about student life at Algoma.
The first week of school in September is known as Orientation Week – when you arrive on campus for the first time and get introduced to university life. You’ll learn university basics such as how to get to your classes on campus. You’ll also get to meet your classmates and attend social events. Be sure to register for Algoma’s Orientation Week.
Clubs and Societies
One way to get involved on campus is to join one of Algoma’s student clubs. You can sign up for a club throughout the year, and meet up with others who share your interests or talents. Special events called Club Days are held at the beginning of both the fall and winter semesters to help you get acquainted with existing clubs.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Algoma, Anishinaabe students are members of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA) and are represented on the Algoma University Students’ Union, a member of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) Local 82.
The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association (SASA) is committed to ensuring that the university experience of Anishinaabe (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) students is fulfilling and enjoyable. SASA supports the academic and cultural needs of Anishinaabe students, and offers family and cultural activities for all students in the Algoma community.
Algoma is home to the Algoma Thunderbirds varsity athletics program. The Thunderbirds compete in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in the following sports: Basketball, soccer, wrestling, curling, cross-country running and Nordic skiing.
Recreation and Intramurals
Algoma offers recreational sports and leagues suitable for everyone regardless of skill level. Popular intramurals include volleyball, karate, squash, soccer and hockey. Joining an intramural is a great way to meet other people and stay active.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodations and support, Algoma’s Disability Services is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For information on supports you can access, visit Algoma’s Disability Services website.
Your safety is taken very seriously at Algoma. Campus Safety offers a 24-hour video surveillance system, campus security officers, Residence Advisors and secure-access residences (meaning only students with keys can enter the buildings). If you are on campus in the evening, the Walk Safe Program can provide you with a walking buddy.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Algoma gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you will also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
If you live in residence at Algoma, you can choose from 2 options: Traditional-style residences with a bathroom shared between you and your roommate, or townhouse-style accommodations that can fit up to 5 roommates and come with a fully furnished kitchen and common area. If you want to live on campus, be sure to apply for residence online after you receive your offer of admission from Algoma.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with Algoma’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Algoma’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live. Here is where you will find a welcoming community of support that is led by a senior student mentor to guide you through your first year. You will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while meeting other first-year students. Check out residence life at Algoma.
Algoma is located in a quiet, residential area, just on the outskirts of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Public transportation is available on campus. You can take a short, 5-minute bus ride downtown, or, if you would like to get some exercise, you can walk downtown in 30 minutes. Check out your transportation options around Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma.
You can find parking at Algoma in the main parking lot on campus. There are also spaces in the upper lot for those with handicap permits. If you use a bicycle, you’re not required to pay parking fees, but you must park your bike in the bicycle racks provided on campus.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. You can access service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, psychologists and wellness educators), through Student Services. You can also visit the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division for information on the cultural aspects of health.