Algoma University

Algoma University

Everything about Algoma University is designed to bring out the best in every student. Surrounded by the rich, natural beauty of Northern Ontario, Algoma U is an inclusive and diverse community of over 1200 students, offering more than 30 academic programs taught by internationally known experts in fields such as Business, Community Development, Economics, Biology, History, Psychology, and Computer Science.

Algoma University has more than 40 years experience in offering undergraduate liberal arts and science programs, and now offers an internationally recognized and respected Masters degree in the burgeoning field of computer games technology.

Algoma University professors are committed to nurturing the minds and talents of each and every student. Everything from research opportunities to student life to lectures and labs is planned around the University’s commitment to helping every student succeed and grow, both academically and as a person. Algoma University is a place where students can step into leadership roles, both on campus and in the community.

At Algoma U, every student will find a place to belong.


Algoma University is governed by two bodies: the Board of Governors and the University Senate.

The Board of Governors is comprised of between 12 and 30 individuals, and is responsible for the government, conduct, management, and control of the University and its property.

Our Faculty

When you come to Algoma University, you’ll discover what it’s like to have professors who take an active interest in you and your goals – professors who actually want to know who you are and what will help you succeed. The faculty members you encounter will encourage creativity, imagination, critical thinking and risk-taking. At Algoma U, our professors are academically accomplished, deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and fully focused on student success.


As Algoma University seeks to fulfill its mission to offer an exceptional undergraduate education, research plays an increasingly important role. We recognize that all faculty research is a valuable component of that mission, and as we proudly grow in our new role as Ontario’s nineteenth autonomous university, we will distinguish ourselves through the people and issues of the region we serve. In particular, research at Algoma University will recognize the significant importance and contribution of the First Nations.

We recognize also that research opportunities provide students with the skills, techniques and cutting-edge knowledge that will enable them to become agents of positive change in their communities through knowledge transfer and cultural enrichment.

George Leach Centre

Opened in September 1992, the 39,000 square foot George Leach Centre (GLC) provides a wide range of facilities for athletics, fitness and recreation. Access to the GLC is available to students of Algoma University as well as the broader community.

The George Leach Centre is also the home of Algoma University’s varsity basketball teams and other intercity and intramural sports. Click here for more information about Athletics and Recreation at Algoma University.

Conference Facilities

Why not host your next conference at Algoma University? We’re located in the east end of beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, right next to the St. Mary’s River.

Shingwauk Hall, a historical landmark in the community, offers first-rate modern facilities making Algoma University the perfect meeting place for conferences of any size.

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

As part of Algoma University’s commitment to providing a respectful, inclusive and innovative educational environment for Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) students, the University has entered into a Covenant with the Shingwauk Education Trust. The Covenant is a solemn document through which both parties pledge to work together for the furtherance of Anishinaabe education and research. The two partners are following the Two Row Wampum model of development – each partner respecting the other and supporting the other in the pursuit of their goals.

The Shingwauk Education Trust has established Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, which offers courses and programs of particular interest to Anishinaabe students. These courses and programs are fully credited through Algoma University or other partner institutions. Algoma U students are welcome to take Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig courses, and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig students participate fully in student life at Algoma U.

This close collaboration reflects the historic roots of our campus, which was first created as a direct result of Chief Shingwauk’s efforts to secure educational opportunities for his people in the 19th century. Shingwauk Indian Residential School existed for 96 years, and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association continues to meet and to work with Algoma University to transform the negative legacy of the residential school into a positive legacy for current and future Anishinaabe students. The Shingwauk Education Trust is a provincial Trust formed to continue Chief Shingwauk’s work of bringing education and associated endeavours to this region.

To learn more, visit the Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig website.

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