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Algoma University (AU) is a postsecondary institution in Sault Ste.marker Mariemarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, offering undergraduate university degrees in more than 30 academic programs. The student population has increased substantially in recent years and Algoma now has about 1200 students.

From its founding in 1967 until June 18, 2008, Algoma was an affiliated college of Laurentian Universitymarker in Sudburymarker, and was officially known as Algoma University College. The Algoma University mission is to offer an exceptional undergraduate education.


On the site of a former Anishnabek residential school, Algoma College officially opened in September 1967. Initially its program was limited to the first year of studies for both the Bachelor of Arts, and the Bachelor of Science degree programs. It wasn't until 1972 that the college offered the entire three-year program.

Algoma's independence from Laurentian University was first proposed in 1994. The original proposal would have seen the school renamed Shingwauk University, but was not ultimately pursued by the MTCU.

On May 31, 2007, the government of Ontario announced that it would introduce legislation to charter Algoma as a fully independent university. After the government passed the Algoma University Act, it was given royal assent by David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on June 18, 2008. Nipissing Universitymarker in North Baymarker, also formerly an affiliated college of Laurentian, similarly received status as an independent university in 1992.

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig will be the name of a new federated institution dedicated to Anishnaabe education.


Algoma provides 30 plus programs - three and four year Bachelor's degrees in disciplines such as English, history, psychology, sociology, biology, business, computer science and fine arts. The Master of Computer Games Technology program is offered in conjunction with the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotlandmarker.


The Algoma Conservatory of Music, which offers music lessons to about 1000 students in the community has a working relationship with AU.Concurrently with AU's charter as an independent university, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University), an Anishinaabe cultural and linguistic federated school is poised to open in the fall of 2008.

While Algoma does not currently offer any full joint programs with Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste.marker Marie, Michiganmarker, students at both institutions may register for some courses at the other school as credit toward their degrees from their home institutions.

The university has diploma-to-degree agreements with Cambrian Collegemarker, Confederation Collegemarker, George Brown Collegemarker, Humber Collegemarker, Mohawk Collegemarker, Northern Collegemarker, Sault Collegemarker and Seneca Collegemarker, as well as a student exchange agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coastmarker in Queenslandmarker, Australia.

Buildings and features

The university has a sports centre, the George Leach Centre, which has a 200 metre indoor track as well as numerous basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, and exercise facilities. A new integrated technologies building recently opened in 2005, which houses a new cafeteria, student centre, and student pub named 'The Speak Easy'.

In 1975 the college purchased Shingwauk Hall, the building that housed the aforementioned residential school, and of land including property along the St. Mary's River front. In 1989 the Arthur A. Wishart library opened, followed by expansion in 1992 with the opening of the George Leach Centre. Student residence buildings were constructed in 1995 and later expanded in 2001.

2005 was a significant year for the school, as a $6 million technology wing saw expansion unprecedented in the school's young past. Included in the wing are state-of-the-art technology and computer labs, the 'Great West Life Amphitheatre' (a 250+ seat lecture hall), a new student centre, cafeteria, faculty offices, a bookstore and campus shop, and a new pub.

In 2009 Algoma University received more than $16 million to build a Bioscience and Technology Convergence Centre. Ground was broken for the new building in September 2009.

Student life

The university's student newspaper is The Sentient. The university does not currently have a campus radio station, although several students and faculty participate in the production of Thunderbird Six, a series of podcasts about the university. Some individual Algoma students have also volunteered for WLSO, the college radio station of Lake Superior State University. The students are represented by the Algoma University Students' Union known as AUSU

The university also publishes an annual literary journal, Algoma Ink.


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