Algoma University is a postsecondary institution in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, offering undergraduate university degrees in more than 30 academic programs. The student population has increased substantially in recent years and Algoma now has about 1300 students.
From its founding in 1967 until June 18, 2008, Algoma was an affiliated college of Laurentian University in Sudbury and was officially known as Algoma University College.
The desire to establish an undergraduate liberal arts college in Sault Ste. Marie originated as a broad citizens’ movement in the 1950s. In October 1964, the Algoma College Association was incorporated by letters patent of the Province of Ontario. One year later, Algoma College was established as a non-sectarian institution affiliated with Laurentian University. In September 1967, Algoma College opened its doors to its first students. In September 1971, the college was relocated to its own campus, acquiring by lease Shingwauk Hall and the Shingwauk site. In 1975, with the assistance of a grant from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the college purchased Shingwauk Hall and 37 acres (15 ha) of land surrounding the buildings.
Shingwauk Hall is currently used to house various classrooms, as well as administrative and faculty offices. It is connected on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd levels by links to the newer East, West and North-West wings that house further classrooms, research space and offices. The second floor of Shingwauk Hall (SH200's) houses various student services, including Co-Op and Career Services, the Learning Center, Student Advisors and the ESL Program.
Algoma provides 30 plus programs - three and four year bachelor's degrees in disciplines such as social work, community development, English, history, psychology, sociology, biology, business, computer science and fine arts.
Algoma University participates in the Ontario College’s Athletic Association (OCAA) with men’s and women’s basketball, curling, indoor soccer and cross-country running. Both basketball teams compete in the OCAA’s Western Division. While Algoma teams currently compete in the OCAA the university will join Ontario University Athletics (the OUA) in 2013. 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.