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Located in the nation's capital, Algonquin College's main campus is 15 minutes away from everything. National parks, museums and galleries, Canada's largest high-tech community, and the Rideau Canal are all minutes from one of the most well equipped and largest college campuses in the country. Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology was established in 1967 and is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People, after whom the College was named.

>The College has served over 50 years as a leader in post-secondary education and has undergone significant growth since its establishment. Algonquin College Campuses have completed major expansion projects. The Ottawa Campus features an innovative award-winning trades building (Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence), a first-of-its-kind Student Commons building, the recently completed DARE (Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship) District which includes the College's library and learning centre, an Indigenous Commons and a MakerSpace that allows students to get their hands on the latest technology. Both the Perth and Pembroke Campuses are all-new facilities. Most recently on the Ottawa Campus, The Algonquin Students' Association completed construction of the Jack Doyle Athletics and Recreation Centre. This building provides students with the space they need to meet and exceed their fitness and recreation goals, as well as offer new challenges and experiences. The centre features gyms, a restaurant, rock climbing, bowling, an inside track, billiards, a golf simulator and more.

Areas of Expertise

Algonquin College is leading the way in personalized and experiential learning.

Ask our students why they chose Algonquin and they will be quick to tell you it's the hands-on skills and career focus they gain from learning in realistic lab and classroom environments. By the time our students graduate, they are ready to take on the work world, and are sought out by employers in every industry.

#1 in research partnerships among large Canadian colleges.
- Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges 2018 Spotlight on College Research Activity

#1 in online enrolment among Canadian colleges.
- 2018 National Survey of Online and Digital Learning in Canada

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:Lowest: $2,300Highest: $7,360
Male only:Lowest: $2,300Highest: $7,360

All rooms are shared occupancy with roommates designated by the Housing Administrator. Students can request a roommate if they have someone in mind. The Deposit for the Academic Year 2019-2020 is $500.00 and the total amount payable is $7720.00 (payment options are available). A mandatory Meal Plan of $2,310.00 is required for first year residents (additional Meal Plan options are also available). All payments made to the Residence for the Residence Meal Plans are subject to the cancellation policies of Algonquin College Food Services. See for more.

Off Campus Housing

The Students' Association operates a housing referral service to assist students in finding off-campus accommodations. Please see the website for more details, at

Incoming Students

The International Education Centre (IEC) provides special support to international students to help them to adapt to the College. Special advisory services include health insurance, airport pick up, homestay/residence, orientation, academic advising, and visa inquiries and special tutoring during the first days of classes. Staff at the IEC are also able to help international students use the wide variety of other services available to all Algonquin students including Internet accounts, health services, and peer tutoring.

Career Planning

Algonquin College provides international students with academic advising services that helps them select a program that would lead to their career and personal goals. Student services also provides a referral service by matching your resume with job postings and also submitting it on your behalf.


Algonquin's varsity teams, the Algonquin Thunder, compete in the Ontario College Athletics Association in basketball, rugby, volleyball, and soccer. The Ottawa Campus offers a fitness centre fully equipped with weight-lifting equipment and the latest cardio machines including treadmills and rowers. The College has opened a new soccer facility with synthetic turf and seating for 300 spectators, a 6,000 square foot clubhouse, officials and coaches rooms, and a therapy clinic. The soccer facility can be used year round for competitive sports.


The International Education Centre hosts special events throughout the year such as skiing, skating, and tours of the many tourist attractions that Ottawa, the nation's capital, has to offer.


The Student Association provides funding for students interested in starting their own clubs on campus such as the International Student Club and the Chinese Students' Association.

Information Technology

With the increase in technology, Algonquin has continued to provide current services in online learning, blackboard, and our own ACSIS, which allows students to view their information, classes, grades, and more. There are over 80 computer labs available on campus. 24 hour labs are also available. Students are given a username, password, e-mail, and Internet access that can be utilized at the College, residence, or at home


Ottawa is home to many national museums, including the Museum of Civilization and the Museum of Science and Technology. Ottawa is also home to the prestigious National Art Gallery. The city hosts many festivals and celebrations each year and is a favourite destination for tourists. The city has a variety of rich cultural communities that reflect Canada's policy of diversity and tolerance.

Special Services

The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) provides educational support services to students with disabilities applying to or attending Algonquin College. Assistance is available for students who may have a learning disability, be blind or visually impaired, be hard of hearing or deaf/deafened, have multiple disabilities, have a mental health disability, have a head injury; and/or have a physical disability or be mobility impaired.

Affiliated Institutions

The College offers joint degree programs with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. There are also numerous articulation agreements with many other Canadian universities including Lakehead University, McMaster University, Ryerson Polytechnic University, University of Lethbridge, Brock University, University of Guelph, Nipissing University, and others.

International Involvement

The International Education Centre ensures that Algonquin College plays a part in Canada's response to the global marketplace and the developing of world's needs for technical, managerial, and vocational training. More than 200 Algonquin staff worked in various countries around the world. In addition, there are international students from more than 70 countries studying at the College. Algonquin has a campus in India and offers programs in Montenegro and China.

Campus Tour

To book an Ottawa Campus Tour by phone call us at 613-727-4723 ext. 5482, to request a Perth Campus Tour by phone call us at 613-727-4723 ext. 5619, or to book a Pembroke Campus Tour by phone call us at 613-727-4723 ext. 2760. Can't make it to campus? Take a virtual look inside our Ottawa campus and unique labs at


The College offers professional counselling, student tutoring, peer support, and a fully-staffed health clinic. The College also has an active Students' Association that supports club activities, a housing program, and an athletics program. The following is a partial list of services and facilities also available at Algonquin: Alumni Association, Centre for Canadian Heritage Trades and Technology, Dental Clinic, Distance Education, Early Learning Centre, Health Services, Horticulture Centre, Hospitality Centre, Information Technology Access Labs, Media Centre, Ombudsperson, Prior Learning Assessment, and Student Centre and Athletic Facilities.

Modified on January 14, 2022

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