Algonquin College

Founded 1967 | Ottawa, ON

In 2018, Algonquin College expanded its Ottawa campus with the $45-million DARE (Discovery, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship) District, which features a library and learning centre, training and test facilities and applied research centres. It also has Indigenous gathering spaces, including a courtyard with a design inspired by traditional Algonquin crafts. 

The college offers degrees, advanced diplomas, certificates, and trade and apprenticeship programs. A project called We Saved You a Seat reserves up to 30 per cent of spots in popular technology programs for women. 

The Pembroke campus is set on the banks of the Ottawa River, a fitting location for programs that train forestry technicians. The Perth campus is anchored by the Heritage Institute, which fosters skills in conservation, preservation and restoration. Facilities at the Ottawa, Pembroke and Perth campuses include experiential learning settings such as massage therapy and dental clinics staffed by students. Work-integrated opportunities include co-op education and field and clinical placements. 

In 2021, Algonquin’s students’ association opened the Jack Doyle Athletics and Recreation Centre, a 125,000-square-foot facility that hosts exercise classes, intramural sports and live events. It includes a fitness centre, climbing wall, bowling alley, games room and restaurant, and has all-gender washrooms and locker rooms.

Popular Programs

• Computer Programming

• Early Childhood Education

• Computer Engineering Technology—Computing Science

• Business: Management and Entrepreneurship

• Practical Nursing

School Size



• Degree $7,950-$9,213

• Diploma $4,2780-$9,821

• Certificate $2,576-$11,513

• Post-Grad $4,720-$11,466

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Bachelor of Engineering (Automation and Robotics): Students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills to design and simulate autonomous and remotely operated systems.

• Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development: This program prepares students to work with children and families in the community development and educational sectors.

• Marketing Research Analysis: This program prepares students for a data-driven career, conducting marketing and opinion research in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.