Centennial College

Founded 1966 | Toronto, ON

Centennial College in Toronto offers more than 400 full- and part-time diploma, certificate and degree programs (including more than 50 full-time online offerings) to 45,000 students. Programs span courses in business, media, arts, community services, engineering technology, health care and transportation, and promote experiential learning with lab instruction, apprenticeships, paid co-op education and industry placements. The $72-million Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation features a hangar large enough to accommodate commercial jets, labs, workshops and a resource centre. 

The school has five distinct campuses in the Greater Toronto Area. It has a residence next to its campus in Scarborough that can house 740 people and has frequent bus service. 

In 2023, Centennial opened its 18,000-square-foot Performing Arts Centre in the heart of Scarborough. Amenities include four studio spaces, a dance/theatre/classroom flex space, a high-tech music lab, nine ensemble and individual music rehearsal rooms and a “black box” theatre performance space. The school also opened the $105-million six-storey addition to the A-Block building. It is the province’s first net-zero-carbon, mass-timber, LEED Gold-certified higher education facility. It’s also home to the school of engineering technology and applied science’s electronics and networks programs and specialized labs.

In addition to drawing more than 14,675 international students each year, Centennial encourages students to study and work outside of Canada through its Services and Global Experience team. In 2016, the school opened the Suzhou Centennial College learning site near Shanghai. There are also learning opportunities in other parts of Canada, including a land-based treatment program on Manitoulin Island, where therapeutic techniques are woven together with Anishinabek culture. Virtual service learning options are also available.

Popular Programs

• Software Engineering Technology

• Office Administration: Health Services

• Hotel Operations Management

• Motive Power Technician

• Practical Nursing

School Size



• Degree $7,103-$8,699

• Diploma $3,783-$8,378

• Certificate $3,556-$9,786

• Post-Grad $3,479-$6,911

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Software Engineering Technician: Coursework emphasizes object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, C#, Python, Java, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/Linux, software testing and QA, and applying machine learning algorithms to automate various tasks.

• Culinary Management: Graduates learn the art of cooking, blended with the skills of team leadership and business entrepreneurship to find career opportunities in an ever-changing industry.

• Graphic Design: Facilitated at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre, this advanced, multidisciplinary diploma program takes a hands-on approach in an intimate, small studio environment to enhance the learning experience.