Olds College

Founded 1913 | Olds, AB

Olds College is the largest agricultural college in Alberta and has maintained its small class sizes and practical training since its founding more than a century ago. Most of the school’s 1,400 students attend the main campus in Olds, while the rest study at the Calgary site, which is home to the school’s fashion institute.

The college offers programming in agriculture, horticulture, land and environment management, animal science, food production, business and trades. The school’s extensive facilities include a 2,300-square-foot brewery and a “farm of the future,” which employs the latest technologies to boost productivity and use resources sustainably. The 2,800-acre smart farm is home to 160 cows and 120 sheep, as well as the Smart Ag Innovation Centre, which gathers and analyzes data from the farm. 

Through applied research, these facilities accelerate the development of technologies that improve productivity, profitability and sustainability in the agricultural and agri-food industries.

Students can opt to live on the main campus in townhouse-style residences or in the Centennial Village residence, which has 450 single rooms with double beds and private washrooms. Communal spaces include a fitness centre and a large student lounge with a fireplace and a big-screen TV.

Popular Programs

• Animal Health Technology Diploma

• Agricultural Management Diploma

• Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

• Horticulture Technologist Diploma

• Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Diploma

School Size



• Degree $6,733

• Diploma $6,733-$8,400

• Certificate $3,541-$13,179

• Post-Grad $6,310-$7,277

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Land & Water Resources Diploma: This hands-on program (with three majors for students to choose from) will put students on a career path that constructs a positive and sustainable environment for future generations.

• Precision Agriculture Diploma: Graduates will be prepared for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery and purpose-built network management, and data sciences.

• Meat Processing Certificate: During this 15-week program, students take a deep dive into each stage of the meat preparation, manufacturing and retail process at the school’s newly remodelled National Meat Training facilities.