Guidance Dialogues – Algoma University Video Transcript

Hello everyone, my name is Rebecca Rucurean and I’m the Manager of Student Recruitment at Algoma University. I would just like to extend a warm welcome to all of those tuning into this video and thank you for your ongoing support and dedication as we navigate this new normal for all of our students. 

If you’d like to follow along on admissions updates, Algoma University can be found on page 12 and 13 of the Guidance Dialogues Resource Guide. Before I jump into updates, I’d like to give a recap into who we are at Algoma University as one of Ontario’s newest and smallest institutions.

At Algoma University, we are a student-centered university with three diverse campuses in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, and Timmins. With a total population of 2,000 students, we offer a 14:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 28. This means that students get a hands-on, personalized student experience, fully immersed in both the campus and the local community. We pride ourselves on providing access to high-quality education with one of the most generous scholarship programs in the province as well as ongoing admissions processes and policies. This includes three intakes a year – Fall, Winter, and Spring – and we are currently accepting applications for Winter 2021.

We are proud to be one of Ontario’s most diverse campuses with our population comprised of 35% international and close to 10% indigenous students. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are important to us at Algoma and is woven into our institutional values and pedagogy. Our Special Mission is to cultivate cross-cultural learning between indigenous communities and other communities, keeping in line with our university’s history and original vision. 

At Algoma University we are growing. And growing quickly! This Fall 2020 our Brampton campus is welcoming new cohorts of students in our Psychology and Computer Science programs.. These comprehensive degree programs, paired with the vibrant community in downtown Brampton, are designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in the local Brampton community while also achieving their own personal and professional goals. 

Our Brampton campus expansion also includes the developing Centre for Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation, aiming to offer Bachelor Degrees in  Law and Justice as well as  Social Work starting as early as Fall 2021. The new Centre will be joining our professional Schools of Computer Science and Technology as well as our School of Busines and Economics in Brampton.

Algoma University is also growing online! Prior to the pandemic, we partnered with Athabasca University and D2L to provide our students with a state-of-the-art online learning platform, Brightspace. This partnership was expedited over the last few months to ensure that students could continue their studies online during the school closures. We are NOW able to offer degree programs in Business and Computer Science fully online.

We know that the last few months have been full of uncertainty, challenge, and resilience as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, our University community has come together to support our students in unique and innovative ways. Our Fall delivery method is fully online, with in-person advising and student support offered by appointment only. We are hoping to provide more opportunities for on-campus learning in the new year. 

As our academics have shifted online, so have our recruitment efforts. Our goal is to bring Algoma University directly to you and in a format that works best for your communities.  We’re here to support you and your students in navigating University applications during this time. We want to stay connected! If you check out our future students website at algomau.ca/future-students/, you’ll find a comprehensive list of all recruitment events taking place at Algoma University this fall, including our Fall Open House which is taking place the week of November 9th – November 14th. We’ll have a number of interactive opportunities for guidance counsellors, students,and guardians to enage in.

We are also able to offer 1-on-1 meetings and personalized Algoma experiences on and individual student basis. We can also offer virtual presentations – either live or prerecorded- at a time that works best for you and your students. As always, students can call us, email us, or text us at any time that works best for them and we are more than happy to support them.

I’m also here to support you and would love to hear from you regarding how we can support your students better. My email is rrucurean@algomau.ca. Feel free to send me an email at any point in time and I would be more than happy to have a conversation! With that being said, I hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe school year ahead.