Welcome to Algoma University!

We wish you success as you begin your degree studies with us!
We believe you have made a wise choice in coming to our community, and we are committed to support our students as best we can.

We recognize, however, that some students struggle while adjusting to the academic and cultural differences between the routines of educational systems back home and going to school in Canada. It is important that you have access to information to help make your time at Algoma U more enjoyable, productive, and successful.  These differences apply to students coming out of any high school also.

KNOW THE IMPORTANT DATES  -  Check these dates.  They change every semester

At Algoma University and Canada in general, it is very important for you to know that there are critical deadlines you must follow, and that it is your responsibility to follow these guidelines.

1. Arriving at Algoma. It is important for you to arrive in the city before classes begin so that you can begin your studies at the beginning of each term. Please check with the university for these dates. Professors plan their lessons and begin their programs with the understanding that all students will receive their course outlines and know when assignments are due.

2. September 14th is the last day that you can add or drop classes from your schedule. If you feel that you are in a class that is not appropriate for you at this time, this is the time you should be adjusting your schedule with the help of your academic advisor. After this date you may withdraw from classes, but you may not add any new classes. If you drop a class before September 14, there will be no indication of these changes on your official transcript.

3. October 26th is the last day to officially withdraw from any course. If you are experiencing any difficulty with your coursework, it is critical that you consult your academic advisor for advice on how to proceed. Withdrawing from any course will result with a “W” on your academic transcript without having a grade recorded. After this date you must continue with your all course work, because if you simply stop going to class, this will reflect in your grades and could result in an “F” on your transcript.

4. December 4th is the last day of classes. December 6th-19th Is the final exam period. All planned travel should be scheduled after this date.


When students begin to experience difficulties with their coursework, often they wait too long and then have trouble finding the help they need. It is important for you to know is that you must attain a minimum of 60% in your core program courses in order to proceed to the next class.

1. Attending class. Regular attendance is required, and especially if you are taking on academic studies in a new language. Often professors provide important information and updates to students at the beginning of each class, so arriving on time to class is critical; and, professors do have the right to deny you access to their classes once the lecture has begun. If there are extenuating circumstances bearing upon your absence, you should notify the professor in advance. Absences in excess of 20% per cent may jeopardize receipt of credit for the course. You need to focus on the lessons for the day and take accurate notes so that you can follow up to study afterwards. Attending class is also an advantage for the professor for them to know who you are, so that you can follow up with them if you need guidance in the future.


2. It is considered disrespectful to arrive to class late and to leave class early. If you choose to arrive late and repeatedly do so, professors take note of these habits. As well, if you are involved in group work or class projects related to your courses and you don’t show respect to group members, over time you will lose the confidence of your colleagues – new friends who could also be your study partners.


3. For several core courses in your academic program, there could be additional tutor classes or lab times already arranged as part of the course, which are intended to provide students with extra time and support to learn new concepts. As well, some core courses or electives have been designated as transitional classes, in which students are provided with additional class time and tutor support – you would be expected to attend. Please check with your professor to know which class and tutor sessions are mandatory and which are optional – it is your responsibility to know what is expected of you.


4. Outside of your class time and tutor sessions, there are others who can assist you if you are facing difficulties when studying at Algoma University. Please email “The Learning Centre” ) to find Ms. Barb Muio, our Learning Centre Co-ordinator, and Ms. Raquel Lehto, our Learning Strategist. If you need a tutor for one or more of your classes, each student can receive a tutor free-of-charge for 6 hours per semester for each class through Ms. Barb Muio.  Ms. Raquel Lehto provides regularly scheduled workshops for students on subjects including time management, test-taking and textbook reading. Ms. Lehto can also meet with students individually to provide additional assistance.


5. “The Writing Lab” is also free-of-charge to students, with assistance available by appointment. This is located in the Wishart Library. Contact Professor Marissa Ross for an appointment to review assignments and for assistance with essays and reports: marissa.ross@algomau.ca.

6. “The Math Lab”, with Dr. Mark Defazio, is another resource for those who require support for math concepts – mark.defazio@algomau.ca , is located in the Wishart Library and available by appointment.


7. International Student Advisor, Mr. Mark Allard. Students requiring help finding resources or are having trouble completing paperwork are always welcome to seek the help of the International Student Advisor, Mark Allard. If he cannot help you, he will always make sure you are put in touch with someone who can. Mark Allard is available in SH 202, or can be contacted at mark.allard@algomau.ca .


At Algoma University, we are committed to assist you as a student. Please note that often staff members are busy and sometimes an appointment will be required. It is also important to respect any appointments by arriving on time.



a)            If you fail 6 or more courses within your first year of study, you are at serious risk of being placed on academic probation.

b)            You must maintain an overall average of 60% in order to maintain status as a student in good standing, to avoid being put on academic probation.

c)             You must obtain a minimum grade of 60% in each course in your major.


In the unlikely event that you ever receive any correspondence from the Office of the Registrar at Algoma University regarding your performance as a student, it is your responsibility to follow up on this correspondence to clearly understand your position of appeal. Note that every student at Algoma University has the right to appeal any decisions made regarding your status as a student – but, it is up to you to take the steps to remain a student of good standing. As we are committed to support you as a student, we ask that you also take the steps required to remain a student in good status by seeking out the resources made available to you.