Established in 1965 as Algoma College, Algoma University was initially an affiliate of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. In 1967, Algoma College began offering classes in a portable building located at the Cambrian College site, now the Sault College site. Algoma College moved into its current location, the former Shingwauk Residential School building, in 1971.
In 2008, Algoma University was granted its charter and with the charter, achieved full autonomous university status as Ontario’s 19th University. Algoma University now offers over 30 academic programs in a diverse range of fields and through three faculties: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Humanities.