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Georgian College

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Overview

Overview

Georgian College is one of Canada's highest-ranking Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and offers its students a comprehensive program of vocational and skills-based courses spanning a wide range of professional sectors. The college offers courses and qualifications at many levels, from apprenticeship training to college diplomas, bachelor degrees, and graduate certificates.

Established in 1967, Georgian College has been delivering high-quality practical education for over 50 years and currently supports around 13,000 full-time students, including a lively community of 4,500 international students representing over 85 countries worldwide. Courses are distributed across the colleges' seven Ontario campuses. The largest campus is situated in Barrie, a modern and growing city of around 150,000 population, nestled between the shore of Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. All campuses are within easy distance of the state's capital Toronto.

The college is well known for the quality of its education, with highly respected training programs in areas such as automotive business business and management computer studies community safety design and visual arts engineering technology and environmental studies health and wellness tourism, hospitality and recreation human services liberal arts Indigenous studies and marine studies. Georgian College fosters a strong culture of entrepreneurship, and also enjoys one of the highest graduate employment rates in Ontario.

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What's New

What's New

Georgian College is a future-focused institution that invests time and planning in developing and enhancing the service which can be delivered to its students and ensures that the services provided are effective and relevant to an ever-changing world. The college implements its improvements through a series of ongoing strategy plans and has recently developed an initiative to address the mental health and wellbeing of its current and future students.

The college is committed to the long-term health and wellbeing of its community, and over the past year, has designed a comprehensive and holistic scheme to act as a roadmap to navigate the uncertainties of a changing society. Georgian College's 2020-2023 Strategic Plan uses environmental assessment and a consultation phase with 42 points of engagement, as well as a sample of around 800 staff and students across various campuses, and identifies the following five strategic pillars where efforts will be focused.

  • Institutional structure: Organizational planning and policy

  • Mental health literacy and promoting wellbeing

  • Self-management and coping skills

  • Supports and services

  • Crisis management

Further details of the plan can be found on the college website.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students at Georgian College benefit from studying a continually updated curriculum that incorporates a range of teaching methods, emphasizing practical, hands-on learning, and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Most programs offer formal work experience training as part of the course, and these opportunities range from paid internships to field placements.

Teaching staff hold advanced qualifications in their subject areas, representing a wealth of industry experience and professional practice. Many of Georgian College's faculty members have experience teaching and working overseas, and are able to effectively communicate their expertise to students from all international backgrounds. Many also continue to develop their professional practice alongside their teaching commitments at the college, and students can gain important industry insights as well as access to professional contacts.

The average class size is around 26 students, ensuring plenty of contact time with staff, and a more personalized approach towards tuition. There are also remote learning opportunities available, allowing students to achieve a Georgian College education from anywhere in the world.

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Department structure

Department structure

There is a huge range of programs available at Georgian College, distributed across its seven Ontario-based locations. These campuses play important roles in their local communities, acting as both academic centers, and hubs for social and cultural activities.

  • Barrie
  • Midland
  • Muskoka
  • Orangeville
  • Orillia
  • Owen Sound
  • South Georgia Bay

Georgian College offers over 130+ individual courses across all campuses, and prospective students are encouraged to visit the college website for full details on how these locations correspond to each study program. Courses are organized by academic area, as follows:

  • Automotive business
  • Business and management
  • Community safety
  • Computer studies
  • Design and visual arts
  • Engineering and environmental technologies
  • Health, wellness and sciences
  • Hospitality, tourism and recreation
  • Human services
  • Indigenous studies
  • Liberal arts
  • Marine studies
  • Skilled trades.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Georgian College is considered to be a moderately selective institution, with a relatively high acceptance rate, and with three yearly intake points for most courses. For most programs, it is required that students be of 19 years of age and must hold a Grade 12 diploma or equivalent. Some courses may require additional prerequisites in the form of an essay or portfolio. There are many alternative pathways to enrolment, and applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency. There are several accepted criteria that may be found on the college's English Language Proficiency Requirements page. Applications are completed online, and prospective students are advised to familiarize themselves with any important dates and deadlines before submitting.

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Facilities

Facilities

Georgian College's seven campuses each contain a suite of modernized individual and group study spaces and computer laboratories, with fully equipped libraries where students have free access to books, journals, and digital resources. The college has excellent sports facilities, with fitness centers at each location, and a host of sports teams including volleyball, badminton, football, basketball golf, and soccer.

Georgian College has a variety of options for on-campus accommodation with residences offered at the Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound campuses. There is a wide selection of food and drink vendors, with many cafes, canteens, and coffee shops ensuring that students stay refreshed and refueled.

Access to these facilities is granted via the ONEcard, Georgian College's official identification card, which conveniently serves as a library card, printer card, fitness centre pass, bus pass, and payment card for food and drinks vendors.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Georgian College understands that the cost of education can be a significant consideration for aspiring learners, and is dedicated to keeping its tuition fees accessible to motivated students from all economic backgrounds. The college provides many financial support options through their financial services department, including guidance for securing low-cost housing, help with budgeting and fee payment, as well as access to part-time job opportunities.

Additionally, the college awards more than 650 scholarships and bursaries to new and returning students each year, with a value of over CAD 750,000 in scholarships and CAD 3 million in bursaries. The average value of a scholarship is around CAD 1,000, and recipients may be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Community involvement
  • Involvement with the Georgian community
  • Academic achievements
  • Financial need
  • Sports and athletics
  • First-generation students

Details for eligibility can be found online, and prospective students are encouraged to explore the many options available during their time at college.

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Barrie Ontario One Georgian Drive
Orillia Ontario 825 Memorial Avenue
Owen Sound Ontario 1450 8th Street East
Collingwood Ontario 499 Raglan Street
Midland Ontario 649 Prospect Boulevard
Bracebridge Ontario 111 Wellington Street
Orangeville Ontario 22 Centennial Road
Georgian College works with industry and community partners to offer its students with relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers. It was established in 1967 and since then it has been a change maker college. The college is the first and only college in Canada designated a change maker college by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and change making in higher education. Georgian College has 87,000 alumni, 13,000 full-time students, more than 4,500 international students from 85 countries speaking more than 110 languages.

The college offers 130 plus market driven programs that includes certificates, diplomas, degrees, combined degree-diploma, and graduate certificated in various areas of study like Automotive Business, Business and Management, Community Safety, Computer Studies, Design and Visual Arts, Engineering and Environmental Technologies, Health, Wellness and Sciences, Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation, Human Services, Indigenous Studies, Liberal Arts, Marine Studies, Skilled Trades etc.

With small classes and lots of student resources, friendly staff, volunteer and work opportunities, dynamic varsity teams, clubs and campus events, students at Georgian College find their favourite way to plug into student life. Georgian offers a variety of housing options to students ? from on-campus residences (Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses) to off-campus apartment buildings, room and board, and houses to rent or share. One cannot succeed in school without nourishment. Georgian offers several different food options. Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses offer multiple restaurants and meal plans. Many food vendors also accept the Georgian ONEcard.

Georgian College is home to one of Ontario?s strongest varsity programs. It has 13 varsity sports teams which compete across Ontario in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) with select sports that compete across Canada in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. Georgian College students, community members and faculty have access to an impressive array of fitness facilities, programs and services through physical education and athletics.

Georgian?s seven campuses encompass a total area of 21,000 square kilometres (almost the same size as the country of El Salvador) and are in some of the most sought-after areas in Central Ontario - Barrie, Downtown Barrie location (Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre), Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood). Campuses play important roles in each of these communities, serving as centres for academic, social, and cultural activities, and contributing to the social and economic well-being of the areas. All seven campuses are in cities offering bus service to Toronto
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Georgian College Georgian College
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Georgian College - by, 2019-12-17
4.0/ 5 stars
Georgian College Georgian College
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Georgian College - by, 2019-12-17
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Georgian College Georgian College
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
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