About us

Georgian College is one of 24 publicly funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario. Georgian’s leadership in co-op, student work experience and entrepreneurship education delivers powerful ways to accelerate your learning, your career and your future.

General information

  • Established in 1967, Georgian is currently celebrating 50 years of innovation in education
  • Vision: Accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships
  • Mission: Inspire innovation, transform lives and connect communities through the power of education
  • Values: Excellence, community, engagement, integrity, inclusion, sustainability
  • Georgian is Ontario’s #1 co-op college
    • Georgian has the most Ontario college students enrolled in co-op programs (more than 5,000)
    • Georgian also has the highest percentage of programs with co-op
    • We’re the only college in Ontario with 12 programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education
    • 6,200 employers partner with Georgian to offer student work experiences
    • All our programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning and almost 80 per cent of students are in programs with a formal work-integrated learning opportunity (co-op, internship, placement or field experience)
  • Georgian grads get jobs
    • We’re number one in graduate employment: 87.8% graduate employment rate, the highest of all English-language Ontario colleges (2015-16 Key Performance Indicators)
    • Our graduate employment rate has exceeded the provincial average for more than a decade
  • Other Key Performance Indicator score highlights
    • 80.5% graduate satisfaction
    • 90.5% employer satisfaction
    • 79.1% student satisfaction and engagement
  • Student numbers
    • 67,000 alumni
    • 11,000 full-time students
  • International students
    • 1,500 international students from 60 countries
    • Georgian ranked first in overall international student satisfaction among 11 Ontario colleges, and sixth globally among 182 institutions in the 2016 International Student Barometer survey
  • Seven campuses
    • Barrie
    • Midland
    • Muskoka (Bracebridge)
    • Orangeville
    • Orillia
    • Owen Sound
    • South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)
  • Georgian also supports Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville
  • Housing options
    • On-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound
    • Variety of off-campus housing options at all campuses
  • Indigenous Resource Centres at Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses
  • One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers seven times, one of Canada’s Greenest Employers five times
  • Approximately 2,600 staff and faculty (full-time and part-time)
  • More than $2.7 million in bursaries and scholarships available every year
  • Power of Education fundraising campaign raises funds for strategic priorities
  • Board of Governors consists of 12 appointees from a cross-section of communities, as well as the President and CEO, one student, one faculty member, one support staff member and one administrative staff member

Academics

  • More than 125 career-focused, full-time programs
  • Students can study part-time, full-time, online or in combination
  • Credential options include
    • Degrees
    • Combined degree-diplomas with Lakehead University
    • Graduate certificates
    • Diplomas and advanced diplomas
    • Certificates
    • Apprenticeships
  • Academic upgrading available
  • Georgian College and Lakehead University
    • Offering two degree-diplomas that combine the best of college and university in just four years of study, including the first engineering degree in the region
    • Working together to launch more than 20 new degree programs and degree transfer pathways
  • Five highest enrolment programs in 2015-16
    • Practical Nursing diploma
    • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Collaborative Program degree
    • Electrical Engineering Technology advanced diploma
    • Police Foundations diploma
  • Academic areas
    • 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
  • More than 590 articulation and transfer agreements with 56 institutions around the world
  • Niche programs
    • Anishnaabemowin Language Programming diploma
    • Automotive Business diploma/Honours Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management) degree
    • Golf Facilities Management diploma/Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) degree
    • Marine Engineering Technician (Co-op) diploma/Marine Technology – Navigation (Co-op) advanced diploma/Marine Engineering Management graduate certificate
  • Most recently launched full-time programs
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree with Electrical Engineering Technology advanced diploma
    • Baking and Pastry Arts certificate
    • Biotechnology – Health diploma
    • Communications and Professional Writing graduate certificate
    • Food and Nutrition Management graduate certificate
    • Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) degree with Environmental Technician diploma
    • Paralegal graduate certificate
    • Public Relations – Corporate Communications graduate certificate
  • Entrepreneurship at Georgian
    • Georgian is a trailblazer in entrepreneurship and social innovation education, with entrepreneurial outcomes embedded in every program
    • Students receive mentoring, training and support from the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Research and innovation at Georgian
    • The Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre – a space where businesses, students and community will collaborate on innovative new projects – is currently under construction at the Barrie Campus
    • At the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, Georgian students and staff partner with industry to meet a wide range of research and development needs

Our students

  • The GTA (Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto) accounts for 10% of our new enrolment
  • Average age: 23.17
  • 54% female, 46% male
  • 5% self-identify as Indigenous
  • 14% of students have college credentials and 9% have university credentials
  • 34% of applicants are directly from high school, 58% are non-direct and 8% are unknown
  • Georgian’s traditional catchment of Simcoe, Grey, Bruce and Dufferin Counties and Muskoka District accounts for 63% of our new enrolment

Economic impact

  • Annual regional economic impact of $188 million, provincially $306 million; 2015-16 annual budget: $186 million