Georgian College is one of 24 publicly funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario. Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, Georgian prepares students to become not only job seekers, but also job creators. Georgian works together with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum as well as quality work placements and co-op experiences.

With more than 125 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Part-time Studies registrants annually.

Georgian quick facts

At Georgian, we work together with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers. Our students graduate with innovative mindsets – they are ready to think, create and do.

Below you’ll find some other interesting facts about Georgian. Looking for something not listed here? Please contact us.

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  • Established in 1967, known for attracting the best partnerships with local and international employers and for providing industry with highly skilled graduates to sustain and grow their operations
  • Vision: Accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships
  • Ontario’s #1 co-op college – a recognized leader in student work experience
    • Georgian offers the most co-op programs in the Ontario college system
    • Georgian also has the highest percentage of programs with co-op
    • 6,200 employers partner with Georgian to offer student work experiences
    • 4,000 Georgian students completed co-op work terms last year
    • All our programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning
  • A leader in graduate employment – 87.8% graduate employment rate, the highest of all English-language Ontario colleges (2015-16 Key Performance Indicators)
  • Other Key Performance Indicator score highlights
    • 80.5% graduate satisfaction
    • 90.5% employer satisfaction
    • 79.1% student satisfaction and engagement
  • 67,000 alumni
  • 11,000 full-time students, including 1,100 international students from 60 countries
  • Seven campuses:
    • Barrie
    • Midland
    • Muskoka (Bracebridge)
    • Orangeville
    • Orillia
    • Owen Sound
    • South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)
    • Plus Kempenfelt Conference Centre, and Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville
  • On-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound and a variety of off-campus housing options
  • 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 including a Student Services Centre, entrepreneurship, technology, collaborative learning spaces and awards and scholarships
  • 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


More than 125 career-focused programs

  • Five highest enrolment programs in 2015-16
    • Practical Nursing
    • Pre-Health Sciences
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Collaborative Program
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Police Foundations
  • Academic areas
    • Indigenous Studies
    • 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
    • Liberal Arts
    • Marine Studies
    • Skilled Trades
  • More than 590 articulation and transfer agreements with 56 institutions around the world
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Academic upgrading
  • A wide variety of part-time studies options
  • Degrees, including two degree-diplomas with Lakehead University
  • Graduate certificates
  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Niche programs
    • Anishnaabemowin Language Programming
    • Automotive Business/Bachelor of Business (Automotive Management)
    • Golf Facilities Management/Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management)
    • Marine Engineering Technician (Co-op)/Marine Technology – Navigation (Co-op)/Marine Engineering Management
  • New programs for 2016-17
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree with Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma (with Lakehead University)
    • Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree with Environmental Technician Diploma (with Lakehead University)
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
    • Biotechnology – Health
    • Community Development and Social Innovation
    • Food and Nutrition Management
    • Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance
    • Public Relations – Corporate Communications
    • Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-profit Sector


  • 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


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

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