About us

Georgian College is one of 24 publicly funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario.

At Georgian, we work together with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op work experiences with top employers.

Our students graduate with entrepreneurial mindsets and are ready to think, create, lead and do.

General information

  • established in 1967, Georgian is currently celebrating 50 years of innovation in education
  • 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
  • mission: Inspire innovation, transform lives and connect communities through the power of education
  • values: Excellence, community, engagement, integrity, inclusion and sustainability
  • 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 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
    • 4,000 Georgian students participated in experiential learning last year
    • all our programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning
  • Georgian grads get jobs:
    • we’re number one in graduate employment – 87.3% graduate employment rate (the highest of all English-language Ontario colleges, according to 2016-17 Key Performance Indicators)
    • our graduate employment rate has exceeded the provincial average for more than a decade
  • other Key Performance Indicator score highlights:
    • 78.3% graduate satisfaction
    • 90.2% employer satisfaction
    • 79% student satisfaction and engagement
  • student numbers:
    • 68,000 alumni
    • 11,000 full-time students
  • international education:
    • 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:
  • Georgian also supports Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville
  • 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- and part-time)
  • more than $2.5 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
    • Georgian President and CEO
    • one student
    • one faculty member
    • one support staff member
    • one administrative staff member


Our students

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

Economic impact

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