About us

At Georgian, we work 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 the skills and the mindset to be innovative thinkers and changemakers who can transform their workplaces and communities.

Our vision is to accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships.

General information

  • Established 1967
  • Georgian is the first and only college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U for our role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.
  • One of the highest graduate employment rates among Ontario colleges
    • 89.7% of our alumni found work within six months of graduation, well above the provincial average, which we’ve exceeded for 20 years (2018-19 KPIs)
  • Recognized leader in student work experience:
    • Ontario’s #1 co-op college
    • 6,200 employer partners
    • Pioneer in co-op programs across the province with highest percentage of students enrolled in paid co-op work terms in the Ontario college system (based on OCAS 2019 fall enrolment figures)
    • All programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning and most offer formal work-integrated opportunity-ranging from paid co-op terms to internships and field placements
  • 85,000 alumni, 13,000 full-time students, including 4,500 international students from 85 countries speaking more than 110 languages (as of March 2020 audit)
  • seven campuses:
  • Downtown Barrie Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre
  • Barrie Campus home to Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre – the first in our region providing students and industry partners with access to research, incubator, changemaker and fabrication space
  • Career and Employment Community Services locations in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville
  • On-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound; variety of off-campus housing options
  • Indigenous Resource Centres in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound
  • Approximately 2,600 full- and part-time employees
  • $3+ million in bursaries and scholarships available each year
  • Board of Governors consists of:
    • 12 appointees from cross-section of communities
    • Georgian President and CEO
    • Representative each for students, faculty, support staff and administrators
  • Georgian is a transformative experience that connects students to the skills they need, the mindset to succeed, and the confidence to thrive
  • We produce graduates who are fully connected to their potential, their industry, their community and the world

Our students

  • Average age: 23
  • 85% are 25 and younger, 42% are 19 or younger
  • 50% identify female and 50% male
  • 2.5% self-identify as Indigenous
  • 14% have college credentials, 13% have university credentials

Georgian applicants:

  • 38% directly from high school
  • 62% per cent non-direct
  • Traditional catchment area of Simcoe, Grey, Bruce and Dufferin counties and the District Municipality of Muskoka accounts for 61% of first-year enrolment
  • GTA (Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto) accounts for 18% of first-year enrolment

Economic impact*

  • Total annual impact in catchment area is $1.2 billion-approximately $970 million from alumni, $166 million from operations and $26 million from student spending
  • This is equal to approximately 5.3% of total gross regional product (GRP), or approximately 12,786 jobs supported
  • For every tax dollar invested in Georgian, there’s a $15.40 return
  • For every dollar students invest in their education at Georgian, they’ll receive a return of $5.10 in higher future earnings

*based on fiscal year 2016-17, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International

The economic value of Georgian College: $1.2 billion added income, 12,786 jobs supported