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About us

Georgian is MORE than an education ― it’s an experience! 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 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. Read our 2022-24 strategic plan.

General information

These quick facts are based on data collected in May 2022 unless dates indicate otherwise.

  • 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
  • Key performance indicators (2021-21)
    • Georgian has one of the highest graduate employment rates among Ontario colleges; 85.8% of our alumni found work within six months of graduation, well above the provincial average – which we’ve exceeded for more than 20 years
    • When asked to rate how well the college has prepared Georgian grads, employers reported 100% satisfaction for the second year in a row
    • Despite the challenges of a global pandemic and the impact on our economy, our graduates’ satisfaction with their Georgian experience grew by almost 6% to 82.5%, exceeding the provincial average
  • Recognized leader in student work experience:
    • 100% of our programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning and most offer a formal work-integrated opportunity, ranging from paid co-op terms to internships and field placements
    • In addition to traditional co-op, students can apply for an Entrepreneurial Co-op (eCo-op) where they can start a business, or an Innovation Co-op (iCo-op) where they’ll work with peers from various disciplines to create products or services that meet community needs
  • 94,000 alumni (June 2022)
  • 10,200 full-time students, including over 4,400 international students from 83 countries speaking more than 35 languages (March 2022 audit)
  • Approximately 1,950 full- and part-time employees
  • Economic impact: total annual impact in catchment area is $1.7 billion or 22,752 jobs supported (based on fiscal year 2019-20, analysis conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International)
  • 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
  • Wiidookdaading Indigenous Resource Centres in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound
  • Close to $4 million in bursaries, awards and scholarships available each year
  • Board of Governors consists of:
    • 12 appointees from cross-section of communities
    • Georgian President and CEO
    • Vice President (Board Secretary)
    • Representative each for students, faculty, support staff and administrators


Our students

  • Average age: 23
  • 76% are 25 and younger, 40% are 19 or younger
  • 52% identify female, 47% % male and 0.2% another gender identity
  • 2.5% self-identify as Indigenous

Georgian applicants:

  • 30% directly from high school; 70% non-direct
  • Traditional catchment area of Simcoe, Muskoka, Bruce, Dufferin and Grey accounts for 63% of domestic enrolment
  • GTA (Toronto, York, Durham, Halton and Peel) accounts for 19% of domestic enrolment

Georgian connects students to the skills they need, mindset to succeed, and confidence to thrive. We produce graduates who are fully connected to their potential, industry, community and the world.

Being here can lead to amazing things!