Seneca College

Established

1967

Main Campus

1750 Finch Avenue East
North York, Ontario
M2J 2X5


Anchored in Canada’s largest city with campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca is at the forefront of providing student-focused teaching and learning that is redefining how people think about postsecondary education.

Seneca offers unique, innovative programming annually to more than 24,000 full-time students and 70,000 registrants. Seneca is known for offering high quality programs at the baccalaureate, diploma, certificate and post-graduate levels, including 88 diploma programs, 27 graduate programs, 14 Bachelor’s degrees, 19 certificate programs, and joint programs with University of Toronto, York University, and Trent University.

Seneca is a leader in pathways, partnering with 50 institutions in Ontario and worldwide to increase student choice and mobility. Seneca is dedicated to providing our students with great opportunities no matter what path they choose after graduating. Across all the credentials we offer, we are building more comprehensive internal and external pathways to new and enriching opportunities in a career or further education.

Our applied research program is contributing to the growth of Ontario’s creative and information economy. We are producing solution-focused, high-impact research that is improving local productivity, competitiveness, and innovative capacity. Our applied research program also provides unique experiential learning opportunities for our students by engaging them on the frontline of industry innovation, helping industry clients solve problems. Our areas of expertise include: flight technology, digital media, built environments, and open source technology.

Seneca offers training and re-employment services for internationally trained professionals as well as academic upgrading for college eligibility.

Campus locations:

  • Buttonville Airport (Toronto)
  • Jane Campus (Toronto)
  • King Campus (King City)
  • Markham Campus (Markham)
  • Newnham Campus (Toronto)
  • Seneca@York (Toronto)

COMMUNITY CAMPUSES

  • Newmarket Campus (Newmarket)
  • Yorkgate Campus (Toronto)
  • Scarborough Campus (Scarborough)
  • Vaughan Campus (Vaughan)

Institutional Data from 2011-2012 Academic Year

Students:

Full-time students 24,606
Part-time students 3,233
Total For- Credit Enrolment (Headcount) 27,839

 

Apprenticeship students 1,094
Full time International Students (including ESL) 4,920

Annual intake of new students:

2011-2012 12,774
2010- 2011 12,999
2009- 2010 12,771
2008- 2009 11,510
2007- 2008 11,118

Academics:

Standalone Bachelor’s Degrees 13
Joint Bachelor’s Degrees 1
Diplomas 88
Certificates 19
Apprenticeship Programs 4
Graduate Certificates 29

Graduation Data:

Total Graduates, academic year 2011- 2012 4,557
Graduate employment rate 79%

Applied Research and Innovation Services

Seneca collaborates with small- and medium-sized enterprises to resolve commercial problems and get new innovations from the campus into the marketplace. This enhances productivity and accelerates knowledge transfer by putting research into practice in a range of commercial sectors.

Recently, Seneca Professor Chris Tyler was among the first Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges named by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The $1 million renewable five-year grant recognizes Seneca’s expertise and establishes Tyler as a research leader in open source technology for emerging platforms.

Seneca also has two NSERC grants through the College and Community Innovation Program:

  • AVIATION: Seneca’sInnovation through simulation: Enhancing Canada's next generation of pilots is contributing to revitalizing Canada’s flight training industry by finding new, innovative uses of technology for flight training; advancing Canada’s knowledge and applied research expertise in the field of pilot technical and non-technical skill transfer; and fostering sustainable applied research partnerships.
  • OPEN SOURCE: With this grant, Seneca continues to scale and grow the research capacity of Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) to meet the ever-increasing needs of current and prospective partners. Seneca has become a world leader in academic involvement in the teaching and researching of open source software development. Working with such partners as Mozilla, IBM, and Red Hat, Seneca has pioneered a new method of student involvement in real-world open source software products.

The research focus includes expanding internet browser capabilities; creating better management tools to enhance enterprise use of open source; exploring open source processes that will help open source developers to be more productive; and helping partner SMEs with open source product development.

Read about some examples of Seneca’s applied research successes or visit the College’s Office of Research and Innovation.

Newcomer Integration

More than half of the immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have skilled work experience and/or a post-secondary education, yet they experience barriers to employment. Seneca is committed to meeting the needs of internationally-trained persons by providing education, training and support in order to create job-ready graduates who are prepared to make valuable contributions to Canada’s workforce.

The services and resources the College offers for internationally-trained professionals include: academic bridging programs and re-employment services such as English as a second language; mentoring; prior learning assessments; the Centre for Entrepreneurship; and workplace language training.

International Activities and International Educational Partnerships

Seneca prepares students from 113 countries for success in the global economy, by offering excellence in education, by creating a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning and working environment, by building strong relationships with our learners, our partners, our communities, and by preparing today's learners for tomorrow's careers.

Seneca is Ontario's college leader in university pathways with more than 270 individual degree pathways for graduates at 59 partner institutions in Canada and around the world.

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is renowned for their expertise in:

  • Animation
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Sciences and Engineering Technology
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Financial Services

Seneca offers Bachelor's Degrees in:

  • Business Management
  • Child Development
  • Financial Services Management
  • Aviation Technology
  • Human Resources Strategy and Technology
  • Informatics and Security
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Accounting and Finance
  • International Business Management
  • Nursing (Collaborative BScN Degree Program with York University)
  • Software Development
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Seneca's Close Industry partners

  • Air Molded Plastics
  • Argonault Corp.
  • Bespoke I/O
  • Blindside Networks Inc.
  • Bronskill & Co. Inc.
  • Heaven Fresh Canada Inc.
  • International Club Network Ltd. (ICN)
  • Jana Laboratories Inc.
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Newlaw Living Walls Inc.
  • NexJ Systems Inc.
  • P. Shore & Associates Inc.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • Red Hat/ Fedora
  • RND Ltd.
  • Siamons International (Planet People)
  • Tertec Enterprises Inc.
  • The Bauhab Inc.

 Top 5 countries of origin of International Students:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. South Korea
  4. Russian Federation
  5. Pakistan

Contact Information

Senior Executive:

David Agnew
President
(416) 491-5050 x77001
david.agnew@senecacollege.ca

    
Daniel Atlin
Vice-President, Strategy and College Affairs
(416) 491-5050 x77003
daniel.atlin@senecacollege.ca

 

What People are Saying

Small businesses that partner with colleges are often the primary drivers of the economy in their communities, bringing more innovative products to market faster.

Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario), November 14, 2013