Seneca College

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is a polytechnic institution that has approximately 90,000 part-time and 17,000 full-time students. With more than 100,000 students, Seneca is Canada's largest college. It offers programs in more than 260 fields.


The college was established during the formation of Ontario’s college system in 1967. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965. It is on a Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology. The school was founded as part of a provincial initiative to create many such institutions to provide career-oriented diploma and certificate courses, as well as continuing education programs to Ontario communities.


The College is located in the Greater Toronto Area and has several campuses. The Newnham campus is the primary campus. Seneca has two residence buildings: a 1,000-bed residence located at Newnham Campus, and a 233-bed residence located at King Campus. Seneca College is a member of Polytechnics Canada.

Faculties and Schools

Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences

  • School of Animal Health
  • School of Community Services
  • School of Early Childhood Education
  • School of English and Liberal Studies
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Public Safety and Police Studies
  • School of Recreation
  • School of Underwater Skills

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology

  • Agilent Technologies Institute
  • Centre for Advanced Technologies
  • Centre for the Built Environment
  • School of Aviation and Flight Technology
  • School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry
  • School of Civil & Resources Technology
  • School of English and Liberal Studies
  • School of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
  • School of Fire Protection
  • York / Seneca Institute for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Faculty of Business

  • Arts & Commerce
    • Centre for Financial Service
    • School of Accounting & Finance
    • School of Fashion & Merchandising
    • School of English and Liberal Studies
  • Management & Administrative Studies
    • Centre for Human Resources
    • School of Business Management
    • School of International Business
    • School of Legal and Public Administration
    • School of Marketing and e-Business
    • School of Office Administration
    • School of Tourism

Faculty of Information Arts & Technology

  • Animation Arts Centre
  • School of Communication Arts
  • School of Computer Studies
  • School of English and Liberal Studies

Faculty of Continuing Education

Faculty of Workforce Skills Development

  • College Preparation for Adults
  • Academic and Career Entrance
  • Business Office Skills
  • Services for Skilled Immigrants
  • Workplace Essential Skills

Seneca Libraries

Seneca Libraries has four libraries located at the King, Markham, Newnham and Seneca@York campuses. The libraries offer both print and electronic resources including 96 000+ books, 20 000+ ebooks, 30 000+ magazines, journals and newspapers; and 8 100 audio-visual materials. Services include intercampus and interlibrary loan, research skills, academic honesty/citing, and copyright instruction (information literacy); electronic course readings, a wide array of web-based research pathfinders, copyright clearance support, and face-to-face, telephone, email and synchronous online chat reference services. Audio-Visual Services offers technical support and equipment for class presentations and assignments.

Co-op Education

Co-operative programs give Seneca students the opportunity to integrate their college education with real-world experience before graduation. Seneca offers a wide range of co-op programs in a number of subject areas.

Some programs offer co-op options, while others include a mandatory co-op period prior to graduation. Seneca also offers work placement assistance to students upon graduation. All Seneca College programs are developed and kept current with the assistance of academic advisory committees. These committees are made up of Seneca's academic advisors and key industry members. They are in place to ensure the education students receive provides the skills necessary for career success.

University Transfer Agreement Policies

Seneca College has more than 70 transfer agreements with universities throughout the world including countries such as Australia, Canada, England, South Africa, and the U.S.A. These agreements allow students to apply their college education to obtain credit towards a university degree.

Institutions with which Seneca has transfer agreements include: University of British Columbia,University of Calgary, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, University of Guelph, University of Western Sydney in Australia and York University. These cover diverse program areas including Human Resources Management, Real Property Administration, Aviation and Flight Technology, Nursing, and Biochemistry.

Seneca College is continuously expanding its transfer and joint agreements with other post-secondary institutions to give students the most for their education and career success.


Seneca College has campuses in Toronto, Ontario and throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Buttonville Airport

2833 16th Avenue, Markham, ON

Buttonville is the home of Seneca's fleet of aircraft and flight training devices, utilized for training by students registered in the Aviation and Flight Technology Program. All in-flight training is undertaken through the facilities at the Buttonville Airport. Classroom-based instruction is divided between Markham and Buttonville Campuses.

Jane Campus

21 Beverly Hills Drive, North York, Ontario

Students on this campus are registered in pre-apprenticeship programs for Tool and Die Maker, Precision Machining and Mould Maker trades.

The building can be seen from the westbound collector lanes of Highway 401 (Ontario).

King Campus

13990 Dufferin Street, King City, ON

Located on 282 hectares of woods, lakes and fields, this campus offers students a broad range of study programs, including: Business, Early Childhood Education, Law Enforcement, Nursing, Social Service Worker (and Gerontology), Tourism Studies, Golf Course Technician, Environmental Landscape Management, Recreation and Leisure Services, Recreation Facility Management, and Veterinary Technician. It is also one of the few locations in Canada that offer training in the field of SCUBA and Surface Supplied Commercial Diving.

Markham Campus

10 Allstate Parkway, Markham, ON

Seneca’s 10-storey Markham Campus is a state-of-the-art, wireless learning facility with electronic classrooms, a computer commons, library, cafeteria, fitness centre, book store and flexible student learning spaces.

Located at highways 404 and 7, the Markham Campus is convenient for drivers and municipal transit users.

The Campus offers programs in Business Administration — Information Systems, General Business, Marketing, Marketing Administration, Brand Management, Business Intelligence, Interactive Marketing, Marketing Management, and Business Computer Studies. Other non-business administration programs include Tourism and Travel, and Aviation and Flight Technology.

Newmarket Campus

Weston Produce Plaza, 16655 Yonge St., Unit 3, Newmarket, ON

The Newmarket Campus offers community-based services delivered by Seneca College, the YMCA and the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS). Programs include employment services for adults, academic upgrading and computer skills training. The YMCA offers youth programs and information on recreational activities and community programs. The CHS offers numerous support services for the hearing impaired in York Region.

Newnham Campus

1750 Finch Avenue East, North York, ON

Newnham Campus is the academic and administrative centre of Seneca College. Located on the north side of Finch Avenue at Hwy. 404 (Don Valley Parkway) and Finch Avenue East, Newnham Campus is one of the largest college campuses in Canada. It houses full-time and part-time programs in Applied Arts, Business and Technology, as well as the Seneca Student Residence.


70 The Pond Road, North York, ON

Seneca@York Campus includes the Stephen E. Quinlan Building and the Technology Enhanced Learning Building, situated on the Keele Campus of York University. Several schools are located at this North York campus, including the Animation Arts Centre, Communication Arts, Computer Studies and Biological Science and Applied Chemistry, as well as Corporate Communications, Technical Communication and Liberal Arts programs.

Yorkgate Campus

1 York Gate Blvd., North York, ON

Students at the Yorkgate Campus can learn at their own pace with customized programs in academic upgrading and office systems. The Literacy and Basic Skills program is available, as are a variety of provincial and federal programs. The Employment Resource Centre offers assisted services and extended hours on evenings and Saturdays. The facility is located on the second floor of the Yorkgate Mall at Finch Avenue West and Jane Street.


Seneca College has several residences for students. The largest residence is located at Seneca's Newham campus in North York. There is also a smaller residence located at Seneca's King campus.



  • Nanda Lwin, music historian and professor of engineering technology

Sports Teams

The school's team name is 'The Sting'. Varsity sports at Seneca include:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Curling
  • Fastball - Women's
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Honorary Degrees

External links

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