Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is a post-secondary educational institution in Toronto, Ontario offering programs at the baccalaureate, diploma, certificate and post-graduate levels.
The college was established during the formation of Ontario’s college system in 1967. The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology were established on May 21, 1965. The school was founded as part of a provincial initiative to provide career-oriented diploma and certificate courses, as well as continuing education programs to Ontario communities.
Seneca’s first homes from 1967 to 1969 were various buildings in North York:
- 43 Sheppard Avenue East – it was a converted factory. The college vacated it for Newnham Campus and is now a lower rise office tower.
- North York Board of Education Offices
- Woolworth Store at Sheppard Avenue East and Yonge Street
- Lewis Beattie Secondary School (now Drewy Secondary School) at Drewy Avenue west of Yonge Street
Seneca has 4 main campuses, and a total of 10 campuses located throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Each campus has its own academic specialties.
Newnham Campus: The Newnham Campus is one of the largest college campuses in Canada. It is home to full and part-time programs in the areas of Business, Applied Arts, Applied Science and Engineering Technology. The campus is home to a 1,113 bed residence along with a sports centre. It is located on the north side of Finch Avenue at Hwy. 404 (Don Valley Parkway) and Finch Avenue East. The building was opened in 1969 involving various architects (William H.D. Hurst (Phase 1); John B. Parkin (Phase 2 with Searle, Wilbee and Rowland); Abram, Nowski and McLaughlin (arena)). In 1973 a 1,100 square foot domed planeterium was added to Phase 3 section of the campus, but it has since closed. In fall 2011, Seneca’s newest building, designed for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, was officially opened at the campus. The new building features: three 80-seat classrooms; twenty-three 40-seat classrooms; fourteen 40-seat computer labs; a multi-purpose auditorium for 240 students that can be turned into a conference room or two 120-seat lecture halls; increased computing commons and library space; several new areas of collaborative student study and work space; a new “front door” for the campus and improved campus access for people with disabilities.
Seneca@York campus: 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 Toronto campus, including Creative Arts and Animation, Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry, English and Liberal Studies and Information and Communications Technology.
King Campus: King Campus is located in a natural setting of 282 hectares (697 acres) of woods, lake and fields. It is home to full and part-time programs in the areas of applied arts and health sciences. Programs at this campus include: 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 offers training in Underwater Skills. It is also home to a 233 bed residence.
Markham Campus: Markham Campus opened its doors in 2005, becoming the first post-secondary education facility in the city of Markham. The campus is home to full and part-time programs in the areas of business, marketing, tourism and aviation.
Jane Campus: Jane Campus is home to Seneca’s Centre for Advanced Technologies. Students studying at the campus pursue careers in the areas of Tool Design, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and Metals Machining Trades such as Tool & Die Maker and Mould Maker. The building can be seen from the westbound collector lanes of Highway 401 and is located at 21 Beverly Hills Drive in Toronto.
Buttonville Campus: Buttonville is the home of Seneca’s fleet of aircraft and flight training devices, used for training by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation Program. All in-flight training is undertaken through the facilities at the Buttonville Airport. Classroom-based instruction is divided between Markham and Buttonville Campuses. Seneca’s fleet currently consists of 14 aircraft: 9 Cessna 172s, 4 Beechcraft Bonanzas and 2 Beechcraft Barons.
Seneca’s community campuses offer community-based services delivered by the College such as employment services for adults and specialized programs for Internationally-Trained Immigrants and academic upgrading.
- Newmarket Campus: The Newmarket Campus offers Employment Ontario services and access to resources and information. Programs at this location include employment counselling, job search workshops and job development services. Academic Upgrading is offered in the day and evening. Computer skills training is also available. The campus is located in the Weston Produce Plaza, 16655 Yonge St., Unit 3 Newmarket, Ontario.
- Scarborough Campus: The Scarborough site offers Employment Ontario services and access to resources and information. Programs at this location include employment counselling, job search workshops, job development services and specialized programs for skilled immigrants such as mentorship. Academic Upgrading is offered in the day and evening. It is located at 3660 Midland Ave. 2nd Floor, Scarborough, Ontario.
- Vaughan Campus: The Vaughan Campus officially opened its doors on January 28, 2011. The new campus (located at 1490 Major Mackenzie Drive West, Unit D5) offers Vaughan residents a range of services, including academic upgrading, employment services and workplace essential skills training for professionals, as well as a centre for entrepreneurship.
- Yorkgate Campus: 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 offers more than 145 full-time programs and 135 part-time programs including 14 Bachelor’s degrees. 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.
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.
Faculties and Schools
Applied Arts & Health Sciences
- Animal Health
- Community Services
- Early Childhood Education
- English and Liberal Studies
- Health Sciences
- Public Safety and Police Studies
- Underwater Skills
Applied Science & Engineering Technology
- Agilent Technologies Institute
- Aviation and Flight Technology
- Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry
- Centre for Advanced Technologies
- Centre for the Built Environment
- Information and Communications Technology
- English and Liberal Studies
- Fire Protection
- York/Seneca Institute for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
- Accounting & Financial Services
- Business Management
- Centre for Financial Services
- Centre for Human Resources
- English and Liberal Studies
- Legal and Public Administration/Office Administration
Communication, Art & Design
- Creative Arts and Animation
- English and Liberal Studies
- Media & Marketing
- International Business
- English Language Institute
- Liberal Arts Programs
Continuing Education and Training
- Part-time programs at Seneca
Workforce Skills Development
- Business Office Skills
- Career Programs for Internationally Trained Persons
- Career Change
- College Preparation for Adults
- Employment Training and Business Services
- Services for Skilled Immigrants
- Workforce Re-entry Programs for Employment Ontario Clients
The Seneca Libraries provide students, faculty and staff with resources and services both online and on-site to enhance academic pursuits. The libraries offer print, audio visual and electronic resources including books, magazines, journals, videos, DVDs, slides, recordings and a variety of topical databases. Services include research support, library instruction and a large circulating collection. The libraries provide online help through e-mail and the live reference chat service, “AskON”. As well, the Seneca Libraries’ website hosts comprehensive research guides tailored to program specific offerings which supports the learning experience. Through the Audio-Visual department they offer a centralized media collection and equipment for class presentations and assignments to all faculty, staff and students. Their state of the art facilities, located at Newnham, York University, Markham and King campuses offers student spaces for group and individual study, audio visual screening classrooms and electronic training centers . They provide a large number of workstations equipped with instructional software and information resources tailored to course requirements.
The Seneca Student Federation, campus clubs, and athletics offer the chance to get involved in the wider community. Energetic and active students take on the task of representing their peers in the SSF. Planning and promoting events, participating in campus culture days, joining a club for interest, or going on trips for professional development are only a small number of activities students can engage in. Seneca’s student government and councils can play an active role in student life, by offering programs & events along with running the campus pub and in-house radio station.
Seneca College currently offers residence at both the Newnham Campus and the King Campus. Seneca residences are composed of suite-style units containing two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchenette. Each bedroom contains a double bed, desk, chair, closet and dresser space, as well as cable TV, internet access and phone. Students also have access to a common kitchen, laundry rooms, lounge areas, games room and a convenience store. Buildings have a front desk and 24-hour video monitoring, and are accessed by swipe card. The Newnham Campus residence holds 1,113 students while the King Campus only holds 233 students. Residents of the Newnham Campus Residence have the pleasure of a dining hall, a convenience store and a subway restaurant all within the residence. Seneca College Residence have organized a free shuttle service from the Newnham Campus to Markham, Seneca@York and King Campuses.
The school’s athletic teams are named “The Sting”. The Seneca Sting is one of the most-decorated athletic program in the history of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) having won more than 450 medals since 1967. Seneca has fifteen varsity sports teams, including Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Curling, Fastball, Golf, Rugby, Skiing, Soccer, and Volleyball, for both male and female student-athletes. The Seneca Sports center located at the Newnham Campus includes a full ice arena, a triple gymnasium, 6 tennis courts, a softball diamond, 2 beach volleyball courts, a soccer field, a fitness center along with a dance studio. Seneca College also offers various fields, gymnasiums and equipment at different campuses. The Elite 1 Professional Development League, plays at the Newnham Campus Gym. Elite 1 is a league created to further the development of Canadian basketball players, while making itself inclusive to professionals from other countries.
The College joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.