Seneca College

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Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Seneca College logo.svg
PresidentDavid Agnew
Students17,000 full-time; 90,000 part-time
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
NicknameThe Sting
AffiliationsColleges Ontario, CCAA, CICan, AUCC, CBIE, Polytechnics Canada, OCAA
MascotSammy Sting

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is a multiple-campus public college located in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. It offers full-time and part-time programs at the baccalaureate, diploma, certificate and graduate levels.


Seneca opened in 1967 as part of a provincial initiative to establish an Ontario-wide network of colleges of applied arts and technology providing career-oriented diploma and certificate courses as well as continuing education programs to Ontario communities. The province was responding to the increasing need for sophisticated applied learning as technology continued to change the nature of work and the provincial economy. General education was considered an important element in postsecondary education, and breadth courses continue to be a part of every program. In 2001 the colleges were granted the ability to offer baccalaureate degrees. Seneca is one of six colleges that can offer up to 15 per cent of its program activity at the degree level.[1]


Seneca has four main campuses, and a total of 10 campuses located throughout the Greater Toronto Area and in Peterborough. Each campus has its own academic specialties.

Newnham Campus[edit]

Student residence on Newnham campus

The Newnham Campus is one of the largest college campuses in Canada. It is home to more than 11,000 full-time students in business, engineering, aviation, early childhood education, fashion, opticianry, information and communications technology and liberal arts. The campus, named after founding president William T. Newnham, is also the site of extensive continuing education activity during the evenings and weekends. The campus also includes a 1,113-bed residence, sports centre and daycare centre. It is located west of the intersection of Highway 404 and Finch Avenue East.

The campus's first building was opened in 1969 and over the years has involved 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 planetarium was added to the Phase 3 section of the campus, but it has since closed.[2]

In fall 2011, Seneca's newest addition, designed for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, was officially opened at the campus. The new building, designed by Craig Applegath of Dialog, 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. The atrium in the new space was named after Frederick Minkler, Seneca's first chair of the board of governors.

Seneca@York campus[edit]

Seneca@York campus

Seneca@York Campus, located on York University's Keele Campus, features the Stephen E. Quinlan Building, designed by architect Raymond Moriyama and named after Seneca's third president. Seneca also shares the Technology Enhanced Learning Building with York. Several schools are located at this Toronto campus, including Creative Arts and Animation, Media, Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry, English & Liberal Studies and Information & Communications Technology.

King Campus[edit]

Eaton Hall, 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 applied arts and health sciences, including Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Behavioural Sciences, Police Foundations, Nursing, Social Service Worker (and Gerontology), Environmental Landscape Management, Recreation and Leisure Services, and Veterinary Technician. It also offers training in Underwater Skills. There is a residence on campus.

In June 2011, the Government of Ontario announced a $43 million project to expand services at the campus, including a new building with 25 classrooms, a library, computer services, and health care training laboratories. Once complete, it will support an additional 1,450 students, for a complement of 5,000 overall.[3]

Markham Campus[edit]

Markham campus

Markham Campus opened its doors in 2005, becoming the first post-secondary education facility in the city of Markham, Ontario. The campus houses full and part-time programs in the areas of business, marketing and tourism, and also the college's departments of Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology Services. Since 2011 the campus has also been home to the Confucius Institute.[4]

In 2017, York University announced its final plans to open a new campus west of the Markham Pan Am Centre in partnership with Seneca.[5] This facility was expected to open in 2021.[6][7] Funding of the project, $127 million, had been approved in June 2018 by the provincial government then in power.[8] On 23 October 2018 however, the new Provincial government (elected in June) withdrew the funding for plans such as this, effectively cancelling the York/Seneca satellite campus.[9]

Jane Campus[edit]

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 is located at 21 Beverly Hills Drive in Toronto and can be seen from the westbound collector lanes of Highway 401.

Peterborough Campus[edit]

Peterborough Airport in Peterborough is the home of Seneca's aviation campus, including a fleet of aircraft and flight training devices used by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation Program. Opened in January, 2014,[10] in response to the pending closure of Buttonville Airport, the campus serves the second, third and fourth years of the degree program, while first-year students study at Newnham Campus. Some courses and services at the Peterborough Campus are offered in partnership with Fleming College.

Seneca's fleet currently consists of 22 aircraft: 16 Cessna 172s (8 G1000 equipped), 3 Beechcraft Bonanzas and 3 Beechcraft Barons (1 G1000 equipped).

Community campuses[edit]

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[edit]

The Newmarket Campus offers Employment Ontario services and access to resources and information. Programs at this location include employment counselling, job search workshops, job development services and computer skills training. Academic upgrading is offered in the day and evening. The campus is located in the Weston Produce Plaza, 16655 Yonge St. in Newmarket.

Vaughan Campus[edit]

The Vaughan Campus, located at 1490 Major Mackenzie Drive West, in Vaughan, officially opened its doors on January 28, 2011. It offers services including academic upgrading, employment services and workplace essential skills training for professionals, as well as a centre for entrepreneurship.

Yorkgate Campus[edit]

Open since the 1990s, Yorkgate Campus has post-secondary programs as well as customized programs in academic upgrading and office systems. Serving as an access and outreach centre for the Jane-Finch community, Yorkgate also offers the Literacy and Basic Skills program along with a variety of employment-related provincial and federal programs, including since 2013 Practical Nursing and Social Service Worker. 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 in Toronto.

Former locations[edit]

Seneca's first homes from 1967 to 1969 were various buildings in North York:

Other former campuses and satellite sites include:

  • Yorkdale Campus on Dufferin Street south of Lawrence Avenue West in North York was home to the Travel and Tourism program from the 1980s to 2000. Formerly C.B. Parsons Junior High, it is now home to Fieldstone Day School. The building was owned by the North York Board of Education and is now owned by the Toronto District School Board.
  • Markham Learning Centre located at the northeast corner of McCowan Road and Highway 7: relocated to 6061 Highway 7 east of Markham Road (Employment and Community Services).
  • Buttonville Campus located at the Buttonville Airport housed the aviation program from 1968 to 2013. Relocated to Peterborough Airport.


Seneca@York Library

Seneca offers more than 145 full-time programs and 135 part-time programs including 14 Bachelor's degrees and 30 graduate certificates.[13]

Many programs offer experiential learning opportunities such as co-op, placements, internships and community service options, and some include a mandatory co-op period prior to graduation. Seneca also offers career search assistance to graduating students. Seneca College programs are developed and kept current with the assistance of advisory committees made up of industry members.

Seneca College has more than 70 transfer agreements with both local and international post-secondary institutions, including universities in Australia, England, South Africa and the U.S. These agreements allow students to apply their college education to obtain credit towards a university degree.

Faculties, Schools and Centres[edit]

Applied Arts & Health Sciences

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

Applied Science & Engineering Technology

Centre for Development of Open Technology, School of Information and Communications Technology
  • Agilent Technologies Institute
  • Aviation
  • Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry
  • Centre for Advanced Technologies
  • Centre for the Built Environment
  • Information and Communications Technology [ICT]
  • English and Liberal Studies
  • Fire Protection
  • York/Seneca Institute for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education


Faculty of Business on Newnham Campus
  • Accounting & Financial Services
  • Business Management
  • Centre for Financial Services
  • Centre for Human Resources
  • English and Liberal Studies
  • International Business
  • Legal and Public Administration/Office Administration
  • Marketing
  • Tourism

Communication, Art & Design

  • Animation Arts Centre
  • Creative Arts and Animation
  • English and Liberal Studies
  • Fashion
  • Media


  • English Language Institute

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts Programs

Part-time Studies (Continuing Education)

  • Business
  • Community
  • Creative
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Humanities
  • Language
  • Technology

Training and Employment Services

  • 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


Seneca Libraries offer print, audiovisual 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, “AskUS". The Seneca Libraries' website also hosts research guides tailored to program-specific offerings. The library facilities are located at the Newnham, York University, Markham and King campuses and offer facilities for group and individual study and electronic training centers, including workstations equipped with instructional software and information resources tailored to course requirements.


Seneca College Archives, Markham Campus Library

Seneca College Archives identifies, preserves, and makes available for use the documentary heritage of Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. It collects inactive records of long-term value produced by the departments and faculties of Seneca College, as well as the records of individuals and organizations closely associated with the college. The collection includes textual records, graphic records, sound and moving image records, architectural drawings, publications, artifacts, and more. The Archives' resources are open to all members of the College community and outside researchers for the purposes of research, teaching, publication, television and radio programs, and for general interest.


Seneca has been active in international education for decades and now attracts more than 3,500 international students each year. The largest sending countries are, in order, China, India and South Korea, followed by Russia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.[citation needed] Seneca's English Language Institute prepares international students for post-secondary study through intensive language training that can last anywhere from two months to more than a year. The college has several partnerships with overseas institutions and is expanding its activities in joint applied research and work/study abroad options.

Student life[edit]

The Seneca Student Federation, campus clubs, and athletics offer the chance to get involved in the wider community, including student government, a campus pub and an in-house radio station. Since the legalization of weed as of Oct 17, 2018 many students have been getting “Lit” or “Blem”. Students are also very frustrated with the residence staff as they are unfair.


King Campus Student Residence

Seneca College currently offers residence at both the Newnham Campus and the King Campus. Seneca residences are composed of suite-style units containing two smelly bedrooms, a dirty bathroom and kitchenette. Each bedroom contains a double bed, desk, chair, closet and dresser space, as well as cable TV, that nobody uses now. Internet access is very bad as the wifi keeps turning off every now and then. Students also have access to a common kitchen in one room of the building that is so small, there is really no point of even having it. Laundry rooms are available every other floor and some dryers burn your clothes. Lounge areas are always boring and empty, A games room and a convenience store are available downstairs. Buildings have a front desk and 24-hour video monitoring (they only monitor for students who sneak into the building going to their friends rooms. Not for any other kind of thing related to security). Rooms are accessed by a swipe card that needs to be reset every week because it stops working. The staff in the main office are horrible and unpleasant. The King Campus is much better. The residence houses 233 students in a three-storey low-rise structure, while the Newnham Campus residence houses 1,113 students in a high-rise tower with a dining hall, convenience store, and restaurant all within the building. Seneca College Residence have organized a free shuttle service from the Newnham Campus to the 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 programs in the history of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), having won more than 450 medals since 1967.[citation needed] Seneca has sixteen varsity sports teams, including Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Curling, Fastball, Golf, Rugby, Soccer, and Volleyball, for both male and female student athletes. The Seneca Sports Centre located at the Newnham Campus includes a full ice arena, a triple gymnasium, six tennis courts, a softball diamond, two beach volleyball courts, a soccer field, and a fitness center with a dance studio. Seneca College also offers various fields, gymnasiums and fitness equipment at other campuses.


The Grateful Dead performed at Seneca College's Field House on November 2, 1977. Other famous artists who performed in the late seventies at Seneca include Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy (1977), and Iggy Pop.[14]

Notable Senecans[edit]



  • Nanda Lwin - Music historian, author, journalist, and professor of civil engineering technology
  • Paula Todd - Journalist, author, and professor of broadcast journalism and digital media
  • Kennedy Jawoko - Journalist, 2014 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, 2015 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Professor of Journalism and Digital Media.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "College Baccalaureate Degrees and the Diversification Of Baccalaureate Production in Ontario" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Pavilons, Mark (7 May 2014). "Expansion plans for Seneca's King Campus move forward". King Weekly Sentinel. London Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Confucius Institute at Seneca Opening Ceremony - Seneca - Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ "York University – Markham Centre Campus". York University. 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Yes to York". York University. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  7. ^ Javed, Noor; Honderich, Holly (2015-05-20). "The university-college partnership will serve an estimated 4,000 students in York Region". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  8. ^ "Millions sunk into planning for three cancelled Ontario university campuses". Globe and Mail. 25 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Doug Ford government cancels funding for post-secondary campus expansions in Brampton, Milton, Markham". Global News. 23 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Seneca College's School of Aviation takes flight". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  11. ^ "The Seneca Story" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  12. ^ a b c "History". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ OCAS. "Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology". Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  14. ^ "AGO in Photos". AGO. Retrieved 24 February 2015.

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