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About the Ontario Agricultural College

The Ontario Agricultural College is a global leader of scientific knowledge and applied learning that aims to tackle complex challenges facing our world. 

We are founded in agriculture and connected to all things related to food, animals, communities and the environment. The OAC community includes approximately 3,700 diploma, undergraduate and graduate students, 35,000 alumni, 140 faculty and 600 staff members. 

Ranked #1 in Canada
for agricultural sciences
Ranked #2 in Canada
for plant and animal sciences
Established in 1874
150 years of impact
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Our Purpose:

To Improve Life by inspiring leaders, generating knowledge and creating innovative solutions for food, agriculture, communities and the environment.

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Ridgetown Campus

Located near London, Ontario, Ridgetown Campus delivers associate diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and continuing education programs and is utilized for agri-food research and learning. Throughout the years the campus has grown and evolved to include a wide range of innovative research, extension programs and business development activities.

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The Arboretum

Established in 1970, The Arboretum encompasses 400 acres adjacent to campus featuring plant collections, gardens, walking trails, natural woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. The Arboretum is integral to many undergraduate courses, and acts as a 'living laboratory', providing support, expertise, and a wide variety of plants, species, and environments for researchers.

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Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

OAC is committed to developing and inspiring the next generation of sustainable leaders in the food, agriculture and related sectors. The below initiatives and projects illustrate OAC's commitment to career-focused teaching and learning.

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Graduate Destinations Project

The Graduate Destinations initiative shares employment data of over 3,050 alumni who graduated with a master's or PhD from 1999 to 2019. OAC graduates are employed in all sectors including post-secondary, private, government, and not-for-profit.

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Planning for Tomorrow Project

This OAC commissioned study determined there is a significant gap between the supply of graduates from OAC programs and demands of the agri-food sector. This initiative is evolving to prepare students with the skills needed to succeed and support the future of the agriculture and food sectors.

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Student Liaison Program

OAC's Student Liaison Program connects high school students with educational and professional opportunities that exist within the areas of agriculture, food, environmental sciences, and community development through unique experiential learning opportunities.

The Ontario Agricultural College and its campuses, and various research locations are home to many past, present, and future First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Our students, faculty and staff work, study and research around the world, primarily across what is known as North America. Each location has its own histories, often impacted by colonization and current-day contexts. Our campuses reside within the Dish with One Spoon territory, which reminds us that we all share the one dish and spoon. We are responsible for ensuring that the dish is never empty and that all can access the spoon.