Ottawa Private Colleges Overview

Private colleges provide a level of specialized training and application that is difficult to match. Ottawa as a city has several options for anyone looking to advance themselves, try a new career or enhance their skill sets through study at a private college.

The step by step list below details a bevy of private colleges that range from large and diverse in course offerings to extremely specific schools with one major subject of study. It is important to note that one should research extensively and discuss with faculty and administration in order to determine what is the best fit for them. This list aims to aid that process immensely.

For a list of some of Ottawa’s other post-secondary schools, see the step by step guide here.


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    Herzing College (Ottawa)

    Founded in 1965, this college offers an array of subjects and diploma programs. This campus is part of a much larger network of colleges educating students in Health Care, Technology and Business across Canada.

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    Everest College

    A similar institution to Herzing, Everest offers diploma and certificate programs in Health Care, Business and Technology. There are several campuses across the U.S. and Ontairo. There are two campuses in Ottawa.

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    Academy of Learning Career and Business College

    This college offers career and business training is specific and varied fields via diploma and certificate programs. This campus is part of a large network across Canada.

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    Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa

    Part of the famous French institution with over a century of expertise and training in the fields of culinary arts and hospitality, this is the foremost school of its kind in the area.

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    Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy

    Ottawa’s very own designer Richard Robinson opened this college to offer training in fashion design on both a full-time and part-time basis in English and French. It is a truly unique school with a singular focus and strong curriculum.

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    The Loft Academy

    With a focus on hair design, The Loft Academy offers a 1880 hour course that produces high level hair stylists with a reputation for quality.

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    Canadian National Institute of Health

    This school focuses on careers in dentistry and uses state of the art teaching methods and technology in its courses.

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    International Academy of Massage

    This Ontario based school focuses on careers in massage therapy and has had a strong reputation since beginning in 1980.

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    Versailles Academy of Make-up Arts, Esthetics and Hair

    Utilizing small class sizes, this school focuses on creating strong careers in hair, make up and esthetics.

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    Willis College of Business, Health and Technology

    With courses that range from 16 to 48 weeks in the fields of business administration, healthcare and technology, Willis College produces work ready graduates province-wide that are prepared for life beyond school.

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