The life of a college can be measured both by the success of its graduates and in its physical growth.

Seneca has graduated more than 175,000 students since its inception in 1967, and we have proudly seen them go on to be successful executives, senators, pilots, fashion designers, police officers, broadcasters and entrepreneurs.

The Seneca of today was a long time coming. When the College first opened its doors in 1967, classes were offered at a number of sites, including a former Woolworth store and a renovated factory.

Ground was turned in 1968 to create Seneca’s first permanent location on Finch Avenue East at Highway 404. The modest building grew in phases over the years and is today named after our founding president, Dr. William T. Newnham.

At the same time, Seneca created its Buttonville Campus to house its aviation program. Since then, our fleet has grown to include a total of 19 planes (single and twin engine), as well as simulators that allow students to gain experience in single-engine planes and multi-crew jet aircrafts.

The 700-acre King Campus, the former estate owned by the Eaton Family, followed in 1971.

Recent Years

Many other locations have housed Seneca programs but the next major expansion happened in 1999 with the opening of the Seneca@York Campus, the first college campus to be located on the grounds of a university.

In 2005, Seneca opened its Markham Campus. A former 10-storey office building, this unique campus is located in Markham’s business district, home to the head offices of many multinational and national businesses.

Seneca also has smaller campuses in Newmarket, Scarborough, Yorkgate and Vaughan, offering community-based services.

In 2011, Newnham Campus celebrated the opening of the environmentally friendly A+ Building, providing a new entrance to the campus, additional classrooms, study spaces and meeting areas.

The new Peterborough Aviation Campus opened to students in January 2014. The campus was created after owners of the Buttonville Airport, where Seneca’s aviation program had been based for more than 40 years, announced their intent to close the airport. The new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Peterborough Municipal Airport.

The Future

King Campus

King Campus was awarded provincial funding to revitalize the campus by modernizing current facilities and building more space for students while expanding Seneca’s programming in health and community services, pathways and natural environment and sustainability.


In 2016, the federal government announced a major capital investment fund for postsecondary institutions across Canada. Seneca applied for funding to support a major new building at the Newnham Campus. The Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) will be an exciting and brand new face for Seneca on Finch Avenue. The building will include classrooms, labs, innovation and entrepreneurial supports and a presentation gallery that incorporates Indigenous design.

Seneca 1967-2017