Saint Mary's University

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Located in Halifax, Saint Mary's University has a student population of 7,500 students and is recognized as one of Canada's most internationalized campuses with students from more than 94 countries. Founded in 1802, Saint Mary's strives on turning students into global citizens through a globalized curriculum and more than $4.2 million in scholarships to support student success.

Areas of Expertise

Saint Mary's offers an AACSB accredited Business program, a cutting edge Faculty of Science where students can pursue research opportunities, an innovative Bachelor of Arts degree, Engineering, and Pre-Professional programs.

On Campus Housing

We know that living in residence will probably be your first time away from home. That’s why the residence is focused on building a community to help students succeed with their newfound independence. Join our more than 1,200 students that live in residence and live in the heart of university life. Each residence has meal plans with special meals such as vegetarian and vegan available.

Incoming Students

The Centre for New Students is designed around your needs. We can help you with pre-admission counselling, course selection and registration for new students, link you with appropriate academic departments and support services, and most importantly, find answers to your specific questions to help ensure your success. The Centre can also serve as a “home base” for you once you arrive on campus.

Career Planning

Your education is all about your career and your future. Career counsellors and the new Career Development Centre offers free career services to students. The centre can help you learn more about identifying careers, learning more about the job market, and defining your employable skills and abilities. Gain valuable career experience in the field of your choice through the Co-operative Education program. As part of the Arts, Commerce, or Science degrees, you have the option to benefit from practical, paid work experience while completing your degree. You can work anywhere in Canada or around the world. Students in the Co-op program work with an Employment Development Officer who will help strengthen your entire job search process, have access to exclusive job postings and have the opportunity to apply classroom theories in a real work environment.


Saint Mary’s has world class recreation facilities, including a fitness centre, an all-weather track, racquetball and squash courts, sauna and steam room, a gymnasium, and a skating rink. As a full-time student, you have access to all of these facilities. Our Saint Mary’s Huskies varsity sports teams have a reputation for excellence, winning 55 Atlantic University Sports (AUS) championships and seven Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships.


The Saint Mary’s community has more than 70 clubs and societies, both academic and social. There is something to meet everyone’s interest.

Information Technology

Technology plays a large part of today’s ever changing world. That’s why Saint Mary’s maintains up to date technology in every aspect of the learning environment. Every student has free Internet access 24 hours a day, whether it’s in one of our 24 hour computer labs, our wireless campus, or in your own residence space.

Special Services

Saint Mary's is a pioneer in helping students with disabilities obtain post-secondary education. The Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Disabled Students specializes in providing assistance to students who require their services and offers an accessible campus. Many of our residence rooms have also been adapted to accommodate students with special needs in residence. The campus is totally accessible for students with disabilities and is almost fully interconnected by pedways and tunnels. In addition, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Disabled Students offers technical aids for hearing impaired students for classroom use, the Ferguson Tape Library for print handicapped students, Visual Language Interpreting program, tutor/note taking program, and a deaf educator/counsellor. A screening in program evaluates admission requirements and examination criteria for hearing impaired students as well.

International Involvement

You can experience the world in your classroom with our globalized curriculum or see the world for yourself by studying abroad. You can study in another country for a semester or even an entire academic year. The choices are endless and made even more possible with the help of scholarships and bursaries. You can also join an instructor and group on an international study tour or accompany faculty on a global research project. Saint Mary’s has signed agreements with over 30 universities around in the world!

Campus Tour

We believe that a campus visit is one of the most important parts in selecting a university. A campus visit brings alive everything you’ve read and helps you determine if Saint Mary’s is the best place for you. One of our Student Ambassadors will be eager to show you around and answer all of your important questions. You can reserve your own campus tour by visiting One week advance booking is recommended.


Students entering first year are welcomed to join the LEAP Program which promotes learning excellence and a smooth transition from high school into university. Students in this porgram choose a learning community with twenty-nine other students in their same faculty. A learning community is a bundle of essential first year classes. LEAP students take these classes together, have the help of a senior student (Peer Mentor), and attend free academic programs. This year-long program is free and will help you ease into university life, while meeting friends and gaining valuable skills.

Modified on July 25, 2017