Mount Saint Vincent University

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Discover the difference. Mount Saint Vincent University is not only a university, it's a community. At MSVU, your class sizes are small and your professors know you by name. In fact, MSVU has one of the lowest professor-to-student ratios in Canada. This means that in first and second year 72% of our classes have less than 50 students. In third and fourth year, 65% of our classes have less than 25 students and none of our classes have more than 50 students.

More than 5,000 women and men from across Canada and around the globe take advantage of our distinctive programs and creative learning approaches. MSVU is proud of the fact that in any given year our student body represents at least 60 countries. We're also building an even better community! We've begun an exciting campus expansion that will bring leading-edge research space and increase our number of classrooms by 50%. A new residence, Westwood, opened in May 2003, which means more students can learn and live on our campus. Please contact us for more information.

Areas of Expertise

MSVU offers undergraduate programs in arts, sciences, education, and professional studies. This includes programs such as applied human nutrition, business administration, child and youth study, family studies and gerontology, information technology, public relations, tourism and hospitality management. Master's programs include applied human nutrition, child and youth study, family studies and gerontology, education (in adult education, curriculum studies, educational foundations, educational psychology, elementary education, literacy education, school psychology, and research masters), and women's studies. Diploma and certificate programs are also available.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:142 bedsLowest: $3,570Highest: $6,340
Co-ed:158 bedsLowest: $4,870Highest: $7,200

MSVU offers three styles of residence: Assisi Hall, a 12-story dormitory for 142 female students; the Birches, 5 townhouses each with 20 single rooms (female, co-ed, and international/mature student units); and Westwood, a new 158-bed co-ed residence with apartment-style and single dormitory accommodations.

Off Campus Housing

The Housing Office also provides housing guides and listings for those who want to live off campus. Off-campus housing is available and accessible. Rent for apartments can vary. Please contact the Student Affairs Housing Office for more information.

Incoming Students

We want to make your transition to university as easy, fun, and successful as possible. We have an entire department dedicated to student life. MSVU offers various resources to enrich academic and personal development and campus life, including academic advising, counselling, career and planning advice, health services, physioclinic, recreation facilities, intercollegiate sports, Students' Union, and study-skills workshops. There are network connections and computer workstations throughout the campus, including residences, the library, and numerous student computer labs. We also have wireless access to the Internet across campus.

Career Planning

MSVU's Career Planning Centre offers a variety of career-related services for students, including counselling, information sessions and workshops, and assists students with career decision-making and job searching issues. Whether you are in the beginning stages of figuring out what you want to do for a career, looking for a part-time job to help pay the bills, or preparing for an interview for your dream job, the Career Planning Centre can help you.


In addition to exercising your mind, have some fun and keep physically active! Join one of our fitness classes, intramural sports teams, varsity teams, instructional programs, or campus recreation programs. We have free facility and fitness memberships to the Athletics and Recreation Centre for full-time MSVU students.


The Students' Union is composed of full- and part-time students of the University. The Union's sole purpose is to make sure that students get the most from their university experience. The Students' Union also manages various services on campus, including the variety store, pub, student lounge, games room, and the play centre for students' children.


MSVU has more than 25 campus clubs and student societies, run by and for students. Joining a club or society is an excellent way to meet new people and to become part of the MSVU community.

Information Technology

Each student has access to the University network, e-mail, and Internet, along with the latest version of software on all student workstations. There are network connections and computer workstations throughout the campus, including residences, the library, and numerous student computer labs and technology-equipped study areas. We also have wireless access to the Internet across campus.


MSVU is proud of the fact that in any given year, the student body represents at least 60 countries. Students can expand their cultural knowledge by visiting exhibitions in the nationally recognized art gallery, attending public lectures, or participating in theatre productions and concerts right here on campus.

Special Services

The University makes every effort to accommodate students with special needs. Prospective students with any form of physical or learning disability are asked to indicate this when applying for admission. Students can contact the admissions office to arrange a pre-application interview.

Affiliated Institutions

MSVU is home to numerous specialized resources and research facilities, including the Centre for Women in Business, the Institute for the Study of Women, the Child Study Centre, the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, and the new Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research and Policy Analysis.

International Involvement

MSVU has established student exchange programs with universities in Canada, the United States, and overseas. Current programs include the Nova Scotia/New England Student Exchange Program and the French and Spanish Year-Abroad Program (in Qu├ębec, France, and Spain). MSVU also continues to strengthen its relationship with the international community through new educational partnerships with institutions from around the globe including Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bermuda, and Barbados. These partnerships help make MSVU education accessible to all.

Campus Tour

Available anytime by contacting the Admissions Office. Tel: (902) 457-6117 E-mail: Web Site:


Health/Wellness: Health Office with medical doctor and physioclinic.

Modified on August 16, 2021