Located in the vibrant city of Halifax, Saint Mary’s University is home to a diverse and inclusive community of over 7,500 faculty, staff and students, and boasts a globally-connected network of over 50,000 alumni. We’ve been inspiring and expanding minds for over 200 years. Today, thanks to research excellence and unique programs, it has become Nova Scotia’s second-largest research university by research income. Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely recognized for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
Here, a strong sense of community, engaged faculty and students, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative research can be seen in the communities that surround our campus. Our students, researchers and faculty share the desire to make a positive difference and create value in the world.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose Saint Mary's University
1. A rich supportive community
The campus is located on a single, beautiful city block. You will quickly form meaningful connections with other students, and feel warmly comfortable in your new home. When you feel cared for, you can accomplish more.
For student families, graduate students, and other eligible individuals, Saint Mary’s University offers one and two-bedroom apartments. Additionally, the surrounding South End of Halifax offers an abundance of student housing options in a vibrant urban setting. Here, you’ll be close to campus, the downtown core, green spaces, and great local life. For information on Family and Graduate Housing monthly rental rates, visit: smu.ca/campus-life/family-and-graduate-housing.
2. Professors that know you
With average introductory class sizes of just 40, you will not only feel connected to other students, but you'll be able to get to know your professors. With access to professors who care about your academic performance and your future, you have the kind of personal support that makes a difference.
3. Learning by doing
At Saint Mary's, we believe students learn better and faster when they put theory to work in the real world. To that end, we offer experiential learning opportunities, labs, co-op, (internships in all faculties), travel abroad, and real research possibilities.
4. A wealth of research opportunities
If you’re further along in your academic career, browse the many graduate program opportunities we offer (many of which are unique in the region).
5. The tradition of academic excellence
About 98% of our full-time professors have their Ph.D., which is more than any other university in the province. These accomplished professors bring their depth of experience to the classroom, for your benefit, and our rich community of alumni brings the real world to you. If you ever need a helping hand along the way, academic support, health, career, and admissions assistance are at your service.