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Mount Saint Vincent University

Mount Saint Vincent University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1873


Mount Saint Vincent University

At a time when women could not vote, Mount Saint Vincent was the only institution in Canada dedicated to higher education for women. Today, the commitment to the advancement of women lives on at the hilltop campus. After a $12-million fundraising campaign, the new environmentally friendly Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research opened in 2015. The centre is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, business, tourism and communications. “This is the first academic building in Canada devoted throughout to honouring and telling the stories of women,” says Ramona Lumpkin, who wraps up seven years as president. (Mary Bluechardt will succeed her.) Mount Saint Vincent takes a personalized approach to education and encourages socially responsible citizens. Class sizes are small and profs really do know everyone by their first name. Students get meaningful references when applying for graduate studies or jobs. The university also personalizes schedules so, for example, a student who is a parent can complete classes and still be home when the kids return from school. The Mount is home to a long-standing, accredited co-op education program; students across all Mount programs have opportunities to gain hands-on experience as part of their studies. Although it’s less than eight kilometres to downtown Halifax, students say the heavily treed campus feels like a retreat. Deer sometimes graze on the Mount’s community garden, which was built to provide access to sustainably managed food.

READ: The Mount Saint Vincent experience through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs

Public Relations: The Mount was the first Canadian university to offer a degree in this area in 1977. It has been recognized by the Canadian Public Relations Society for its excellence in public relations education.

Public Policy Studies: Delve into real-world problems in areas such as health, the economy,  foreign affairs and the environment; includes a 12-week internship.

Tourism and Hospitality Management: Students benefit from small class sizes, experiential learning and the chance to learn alongside faculty who have a wide-range of research interests and industry experience.

Cool Courses

Politics of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Explores the relationship between literature and politics through the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Rap, Resistance, and Religion: Examines contemporary debates around religion through the lens of hip hop culture.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 71.2%
Commerce: 73.6%
Arts: $6,548 ($7,831 out-of-province); Science: $6,908 ($8,191 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 28.1
3rd & 4th year: 20.2
Undergraduates: 3,004
Graduates: 839
399 (260 reserved for first years) Graduation: 71.5%
Retention: 73.3%

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