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Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1802



Saint Mary's University Campus

Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Saint Mary’s University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh sea air. The university has a strong international community, with 33 per cent of those enrolled hailing from more than 115 countries. The school has forged partnerships with more than 40 institutions in 25 countries, offering students exchange programs and learning opportunities in countries such as China, Gambia and Ireland. Partnerships with two universities in China have been mutually beneficial for both universities. SMU’s Confucius Institute, partnering with Xiamen University in southeastern China, opened six years ago and offers courses on Chinese medicine and language. A new partnership with Beijing Normal University Zhuhai offers the bachelor of commerce program from the Sobey School of Business to Chinese students. “Saint Mary’s is proud to educate citizens of the world,” says president Robert Summerby-Murray. “Our global connections create an intellectual and cultural richness that few universities can equal.” The university has set up mobility awards that help fund exchanges. The campus is small and intimate, occupying a leafy city block in Halifax’s south end. Downtown is only minutes away, with its restaurants and animated nightlife. A network of overpasses and tunnels gets students to and from class without having to set foot outside—handy in the winter months.

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Standout Programs

Anthropology: Students use cutting-edge electromagnetic sensing technology to examine soil beneath historical Acadian settlements in Grand-Pré and sites in Lunenburg.

Computing Science and Business Administration: This interdisciplinary program responds to an increasing demand for people with solid technical knowledge of computing science who understand how to apply this technology to business problems.

Forensic Science: Forget what you see on TV. Real-life forensic science is much more complex; this program gives a firm grounding in the science; professors are practising professionals as well.

Cool Courses

Structuring the Start-Up: Starting and running a new venture is challenging. Through lectures and cases, students are introduced to the personal qualities that define an entrepreneurial mindset.

Animal Life, Social Robots and Cyborg Futures: Studies of animals and technoculture rarely meet, but this course considers fiction, film and theory to discuss the uneasy relationship between animals and robots.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70%
Science: 70%
Commerce: 70%
Engineering: 70%
Arts: $6,805 ($8,008 out-of-province); Science: $7,185 ($8,468 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 48.9
3rd & 4th year: 25.9
Undergraduates: 6,328
Graduates: 651
1,139 (first come, first served) Graduation: 52.1%
Retention: 77.3%

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