St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University | Antigonish, N.S. | Founded 1853

St Francis Xavier student holding a lobster

(Courtesy of StFX)

Tucked away in the small town of Antigonish, N.S., St. Francis Xavier caters mainly to undergraduates in arts, science, business and education. Small class sizes challenge students to think critically and contribute to class discussions. The relationships students build with their professors, staff and one another provide tremendous support as they progress.

“The immersive, destination experience offered at StFX forges strong relationships between students, their academic programs and the broader community,” says president Andy Hakin. “The strength of the StFX alumni network is without equal in Canada—it supports X graduates for their lifetimes.” A sense of commitment to social justice and community encourages students to get involved beyond the classroom. Nearly 30 per cent of students participate in course-based and immersion experiences through the service learning program, working on real-world issues in communities, locally and around the world.

The campus is known for its Ivy League-style architecture, limestone residences and pedestrian-friendly layout. The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government features an undergraduate program in public policy; the new Mulroney Hall houses classrooms, research and study spaces, and an auditorium. The renovated Amelia Saputo Centre for Healthy Living features space for athletics and recreation, instruction labs, physical and athletic therapy, and more. A well-known tradition at StFX is handing out X-rings (a rectangular gold ring with a large black X in the middle) to graduating students. Many develop a sense of pride and belonging—also known as the X factor.

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Standout Programs
Public Policy and Governance: Students gain insight and build leadership skills exploring how public institutions function and considering solutions to society’s problems. Diverse internships are included.
Applied Forensic Psychology: Students draw on course work and practicum placements to study psychology within the criminal justice and mental health systems.
Climate and the Environment: Students get an interdisciplinary focus on the scientific and social aspects of our environment.

Cool Courses
Superheroes and the Supernatural: Explore themes and imagery in superhero tales and how superheroes function as divine beings.
• Health Innovation: Students work on consulting projects, studying innovations such as self-screening apps for common diseases and using technology and screening tools to manage emergency-room patient flow.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$9,303 ($10,586 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 69% · Science: 70.4% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,941 · Part-time: 504
Graduates: Full-time: 27 · Part-time: 441
International Students: First-year: 5.4%
Graduate: 33.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 36 to 64
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,551 (1,745 last year; first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $12,465 to $14,910 · Apartment-style: $7,665

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