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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, that commitment to the advancement of women lives on. The environmentally friendly Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is home to programs and initiatives in women’s studies, business, tourism and communications. The new Centre for Applied Research in Human Health, a hub for interdisciplinary work on public-health initiatives, is slated to open in 2018. “A Mount education imparts the knowledge students need to do their future work, and also the passion and tools to make sure that work is done in a way that is just,” says president Mary Bluechardt. 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 have early opportunities to conduct research, and they get meaningful references when applying for graduate studies or jobs. Personalized schedules mean that a student who is a parent, for example, can complete classes and still be home in time for when the kids return from school. A long-standing co-op program gives students in all programs opportunities for hands-on experience as part of their studies. Although less than eight kilometres to downtown Halifax, the heavily treed campus feels like a retreat. Deer sometimes graze on the 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
• Non-profit Leadership: This program gives students the tools needed to manage a nonprofit, from staff and volunteer management to governance, finance management, marketing and strategic planning.
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.
• Chemistry: This program challenges students to be both analytical and creative, offering small class sizes, state-of-the-art labs, research opportunities and internships.

Cool Courses
• Queer Theory: Examines recent developments in LGBTQ cultural criticism on topics including identity politics, pornography and representations of HIV and AIDS.
• Evil: Explores evil as a cultural phenomenon, considering both eastern and western perspectives; draws examples from religion, literature, film, popular culture and more.


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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