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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 ocean air. The university has a strong international community, with foreign students making up 33 per cent of enrolments, 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 beneficial for both universities. SMU’s Confucius Institute, partnering with Xiamen University, offers courses on Chinese medicine and language. A partnership with Beijing Normal University Zhuhai offers the bachelor of commerce program from SMU’s 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.

READ: Saint Mary’s through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
• Anthropology: Students use cutting-edge electromagnetic sensing technology to examine what lies beneath the soil in sites such as historical Acadian settlements in Grand-Pré, N.S., a fort in Lunenburg, N.S., and a historic slave plantation in Cuba.
• Entrepreneurship: This program offers students academic and industry support in planning a start-up, plus an opportunity to join Venture Grade, a student-run venture capital group. Students have opportunities to meet business mentors and learn by doing.
Environmental Science: Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of ecological challenges, both local and global, through hands-on learning in the lab and the field; taught by profs who are active environmental researchers.

Cool Courses
• Who Owns the Past?: This anthropology course examines why societies preserve memories, in which forms, and how those stories have been used and abused. Students consider how museums, collections and the illicit trafficking of relics have contributed to the idea of “owning” the past.
• Prisons and Punishment: Students in this criminology course examine Western penal regimes within historical frameworks.

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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