St. Francis Xavier University

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

St. Francis Xavier

(Photograph by Mikaela MacKenzie)

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 focus is on the academic and personal development of every student, making community and social engagement a large part of the learning experience,” says interim president Kevin Wamsley. (Andrew Hakin assumes the post in July.) “StFX is about participating in research, innovation, building the capacities of intellectuals, and grappling with the issues of our day.”

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. Opened in 2019, 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
Climate and the Environment: Offers an interdisciplinary focus on the scientific and social dimensions of our environment.
Public Policy and Governance: Draws on various disciplines to study public affairs and leadership, exploring how public institutions function, and considering solutions to society’s problems.
Sport Management: Explores the fundamentals, including the sociology of sport, marketing and event management.

Cool Courses
Pirates of the Caribbean: A Mostly True History from Columbus to Blackbeard: Topics include the political economy of piracy, pirate republics and the dynamics of class, race, gender and sex.
Sports Analytics: Students in this math course use real-world stats to model, predict and analyze sport performance.

$8,966 ($10,249 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 69% · Science: 70.4% · Commerce: 68% · Engineering: 72%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,887 · Part-time: 457
Graduates: Full-time: 36 · Part-time: 284
International Students: First-year: 6.1% · Graduate: 30.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 37 to 63
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,745 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,600 · Single room with meals: $11,845 · Apartment-style: $8,085

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