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. The university has high academic standards but also promotes the personal development of its students. 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 amount of personal attention and guidance every student receives is the difference between simply getting a degree and preparing for life,” says president Kent MacDonald. “Our students live in a 24-7 academic community, and their success is bolstered by our dedicated professors and committed staff.”

A sense of commitment to social justice and community encourages students to get involved beyond the classroom. Nearly 20 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 opens this year, featuring an undergraduate program in public policy; the new Mulroney Hall houses teaching, research and study spaces, and an auditorium. 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: Draws on various disciplines to study public affairs and leadership, exploring how public institutions function, and considering solutions to society’s problems.
Social Justice Colloquium: Explores the human experience, past and present, tackling issues of inequality; integrates experiential learning through service work in the community.
• Health Studies Colloquium: For students in both arts and sciences, this program looks at psychological, biological and sociological perspectives on human health.

Cool Courses
Mind, Self and Society: This summer course offers three weeks of preparation for a one-week experience of Buddhist monastic practice at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, N.S.
Sociology of Anne of Green Gables: Students learn to think about and apply the work of sociological theorists, drawing on the Anne series of books, films and shows.

$8,676 ($9,959 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70.8% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70.8%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,831 · Part-time: 323
Graduates: Full-time: 69 · Part-time: 369
International Students: First-year: 4.5% ·
Graduate: 12.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 38 to 62
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces
1,808 (922 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $10,350 to $11,635 · Single room with meals: $11,580 to $12,810 · Apartment-style: $7,450 to $8,465

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