King’s is one of Canada’s oldest and smallest universities, known for its interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism. The campus is nestled on the northwest corner of Dalhousie University, with which it grants joint degrees. A central quadrangle is surrounded by an award-winning library, stone residences, a chapel and a gym. Most first-year students enrol in the unique Foundation Year Program, where they study great works of Western thought and take part in lectures and small-group tutorials. Then, they can take one of King’s honours programs in their upper years while completing one of four undergraduate degrees offered through King’s and Dalhousie.
“We understand that exceptional futures depend on exceptional beginnings,” says president William Lahey. “Students develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime in a changing world as everyone is called to follow what we call ‘the precepts of communal living and learning.’ ” Another big draw is the school of journalism, which offers a four-year honours bachelor’s degree, a one-year bachelor’s degree for students who already have a degree, a two-year master of journalism, and a two-year limited-residency master of fine arts in creative non-fiction. Extracurriculars include an impressive music scene, a theatrical society, one of the oldest college literary societies in North America and a renowned chapel choir.
• Foundation Year Program: Students trace the history of ideas through an interdisciplinary exploration of seminal works of Western civilization. The philosophy, literature and art of each historical period are studied in an integrated fashion.
• Journalism: Students learn to conduct independent research, think critically about current affairs and produce stories in multiple media formats. The final year includes concentrated workshops and internships.
• History of Science and Technology: This program takes an interdisciplinary approach as it explores the interactions between society and science throughout history and considers how science has evolved in relation to politics, religion and the arts.
• Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robots: Students examine advances and applications in the field of AI and robotics and consider the philosophical and ethical implications of these developments.
• Reporting in Mi’kma’ki: This course is an intensive reporting and experiential learning elective. It focuses on issues that matter to the Mi’kmaq.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,169 ($9,452 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72.8% · Science: 78%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 799 · Part-time: 27
Graduates: Full-time: 63
International Students: First-year: 6% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 37 to 63
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 127 (270 last year with 240 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,860 to $12,066