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. Resembling the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, 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.
“At King’s, your education will transform you and sustain you for a lifetime,” says president William Lahey. “You will learn to discern, create and communicate meaning in a world where change is the only constant.” 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.
• Bachelor of Journalism: Students learn to conduct independent research, think critically about current affairs and produce stories using multiple media formats; final year includes concentrated workshops and internships.
• Contemporary Studies: Students examine fundamental issues and ideas of our time—gender, racism, the supposed dichotomy of science and culture—by studying the works of influential contemporary writers, philosophers and artists.
• Science and the Media: Looking back at the history of communication technology, this course examines the use of media by science, and studies representations of science in the media from the ancient world to today.
• The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead: Examines the complex figure of the vampire as it appears in folklore, philosophy, fiction, film and television, considering the works in their historical and cultural context.
$8,279 ($9,562 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 74.8% · Science: 78.4%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 813 · Part-time: 26
Graduates: Full-time: 63 · Part-time: 1
International students: First-year: 5.6% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 37 to 63
Residence Spaces: 270 (240 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,944 to $10,967 · Single room with meals: $10,798 to $11,986