Established in 1802, St. Mary’s University (SMU) is a non-profit, public co-educational institution for higher education, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. SMU is renowned nationally for its programs in Business and Chemistry. The university also boasts of the best Canadian women’s basketball team.
SMU ranks 8th overall in the Primarily Undergraduate category (Atlantic Canada). It has the highest number of professors who have won national awards. Also, it has the highest percentage of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree in Nova Scotia. Some more reasons why it is the preferred university amongst students are mentioned below:
|Type of university||Public|
|Undergraduate Programs||45 majors in Arts, Science, and Business|
|Graduate Programs (including Doctoral)||27|
|Number of undergraduate students||6,328|
|Number of undergraduate students||651|
|International Students (119 countries)||More than 33% of the total student population|
|Admission Basis||Academic Records|
|Undergraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||10,000 - 12,500 USD|
|Postgraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||7,500 - 10,000 USD|
St. Mary’s has a self-contained campus at the port city of Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. At Saint Mary’s you are just minutes away from the ocean and your favorite trails. The campus offers every modern amenity that makes life easier for the students, including the library, sports facility, and student residences.
SMU’s residence complex is home to over 1,000 students. It contains three buildings: Vanier House, Loyola Residence and Edmund Rice Residence.
Upon your acceptance at SMU, you can apply for residence, through SMUport – the student login into the University system. Follow the steps listed below to apply for residence:
St. Mary’s comprises four academic faculties: Arts, Science, Sobey School of Business and School of Graduate Studies and Research.
It offers the following programs:
Students must make sure that they have all the required documents ready with them while applying in St. Mary’s University
English Language Requirements
How, when and where to apply?
The application process at SMU is quite simple. Applicants need to follow the steps listed below:
Tuition and other mandatory fees applicable for SMU international students are tabulated below:
|Approximate Costs Per Academic Year for Undergraduate Studies (30 credit hours)|
|Details||Arts & Environmental Studies||Business||Science||Engineering|
|Books & Supplies*||$1800|
|Medical Insurance (12 month)||$950|
Approximate costs per academic year for postgraduate studies-
|Post Graduate Fee||Amount|
|Tuition Fees (varies from course to course)||$12,284 - $43,099|
* Please note that Tuition, Student Fees, Books & Stationaries etc. are subject to change and vary among programs.
Residence Fees are charged per 8-month academic year, depending upon the type of room and meal plan chosen.
|Cost of Living per Academic Year|
|Residence & Meals||$9,436 - $11,302*|
SMU offers about $5.5 million in student scholarships and awards annually.
|Entrance Scholarships at SMU|
|Average Requirement||Scholarship Amount|
|95%+||$14,000 total value ($3,500 per year)|
|90-94.99%||$8,000 ($2,000 per year)|
|85 - 89.99%||$4,000 ($1,000 per year)|
|80 - 84.99%||$3,500 ($500 in the 1st year, $1000 per year thereafter)|
|Name of Scholarships||Total Value||Renewable per year|
|IB Presidential Scholarships||$36,000||$9,000|
|Other Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries||$200 - $19,000 (Renewable & non-Renewable)|
There are several other internal and external scholarship/ grants that students can consider.
International students need to possess a student work permit in order to take up a co-op work/summer job etc. in Canada. Apart from a work permit, students are also required to possess a SIN ID to be employed in Canada.
SIN is mandatory in order to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.
One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:
There are several perks of being an SMU alumnus
SMU proudly boasts of a strong alumni network of 50,000+ graduates worldwide, with an active alumni association and localized chapters to keep the vibe alive.
Some of the notable Alumni of SMU are:
|Average Cost of Attendance||$13,357 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||3 : 1|
|Saint Mary's University Enrollment||7026|
|Average Graduation Rate||53.1%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$13,357 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$9,213 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Single Room||$7,240 / Year|
|Double Room||$5,820 / Year|
|Meal Plan||$4,375 / Year|
|Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Chemistry Programs||Canadian Society for Chemistry|
|Language Programs||Languages Canada|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#1611 [Out of 2000]
67.3 [Out of 100]
based on 3 students ratings
Bachelor of Science program is known for the number of research opportunities available for undergraduate students. Those studying areas of green chemistry are able to make use of the green roof research facilities of the new Atrium and Global Learning Commons while Astrophysics students spend time in the Burke Gaffney Observatory on campus.
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The criminology program, the campus size and the reputation of the school. Also because of its location, it is very central and the tuition costs are fairly low compared to many other universities near me.
I think it is great, the professors are very knowledgeable and are really passionate about what they teach.
I like the residence and the city, and the program that I wanted they offered. It has a good reputation as a university. The city is nice and big and is great for students. My friend also decided to go to Halifax to study.
It is good, it has lots to offer. There are many courses offered but also a lot of teachers but the class sizes are small. This is good because you can create a close relationship with your professors, better than at a bigger school.
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