Halifax, Nova ScotiaLOCATION
Estd 1788Established Year

University of King’s College is a small liberal arts college in Halifax, Canada. Established in 1789, the university is known for its Foundation Year Program and interdisciplinary programs. The university also renowned for its Journalism School.

Rankings and Statistics

  • USNews Rankings: 2018 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities South – 89.
  • National Survey of Student Assessment Canada ranked the University of King's College Foundation Year Programme as number one for two consecutive years
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has feted the Foundation Year Programme for excellence as an alternative first-year of undergraduate studies.

Key Features

  • University of King’s College is the oldest chartered university in Canada.
  • The university has an association with Dalhousie University. This lets its students access the facilities provided by Dalhousie University as well.
  • The university runs over 98 exchange programs with countries all over the world.
  • 95% entering students receive financial aid from the university.
  • It has 3 on campus businesses which are run entirely by its students.
  •  The average class size is of 30 students.
  • The student to faculty ratio is 15:1.


Type of UniversityChartered University
Total number of students914
Number of Undergraduate students865
Number of Graduate students49
Full-time Faculty Members64
Average Class Size30
Tuition fee range$9,593 - $21,908
Language usedEnglish

Programs offered

All degrees are jointly offered by the University of King’s College and the Dalhousie University. Students can choose from the following programs:

JournalismBachelor of Journalism (Honours)
Minor in Journalism Studies
One-Year Bachelor of Journalism
Master of Journalism
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction
Kings Honorary ProgramsContemporary Studies
Early Modern Studies
History of Science and Technology
Arts and HumanitiesBachelor of Arts with 26 specialisations or Majors to choose from.
ScienceBachelor of Science with 18 specialisations or Majors to choose from.
MusicBachelor of Music with a choice of 4 specializations.

Campus and Location Advantage

The University of King’s College has an urban campus in the northwest of the Dalhousie University campus of Halifax. King's students are eligible to use the facilities of the Dalhousie University. 

Student residence is also available on this campus. It has a total capacity of 274. There are three residence:

  • Alexandra Hall – 150 students are held in a combination of single and traditional double rooms.
  • The Bays – 5 bays hold a 120 students. Each bay has a combination of single and double suites.
    • Chapel Bay – 24 students
    • Middle Bay – 24 students
    • Radical Bay – 24 students
    • North Pole Bay – 20 students
    • Cochran Bay – 20 students
  • Angel’s Roots – 12 single rooms are available for students of journalism.

Meal Plan

A meal plan is mandatory for students living in on campus residence. University of King’s College offers a variety of meal plans for students to choose from.

  • 7 Day All Day Dining
  • 5 Day All Day Dining
  • 14 Meals per week
  • 10 Meals per week

Application Process

Prerequisites: Students must have the following documents ready before applying for the university-

  • Transcripts, in English language or translated into English
  • A 1,000-word autobiographical sketch
  • A portfolio (recommended)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)
  • Resume (optional)
  • English language proficiency test score

English Language Requirement:

International Students must be fluent in English Language to get admission at University of King’s College.

Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency: -

Test NameMinimum Scores Required
TOEFL90 - iBT with no subtest score below 20
237 - CBT
IELTS6.5, with no band below 6.0

What to do next?

  • Interested candidates must select the program and check the specific requirements on the official website.
  • Students can offline by using the application form available on the website
  • Student must fill the offline application form and send it to the university with the required documents.
  • The online application is done through the Dalhousie University’s website portal.
  • Students must create an account on the Dalhousie University’s application portal. They must, then select King’s College from the drop down menu.

Application Fee

  • The application fee for UG programs is $65.
  • The application fee for one year Bachelor of Journalism is $70.
  • The application for Graduate programs is $100.

Expenses to be incurred at University of King’s College

A student can be expected to incur expenses in the range given below while studying at the University of King’s College:

Tuition Fee


UG tuition fee

Graduate Tuition fee

Domestic Students

$6,133 - $7,416

$6,596 - $7,879

International Students

12,231.55 - $16,650 -

$17,113 - $21,908


  • Certain additional fees may be applicable and the college will notify the student at the time of admission.
  • Costs may be less than those stated above depending upon the type of residence room and the academic program of student.

Residence Rental Costs

Room StyleFall (Due 18 Sept 2018)Winter (Due 18 Jan 2019)Total*
Single – Alexandra Hall$3,655$3,825$7,480
Single – Bays/Angels’ Roost (4th floor)$3,776$3,953$7,729
Single – North Pole Bay (Non-4th floor)$3,715$3,889$7,604
Single -North Pole Bay (small)$3,685$3,857$7,542
Double – Alexandra Hall$3,237$3,389$6,626
Double – Bays$3,278$3,432$6,710

Residence Meal Plan Options

Meal PlanTotal
7 Day All Day Dining$4,189
5 Day All Day Dining$3,970
14 Meals per week$3,463
10 Meals per week$3,266

Community Dining Plan Options – Prince Hall

10 Breakfasts$51.00
5 Meals$38.00
10 Meals$75.25
25 Meals$178.00
50 Meals$355.00

Financial Aid provided by the University of King’s College


University of King’s College offers a multitude of scholarships as listed below:

  1. General Entrance Scholarships: Applicants whose candidature reached the university admissions office by March 1 are eligible for scholarship amounts ranging from $500 and $3500.

Major Entrance Scholarships:

NameValueDuration of Award
Dr. Carrie Best Scholarship$20,0004 years
Harrison McCain Award$16,0004 years
Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarships$50,0004 years
Colin Starnes AwardFull tuition plus incidental fees.First year of study at King’s
King’s Theatrical Society AwardOne award: $2,000One time award only
Three awards: $1,000
Weldon Award$2,250 per annumRenewable up to 4 years.
Mather Byles Award
Choral and Organ Scholarships$400 to $4,000 per academic year-

Bursaries: Bursaries are small amount provided by the university to the students to aid other sources of funding. Most of these bursaries are available for only domestic students.

Work while you studey

University of King’s College has part-time job listings for students on its website.

Students can work as part-time cleaner, food service associate and catering attendant, social media assistant, etc.

Eligibility criteria for each job varies and students are advised to check accordingly.

Alumni Network

Established in 1846, the University of King’s College has the oldest alumni association in Canada. The Alumni Association has 11,000 members.

The Association also has many active branches in Canada and the United States of America.

The university provides benefits like home, auto and travel insurance and access to the university library and wardroom to its alumni.

Some notable alumni of University of King’s College are:

  • Kathryn Borel - writer, editor, radio producer.
  • Ryan Hemsworth - Producer and DJ
  • Roland Ritchie - Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Charles Austin, Matthew Murphy and Drew Yamada of The Super Friendz - Influential Canadian rock band of the 90s
  • James "Calbert" Best - Journalist and Canadian Diplomat.
  • Frederick Borden - Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence from 1896–1911
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