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St. Francis Xavier University

  • Public University, Estd 1853
  • Antigonish, Nova Scotia
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University Highlights

  • According to Maclean’s magazine, ranks #1 in:
    • 2020 for best reputation in Canada among primarily undergraduate universities
    • 2017 for helping students gain knowledge and skills needed for employment
    • 2016 for number of professors who know students’ names
  • A student satisfaction rate
  • An average class size of 34 students
  • 40 partnerships to study around the globe
  • X-ring, the university’s emblem, is the 3rd most recognizable ring in the world
  • 30% of students employed at the university
  • An acceptance rate of 75%
  • Awards $4 million in financial aid through scholarships, bursaries, and awards
  • 90% of first-year and 50% of all students live on-campus
  • 45,000 alumni in 140 countries

University at a Glance

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Based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, St. Francis Xavier University is a Canadian public undergraduate university focused on liberal arts. Established in 1853, the university is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Although the university started its journey as Arichat College, it moved to Antigonish and changed its name to St. Francis Xavier College in 1855. In 1897, the institute became the first Catholic co-ed university to grant degrees to women in North America. Finally, in 1966, the institute gained university status. Also known as StFX University, it is also the first university in Canada to have a formal Service Learning program.

Currently, 3,895 students, including international ones, grace the halls of StFX University. These students can choose from undergraduate and graduate courses in different areas of study. The academic structure of the university falls under the following four faculties:

  • Faculty of:
    • Arts
    • Education
    • Science
  • Gerald Schwartz School of Business

The university also offers the following services for academic purposes:

  • Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership
  • Brian Mulroney Institute of Government Graduate Studies
  • Continuing and distance education
  • Student success center
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Library
  • Tramble Center for Accessible Learning
  • Co-op education program
  • Service-learning
  • International exchange

St. Francis Xavier University provides a plethora of facilities on its only campus. On-campus accommodation is available in twelve residence halls with traditional, hotel-, and apartment-style housing options. Students living on- and off-campus can access a pharmacy, convenience store, campus store, shuttle service, and bus depot. There are also live theatres, cafes, and child-care facilities on the premises. Recreational and athletic facilities are available through the state-of-the-art Keating Centre, the Oland Centre, a track and field complex, and recreation and intramural activities. In addition, students can join different clubs and societies and access the health and counselling center on-campus as well. The student success center is an on-campus hub for programs, workshops, tutoring, and other support to aid students in fulfilling their academic potential. Along with academic advising, students can also avail of:

  • Indigenous student advising
  • Black student advising
  • Office of Internationalization
  • Chaplaincy
  • Gender and sexual diversity advising
  • Mature student advisor
  • Residence life staff

StFX University has educated 45,000 alumni residing in 140 countries who are now pioneers in their fields. Some of the noteworthy names that have stepped out of the doors of this university include John Allan Cameron, Father Moses Coady, Charles V. Keating, Amanda Lindhout, and Alistair MacLeod.

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

SOP: Not required
LOR: Needed for all courses
Essays: Not required
CV: Not required
Additional documents: Required
English language proficiency proof


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On campus accommodation :

The university provides on-campus accommodation to its students in twelve residence halls. These residence halls come in the following three housing options:

  • Traditional:
    • Available in:
      • Cameron Hall
      • Mount Saint Bernard
      • MacIsaac Hall
      • Bishops Hall
      • FX Hall
      • MacKinnon Hall
      • International House
    • Laundry facilities
    • Shared washroom
    • Common areas, TV lounges, and a study lounge
  • Hotel-style:
    • Available in O’Regan Hall, Governors Hall, and Riley Hall
    • Private washroom
    • Shared kitchen
  • Four-bedroom apartments:
    • Available in Powers Hall and Somers Hall
    • Two washrooms
    • On-site laundry
  • Three meal plan options are available
  • Rooms are semi-furnished



Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    4130 University Avenue Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada B2G 2W5
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