A modern, urban university with more than 11,000 full and part-time students, Saint Mary's has a compelling vision of global engagement and a focus on success for all students. Under the leadership of Dr. J. Colin Dodds, the University has also taken a leading role in the global community and boasts 40,000 alumni in more than 100 countries. With its slew of international partnerships, Saint Mary's is the "University of choice for aspiring citizens of the world". 31% of Saint Mary's students are international students, coming from over 90 different countries.
As one of Maclean's top ten universities in the primarily undergraduate category, Saint Mary's is known for providing quality education in a supportive environment. Key advantages of its safe, compact campus are friendly, approachable faculty and staff; small classes and opportunities for experiential learning; state-of-the-art facilities; and a spirited and inclusive community where students are known by their names, and not by their student numbers.
Saint Mary's offers a full range of undergraduate programs and select graduate studies in arts, commerce, education, and science. The Sobey School of Business is a regional leader in business education and the challenging Sobey MBA has top ranking for its award-winning faculty, diverse student body and first-class facilities.
Currently home to 10 Canada Research Chairs, Saint Mary's is also distinguished by a rapidly growing research capacity that, of late, has been accompanied by a significant increase in federal and provincial funding. Because of the university's size, even undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct research and work with professors to publish their findings.
Saint Mary's also offers various special services that help students to make the most of their "Canadian university" experiences: a Career Services Writing Centre; a Centre for Academic Technology; various English-language courses; an "FYI" Introductory Program; comprehensive international student assistance with all immigration, visa, and tax issues; and Co-operative Education Programs in over 25 different areas, including many commerce-related options such as Accounting, Computing and Information Systems, Global Business Management, Human Resources, Computing Science, Finance, Information Systems and Management Science.