With a reputation as one of the finest undergraduate universities in the country, it’s easy to see why StFX is the first choice for students who want an exceptional academic experience. We’ve consistently been ranked as the best undergraduate university in the country by external publications and surveys - but this alone is not what makes us so unique.


  1. An academic education of the highest quality, StFX focuses on intellectual and spiritual development, global awareness and a commitment to social justice.
  2. StFX recently ranked #1 in Canada in teaching students to think critically, helping students gain experience for employment, and #1 where professors know you by name.
  3. You’ll find hands-on research opportunities that rival (and often surpass) those found in larger schools.
  4. Our small classrooms foster lively debate and discussion where professors inspire you to achieve.
  5. You’ll join a thriving academic environment where community involvement is expected and encouraged.
  6. Employers looking to recruit top talent look for StFX credentials. In fact, StFX has one of the best university reputations when it comes to Canadian employers.
  7. We offer a residential community experience where students live and learn together, and the friendships formed can last a lifetime.
  8. We’ve invested over a quarter of a billion dollars in residential and academic infrastructure over the past two decades -- and we are not done! This has created a unique campus that blends New England-style architecture with world-class learning spaces, labs and facilities.
  9. There are opportunities to study abroad at over 40 universities worldwide, or for international students to study here and experience Nova Scotia and StFX for a semester or a year.
  10. Students experience the excitement of receiving the iconic X-Ring upon graduation - a renowned symbol of scholarship and connection to a wider, worldwide community (Canada's strongest Alumni network
  • StFX students with an admissions average of 85% and over are automatically guaranteed an entrance scholarship worth at least $5,000.
  • StFX was ranked #1 by students in Maclean's magazine (2016) for
    • teaching students to think crticially
    • gaining skllls needed for employment
    • professors knowing students by name
  • StFX has one of the highest student satisfaction rates in Canada:  93%
  • StFX has 40 global partnerships around the world -- opportunities for international study while students complete their degree
  • StFX has Canada's strongest alumni network, providing students a leg-up in whatever they choose to do post graduation


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