Established in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Halifax (as the order was known at the time), Mount Saint Vincent was one of the few institutions of higher education for women and girls in Canada at a time when women could not vote. The original purpose of the academy was to train novices and young sisters as teachers, but the Sisters also recognized a need to educate other young women.
With our unique collection of programs, undergraduate research opportunities and some of the smallest class sizes in Canada, you’re sure to find the right path for you at MSVU.
Funded in part by the Research Support Fund, Mount Saint Vincent University’s Research Office supports faculty research and scholarship through ongoing consultation and regular outreach. Research services include such activities as grant writing and development, communication and storytelling, guidance on satisfying ethics in research practice, and partnering to support successful research initiatives.
We are nationally recognized among undergraduate universities in Canada for our success in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants and for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios. Faculty and staff at the Mount are committed to providing the best university experience for all members of our community and to developing thoughtful, engaged citizens who make a positive impact on their world. It is our esteemed history and blend of passion and individuality that attracts outstanding faculty, staff and over 4,000 students from around the world.
MSVU offers three furnished Residence buildings on campus for all students: Assisi Hall, The Birches, and Westwood. Apart from the convenience of living close to classes, labs, the cafeteria, library, gym and more, students will tell you living on campus is one of the best ways to become more involved in campus life. We encourage you to learn more about your residence options.
MSVU’s Library is a member of the Novanet Consortium. Students, faculty and staff with a valid I.D. card may borrow from any metro university library as well as the libraries at CBU, StFX, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the Nova Scotia Community College campus libraries. Alumni and members of the public may also have library privileges as Off Campus Borrowers. Some limits may apply.
There are many technology services available to assist you with your studies, such as wireless internet, access to over 200 desktop computers across campus, and fully equipped classrooms for your presentation needs. With Office 365 you can access your email, calendar, 1TB OneDrive storage, along with many other useful tools!
The Mount Health Office is located on the second floor of Assisi Hall. There are various Doctors that see patients Monday to Friday for student health. Upon graduation, Mount students will have three months before they will need to acquire a family Doctor.
A small university with a global outlook, the Mount fosters academic excellence and educates the leaders of tomorrow. Our unique sense of community and personalized approach to education means class sizes are small, and students have access to high-quality faculty and opportunities to be involved in research. In fact, the Mount has among the smallest class sizes in Canada. Come and see for yourself!
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