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Anyone who has ever lived in Halifax can confidently say that it's the best city in Canada. 

What about Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, you ask? Well, while these cities may be bigger, this in no way means that they are actually better. And the same seems to go for Canadian universities, too. Good things come in small packages... or, as it turns out, campuses


If you're in the midst of finding the perfect place to tackle some postsecondary education, you may want to take a closer look at smaller schools, like Halifax's Mount Saint Vincent University. Between small class sizes, an incredible location, and some serious study-abroad opportunities, MSVU has something for everyone!

A small campus 

With small class sizes, a small community, and a small campus, MSVU believes big dreams are best cultivated in a small environment. But don't let its small size fool you, there are huge opportunities to learn, discover, and explore at this Halifax gem!

Dorms close to your class

What's the best part of a small campus? Rolling out of bed with only five minutes before class starts and still being able to make it on time! MSVU is monitored 24/7 by on-campus security, and they have the absolute best resident assistants and program coordinators. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more affordable and convenient place to live, learn, and just hang out.

Small class sizes

Many universities stick you in a class with hundreds of other students, but at MSVU, you'll have less than 24 classmates in most courses throughout your degree. That’s why Maclean’s magazine recognizes MSVU’s class sizes as among the smallest in Canada.

Personalized learning

Those small classes have another bonus, too: your professors will know you by name, not by number. And they really care about your academic and personal success. At MSVU, you'll take part in group discussions and small team projects that will enhance your university experience.

Programs for everyone

Learning isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of situation. That’s why it’s important to have a variety of programs that offer hands-on experience. From loads of professional programs including Child and Youth Study and Public Relations to Undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, and Education, MSVU has a program for everyone that will give you the education you need to succeed in the career world!

Tons of support

We all need a little help from our friends every now and then, and MSVU knows it. That's why they have a whole team ready to help with career planning, physical and mental well-being, academic success, finances, and much more. Since March 2019, Charlie the therapy dog has been helping students who are dealing with a variety of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, social issues, and homesickness.

Life on the hill

With more than 40 acres of green space, there’s always room to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle. Sit with a book or your friends and unwind surrounded by lush green hills and beautiful scenery that you have to see to believe!

Location, location, location

Every year, more than 60,000 university students from all over the world call Halifax home. And why wouldn't they? Halifax is an affordable city with amazing nightlife, ocean views, and an incredible music scene. You can be trying on some killer clothes at a fashion-forward boutique one minute and sitting at a waterfront café watching ships sail by the next. Halifax has everything you need.

Stay fit

Mount Saint Vincent University has awesome athletics and recreation programming. Some of the top athletes and coaches in Canada compete as part of the Mount Mystics varsity teams. The Mount Fitness Centre offers classes like yoga, ballet body, classic cardio, yogalates, and boxing. You can also get involved with intramurals, clubs, societies, social events, and so much more.

Global perspective

With representation from over 70 countries, Mount Saint Vincent University's student body takes “global perspective” to the next level. So you’re not just making awesome new friends—you’re also discovering diverse points of view!

Creative clubs and societies

MSVU's clubs are some of the most diverse out there. Their student societies span just about every topic you can imagine⁠—from rock climbing to virtual reality, paranormal, and beyond. Trust, they've pretty much got something for everyone!

Study-abroad opportunities

Got the travel bug? MSVU students can take their studies abroad to countries like Austria, Sweden, Kenya, France, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Dubai, Spain and South Korea. Spend a term or two exploring new countries, languages, and cultures, while getting academic credit for a full-time course load. Not a fan of long trips? MSVU also offers a three-week China Summer Institute where students take classes in language, history, and culture for two weeks, and then explore Beijing and Shanghai the following week (yes, you get credit for this!).

All of this amazing stuff happens on your own little retreat in the city. As a small, welcoming, and nurturing institution, you'll truly feel like you're part of a community with Mount Saint Vincent University!

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Explore all of the Small Wonders that Mount Saint Vincent University has to offer on their website, where you can book a campus tour and apply online. Keep up with all the latest news by following their Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages.