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

What about Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, you say? 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

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

A small campus 

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

Dorms close to your class

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What's the best part of a small campus? Rolling out of bed with 5 minutes before class starts and still being able to make it on time. The Mount 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

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

Personalized learning

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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 the Mount, you'll take part in group discussions and small team projects that enhance your university experience.

Programs for everyone

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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 Business Administration to Psychology, Political Science to Education and Public Relations to Biology, the Mount has a program for everyone that will give you the education you need to succeed in the career world.

Tons of support

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We all need a little help from our friends every now and then, and the Mount 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. Starting in January 2019, Wendell the therapy dog will help students who are dealing with a variety of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, social issues, and homesickness.

Life on the hill

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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 you have to see to believe!

Location, location, location

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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

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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

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With representation from more than 50 countries,  Mount Saint Vincent University's student body takes “global perspective” to the next level. So you’re not just making friends – you’re also discovering diverse points of view.

Creative clubs and societies

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The Mount'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

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Got the travel bug? Mount 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? the Mount 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!).

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

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Explore all of the small wonders Mount Saint Vincent University has to offer on their website, or learn more on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. 

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