Saint Mary's University

  • 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3view map
  • (902) 420-5400
  • (902) 420-5561
  • www.smu.ca

Fact Sheet

  • 1802
  • University
  • Undergraduate
  • English

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Tight-knit community; easy to get to know people
  2. Compact one-block campus with quick access to everything
  3. Diverse international student population
  4. Few classes on Fridays
  5. Strong emphasis on athletics

Courses With Kudos

Business/Commerce, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Arts, Forensic Science, Astrophysics

Student Sound Offs

"Most of the professors ensure that they know you by name, remain committed to meeting your needs to the best of their ability, offer flexibility outside of their arranged office hours, and, most importantly, they are approachable and welcoming."

"The thing that I have liked best about my education from Saint Mary's is the generally small class sizes, as it allows for a more personal relationship with your professor."

"As an international student, even though I am far away from home the atmosphere on campus feels very relaxing and comforting. You feel as though you don't have much to worry about. You feel very secure."

"Saint Mary's has a friendly, inviting atmosphere, thanks in part to its relatively small size. No one is really a stranger."

"Some areas' old architecture dampens the good atmosphere, making the area appear sombre."

"The biggest myth is that SMU is like a high school, hence its nickname 'Robie Street High.' Although this is the reputation, our classes are just as challenging as comparable programs in other universities, and our education is just as valuable."

"I am a major sports fan and I have attended dozens of home games for different sports and went on a couple of road trips through student services to football games. The university has done a good job promoting their teams."

"We may be overshadowed by Dalhousie but the quality of education received at Saint Mary's is as good if not better."

"We have an active arts community on campus. Creative writers, musicians ....a Film Society that hosts the student film festival every year, a Drama Society, a good student newspaper, and a great art gallery."

"As a commerce student, I was very pleased with the calibre of the program. The structure of required and elective courses was excellent. The majority of the professors were great."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: Saint Mary's University
Institution size classification: Small   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B+

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A- A-
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B+ A-
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members B+ B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process B+ B+
Number of Courses to Choose From B- B-

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus B+ B
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B+ B+
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A A

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size A- A
Average # of Students in First Year Class 83 120
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 13% 17%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 67% 53%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 20% 31%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 41% 44%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 55% 51%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 4% 5%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B+ B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B B+
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B+ B
Student Residences B- B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B+ B+
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B+ B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B+ B+
Study Spaces in the Library B+ B
Library Hours of Operation A- B+

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B+ B+
Reputation of the University Among Employers B+ B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B B
Career and Employment Services B+ B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located B+ B
Quality of Public Transportation C- C+
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B B
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops B+ B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing C C+

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 62% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B+ B+
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B- B
Campus Bookstore B- B-
Services for International Students A- B+