Mount Saint Vincent University: Narrative Description

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166 Bedford Hwy.
Halifax, NS, Canada B3M 2J6
Tel: (902)457-6788
Admissions: (902)457-6117
Fax: (902)457-6455
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Province-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1873. Setting: 40-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $16.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $697,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $7973 per student. Total enrollment: 4,592. Faculty: 275 (147 full-time, 128 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,429 applied, 54% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 70% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 41 other countries, 15% from out-of province, 30% 25 or older, 6% live on campus. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; home economics/vocational home economics. Calendar: Canadian standard year. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Metro Halifax Universities Consortium, Acadia University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/12, 5/30 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous until 9/1, 6/1 for nonresidents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Canadian resident tuition: $5140 full-time, $1028 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $579 full-time, $37.50 per unit part-time, $10 per year part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $6140. College room only: $4060. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $9880 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: Business Society, Residence Society, Science Society, History Society, Queer/Straight Alliance. Major annual events: Frosh Week, Awards Banquet, Shinerama. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 400 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre Library plus 3 others with 207,140 books, 379,076 microform titles, 3,570 serials, 1,243 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Mount Saint Vincent University is situated in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Overlooking the Bedford Basin, it offers scenic walkways and recreational facilities. Public transport and a good highway provide easy access both to the International Airport and to downtown Halifax, which offers cultural and intellectual opportunities, shopping, parks and entertainment.

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