St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University is a public undergraduate liberal arts university located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a member of the Maple League, a group of primarily undergraduate universities in Eastern Canada.


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University rankings
Global rankings
Times World 801–1000
Canadian rankings
Times National 28–31
Maclean’s Undergrad 9
Maclean’s Reputation 31

Maclean’s 2022 Guide to Canadian Universities ranked St. Francis Xavier ninth in the magazine’s undergraduate university category, tied with Ontario Tech University.[22] In the same year, the university placed 31st in Maclean’s reputational survey of Canadian universities.

Between 2000 and 2004, more St Francis Xavier students, on a per capita basis, have received Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awards for post-secondary study than any other university in Canada.[23]

Faculties and Programs

St Francis Xavier University is organized into the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, Faculty of Education, the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and the Coady International Institute. Each faculty has subordinate departments under its administration appropriate to each discipline, for example the Department of Philosophy is part of the Faculty of Arts. Faculties are headed by a dean elected from among the constituent professors.

The Faculty of Arts encompasses the following departments and programs: Anthropology, Aquatic Resources, Fine Arts, Canadian Studies, Catholic Studies, Celtic Studies, Classical Studies, Development Studies, Economics, English, History, Humanities Colloquium, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy & Governance, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Justice Colloquium, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Music and Jazz Studies (The first bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies in all of Canada).

The Faculty of Science offers the following departments and programs: Aquatic Resources, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, Mathematics and Statistics, Nursing and Physics.

The Gerald Schwartz School of Business offers degrees in Business Administration, with majors in Accounting, Enterprise Development, Finance, Information Systems, Leadership in Management, and Marketing.

The Faculty of Education offers degrees in Adult Education and Education.

The Music Department hosts one of North America’s leading undergraduate jazz studies program.

The current Dean of Arts is Karen Brebner, the Dean of Science is Joseph Apaloo, the Dean of Business is Bobbi Morrison, and the Dean of Education is Lace Marie Brogden.

The university offers also graduate programs leading to Master of Arts (M.A. Celtic Studies), Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees.