Saint Francis Xavier University

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Saint Francis Xavier University
motto Quaecumque Sunt Vera
founding 1853
place Antigonish
country Canada
president Kent MacDonald
Students 9110 including part-time students (2017)
Employee 264
Networks OUT

Saint Francis Xavier University (StFX) is a university in Nova Scotia , Canada operated by the Catholic Church . Most students are undergraduates (the first four years of study with a bachelor's degree), but there is also a graduate program (second university course with a master’s degree).


The university was founded in 1853 by Colin Francis MacKinnon , bishop of the Antigonish diocese , initially as a seminary; It is named after Francisco de Xavier ("Saint Francis Xavier"), the founder of the Jesuit order . In 1866 it was officially recognized as a university by the State of Nova Scotia. Until the end of the 19th century, the college was the only university training facility in the province of Nova Scotia. With an agreement with the School Sisters of St. Francis from the Order of the Franciscan Sisters of Erlenbad , which is active in North America, a university education for women was made possible for the first time in 1894. In 1900 the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Martha was founded at the StFX . After the end of the Second World War , there was increased state participation, which today ensures the main financing.


The university has four independent faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts (humanities)
  • Faculty of Science
  • Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems
  • School of Education

The following graduate programs are available:

  • Adult Education (M.Ad.Ed.)
  • Biology (M.Sc.)
  • Celtic Studies (MA)
  • Chemistry (M.Sc.)
  • Computer Science (M.Sc.)
  • Pedagogy / Educational Sciences (M.Ed.)
  • Physics (M.Sc.)


  • In 1897, SFX was the first Catholic university in North America to award degrees to men and women.
  • In 1985, for the first time, more female than male students were counted at the SFX.
  • Around 50% of the students live on campus.
  • SFX graduates receive a gold ring with a black X on their graduation.
  • The university was nominated for the Oscar in the category “Best Documentary Short” at the 1950 Academy Awards for the short documentary film The Rising Tide .

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