St. Francis Xavier University


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

With a reputation as one of the finest undergraduate universities in the country, it’s easy to see why StFX is the first choice for students who want an exceptional academic experience. We’ve consistently been ranked as the best undergraduate university in the country by external publications and surveys - but this alone is not what makes us so unique.

St. Francis Xavier College was founded as Arichat College, a Roman Catholic diocesan educational institution at Arichat, Nova Scotia in 1853. Arichat College was moved to its present location in Antigonish, and established as St. Francis Xavier College in 1855. On May 7, 1866, St. Francis Xavier College was given university status, becoming St. Francis Xavier University. The university awarded its first degrees in 1868.

Maclean's2022 Guide to Canadian Universities ranked St. Francis Xavier seventh in the magazine's undergraduate university category. In the same year, the university placed 34th 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 Science and Engineering Councils. (NSERC) awards for post-secondary study than any other university in Canada.

St. Francis Xavier offers over $2 million annually in merit-based scholarships and financial aid to its new and current undergraduates. Applicants with a Grade 12 average of at least 85% are automatically guaranteed an entrance scholarship worth at least $5,000 ($1,250 each year for four years), and at least $7,000 for those with Grade 12 averages above 90% ($1,750 each year for four years). Applicants are also automatically considered for larger merit-based scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $32,000 (Merit, Phillip W. Oland, J.P. McArthy, Canadian, President's).Area-specific scholarships also exist for applicants from certain provinces and the US. St. Francis Xavier University also offers the James A. Martin Awards for Aboriginal, first nations and Metis students. In order to receive each subsequent installment of a scholarship (typically there are four installments), students must maintain a university course average of at least 80%.



  • Faculty of Arts
  • Bachelor Arts 
  • Faculty of science
  • Bachelor of Arts&Scince
  • Bachyelor of Business adminstration
  • Faculty of Education


  • Single rooms
  • Double rooms
  • Suite-style residence
  • Apartment style residence

































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