Information for future students

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Plans for Fall 2020

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have made the health and safety of the entire Saint Mary’s community our highest priority. With that in mind, from September to December 2020, all undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered online.

Learn more.

Town Hall for New Students, Parents and Supporters

Watch the recording of our July 7 online event for new students with Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary's University, and Bryn de Chastelain, President of the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA).

Saint Mary's University always puts our community first. Our community includes future students.

In unprecedented times and uncertainty, we understand that you might have questions of how that impacts your plan to begin the next chapter of your life and plans to enroll in the university. Adapting to the changing learning environment can be challenging, but we are here to answer your questions while helping you with the transition.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. Learn more.

The provincial government has announced that students who were on track to graduate will move on. Grade 12 students who need a preliminary paper-based transcript for bursaries, scholarships or university entrance will receive one by contacting their Regional Centre for Education or Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Learn more.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances and COVID-19 measures in place, we understand the challenges you might be facing with gathering supporting documents to complete your application to the university. We want to assure you that we are still diligently working on processing applications. 

For effective and prompt processing, we are temporarily adjusting our application process.

To help us make preliminary application decisions, Saint Mary's University will accept the following via email:

  • scans or pictures of transcripts/documents you already have in your possession (e.g. report cards)
  • unofficial transcripts or report cards downloaded from the issuing school or institutional website

While we will use these documents, please forward official transcripts to our office once you can obtain them so we can verify results.

NOTE: Unless it is specifically requested, you do not need to submit additional documents other than your final transcripts if the university has already offered you acceptance.

Nova Scotia students who have provided their Provincial Student ID Number, as well as Ontario students who provided an OUAC ID number and consent to download documents electronically, do not need to submit additional documents. We will access these transcripts electronically.

Knowing the challenges that the COVID-19 disruption presents, we are taking a holistic approach to student results. Now more than ever, we must show fairness and be equitable in our efforts to help students based on their needs and unique circumstances. Saint Mary's University is committed to working with schools and students.

Domestic students

If you do not write exams this year, we will accept results given out by your school. Scans of transcripts/marks can be forwarded to us. Additionally, we will consider your academic performance from the previous year. 

International students

For international students, we have processes in place for their applications. If you do not write exams such as IB Diploma, GCSE, IGCSE, WASSCE, and GCE this year, we will accept results given out by your school. Scans of transcripts/marks can be forwarded to us. As with domestic students, we will consider your academic performance from the previous year.

We are happy to answer any questions and will work with all applicants to resolve any issues you may encounter when trying to access the documents required for your application.

Undergraduate students:
Please contact the Admissions Office by email or phone at 902-491-6438.

Graduate students:
Contact us by email
See our information for students accepted into graduate programs.

Currently, we are not offering in-person campus tours, but there is an opportunity for you to complete a virtual tour. Additionally, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the campus, so please send us an email

We have a list of virtual events and webinars you might be interested in participating in online.

Given the recent suspension of activities at English language proficiency testing centers worldwide, we will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a means to demonstrate English competency. 

We will also accept the IELTS online indicator test. 

Learn more about our English proficiency requirements

You may need to have further English proficiency testing upon your arrival to campus.  

Duolingo Test Score Requirements:

University Bridging Program (3 Credit)  


University Bridging Program (6 Credit)




Graduate (MFIN and others)




Future students can get a head start on their Saint Mary's University experience by registering for spring and summer courses. Although we have modified the way we are delivering courses, we want to assure you that your Saint Mary's experience will also continue this fall. We will notify you if there are any changes.  No matter how we end up delivering courses, our faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals during these unprecedented times.

Please contact us by email to notify us of your intent. We will send you a form to complete and send back by email. You may defer your studies for up to a year from the original application date.

All course deliveries will continue in the fall, including labs and statistics. Unique arrangements are underway for lab course delivery based on consultations and guidelines. Some of the possible options include:

  •  virtual labs with video-based lab demonstrations
  •  remote, hands-on lab activities that students conduct at home, using lab kits
  •  remote access to software and instruments to complete labs

Before starting the term, instructors will contact students to provide more information and guidance on how to complete labs.  

More information

For information on a variety of student-related topics, please see our collection of FAQs.

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