For the second part of your application we ask you to read this description of life at SSU and simply express what it would mean to you to live in this kind of community. This is not a test; your response just helps us to understand why you’re interested in SSU and what kind of academic and personal goals you might have for your time here. We’re looking to admit the applicants that really want to join us here. You can respond in one of the following ways:
- Write a paragraph (of approximately 250 words) on the form below, or
- Create a brief video presentation and send it to [email protected], or
- Request to share your thoughts with us over the phone – contact us with a time that would suit you.
(Note: if you are applying for the Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice, you do not need to respond – your application is complete.)
St. Stephen’s University is the smallest university in Canada, only accepting up to 30 new students each year. This allows us to create a unique learning community in which everyone knows each other and professors share daily life with students. Instead of the anonymous culture that is inevitable at a large university, at SSU we’re interested in you as a unique person. We want SSU to be a place where you can be who you really are and figure out who you want to be – acceptance is at the core of who we are, and we welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and stages in life’s journey.
This is not at the expense of academic excellence. In fact, this personal approach is what enables us to challenge and support you as you master the skills and complexity of a university education. Most other universities focus on programs, facilities and knowledge transfer; our aim is to create a learning community that includes outstanding faculty, caring staff, and students who support each other on a journey of expanding their understanding of the world and finding confidence in their place in it. This emphasis on shared and experiential education has enabled our alumni to be well-prepared for graduate study or for a broad range of careers.
We are a Liberal Arts university centred around a Christian community; we aren’t like Christian universities that have strict rules and entry requirements, with statements of belief to sign and mandatory services to attend. Our staff and faculty are inspired by their diverse faith backgrounds and perspectives, but we don’t have religious entry requirements at all (our doors are open to anyone, regardless of their spiritual perspectives – we have students across the spectrum of faith and non-faith), and we don’t try to make people conform to a rigid set of behavioural rules or spiritual beliefs. We do try to create an environment where everyone is free and equipped to think and make decisions for themselves, respectful of everyone else in the community. We know from experience that when living in a close-knit community, behaviour that respects others is vital! In this way, SSU is able to offer a meaningful experience of life together that everyone can enjoy.
And then of course there’s the travel. Rather than sticking you in a foreign country for a while, charging you an enormous amount of money and calling it a travel program, you’ll travel the world with your whole class (and professors), and it’s affordable. We travel because we believe it is an incomparable path of transformative education, shedding light on our worldviews and opening our minds to new perspectives. It’s also an incredibly memorable and enjoyable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We invite you to join our community. Be Yourself, Journey Together, Expand your World.
Submit your response right now and once we have your transcript, your application is complete! Just ask your guidance counsellor at your school to fax your transcript to 1.855.466.1783 or email it to [email protected]