As part of our undergraduate admissions process 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, it just helps us to understand why you’re interested in SSU. 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.
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 totally unique learning community in which everyone knows each other, and professors share daily life with students. Instead of being anonymous in a large university, at SSU we’ll get to know you. 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.
Most other universities focus on programs, facilities and knowledge transfer; our aim is to create a caring, accepting environment that helps build a strong foundation for independent adult life. In this kind of environment, we believe that students are much better prepared to learn and excel academically, partly because of our outstanding faculty and holistic learning style, and partly because we can actually get to know each individual student and how they learn best. This allows us to provide a rigorous academic experience for each student, preparing them for all kinds of careers, or for further study.
We are a Liberal Arts university centred around a Christian community; we aren’t like Christian universities that have quite strict rules and entry requirements, with statements of belief to sign and mandatory services to attend. Our staff and faculty are Christians from a wide variety of backgrounds and diverse perspectives, but we don’t have any religious entry requirements at all (our doors are open to anyone, regardless of their spiritual perspectives – we have students across the complete spectrum of faith and non-faith), and we definitely don’t try to make people conform to a rigid set of behavioural rules or spiritual beliefs. We try and create an environment where everyone is free 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 have found that this is a very effective way of 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]