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 actually get to know you.
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 unique pedagogy, and partly because we know each individual student and how they learn best. This allows us to offer a rigorous academic experience for every student, preparing them for diverse careers or for further study – our graduates are particularly successful at entering Masters degree programs.
At SSU you’ll also get the opportunity to explore and develop your spirituality as part of your educational experience. To us this is a vital element of learning and growth. We love to tackle deep questions of faith, identity and meaning as an integral part of our Liberal Arts program. We ask these questions from a position of open-mindedness, and without any hidden agenda. No pat answers here – we think the questions are often more helpful, and being over-certain of answers can limit learning and growth. One of the hallmarks of a Liberal Arts degree is critical thinking – the analysis and evaluation of an issue to form an opinion. At SSU we help you form, question and express your opinions and worldview, fostering an environment in which we respect and learn from those with differing opinions and worldviews.
SSU is a Liberal Arts university with a Christian community at its core: our staff and faculty identify as diverse Christians from many different backgrounds, many of us aligning with a progressive Christian stance (click HERE to learn more about what this means to us). We don’t have statements of belief or entrance requirements that students must agree to – we are an affirming, inclusive university and welcome students from ANY background or stage in life’s journey. We love the beauty in diversity!