Something we hear a lot from parents is how they wish they’d known that SSU existed when THEY were looking for a university. Because we’re small and tucked away in a small town in New Brunswick, you might not have heard of us until now, but we’ve been offering something a little different from other universities for over 40 years: we mix outstanding academics with spiritual development and extended world travel, while living together in a 19th Century mansion in a diverse, open-minded community. Yup, it’s different! But we think it’s an incredible way to prepare young people for their career, for further study, and for life.
You can get a regular degree at any university. But seriously, do you already know what you want to do for the rest of your life? Are you confident that you know who you are, what you’re good at, what you want out of life and what you can contribute to the world? Those are the kind of questions we tackle at SSU – our community living experience, caring staff and faculty, world travel program and thought-provoking classes help you figure this stuff out. AND you get a degree.
Going to university is not merely the next step in your education, it’s the first four years of your independent life away from home. It’s you being you, no holds barred. What does that look like? We’d like to see.
We think a broad degree education is the best preparation for diverse careers and lots of job options. If you know you want to be a doctor, that’s awesome. But if you’re not totally sure what you want to do as a career, don’t narrow down your options with a narrow field of study. Employers love our Liberal Arts graduates because they are ready for anything – they can think for themselves, express themselves and work with people who aren’t like them.
Before you go to university, ask yourself why you’re going. Why get a degree? At SSU we are convinced that ‘giving is the key to living’; yes, your degree is about you and it will undoubtedly make your life better (yay!), but ultimately, living life to the full means giving yourself away – offering yourself and all that you are to a world that needs YOUR contribution. We want to help you figure out where and how you fit and what you’ve got to offer – how you’re going to engage with the world and navigate its constant change.
We combine whole-class, full credit world travel with our degree programs because it’s such a powerful tool for personal growth – in the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Quite so.
If you’re looking to go on to a Master’s degree, you’ll be pleased to know that our grads are particularly sought after by grad schools. Over 30% of our grads go on to further study, many with significant scholarships.
St. Stephen’s University is located in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. The campus overlooks the St. Croix River separating St. Stephen from Calais, Maine. Our nearest airports are Saint John, Fredericton and Bangor, Maine. You can drive here from Ontario in a day! We are right beside the ocean on the Bay of Fundy, in a small town that used to be a bustling port. It’s known as Canada’s Chocolate Town because a few steps away is a chocolate factory where the first chocolate bar was invented a looooong time ago.
Our main building is Park Hall – affectionately known as the Big Yellow House. Built at the turn of the 19th century by a wealthy shipbuilder, it houses our offices, residence, classrooms, kitchen and dining room. Daily life together is at the core of the SSU experience and, through spending time together, you will find yourself supported and shaped by those around you. Almost 100% of our graduates say that the SSU community life is what they miss most once they leave here. You can get a degree on any campus, but travelling and living with your friends at Park Hall is what makes a degree at SSU a uniquely transformative experience.