Vision and Mission

The vision, mission and core values of Saint Mary’s University lay the foundation for the direction and culture of our university.


Saint Mary’s, building on its strong tradition of accessibility and community engagement, will be the university of choice for aspiring citizens of the world.


The mission of Saint Mary’s University is to:

  • Offer undergraduate, graduate and life-long learning programs.
  • Engage in research and disseminate its results.
  • Serve the community from the local to the international level.

Core values

Our values articulate our distinctive contribution to civil society, locally and globally. These values are highlighted in the Santamarian Signature:

  • Pursuing academic growth
  • Demonstrating resilience
  • Developing intercultural competence
  • Engaging our alumni and community
  • Exercising ethical wisdom

Our commitment to you

The university is committed to accessibility, diversity and the provision of a positive and supportive learning environment through the effective integration of teaching and research. We recognize the importance of the contribution and growth of each individual in the university’s success.

Preparing students for the future

Through promoting the importance of critical enquiry, leadership, teamwork and global awareness, we aim to prepare students for responsible and rewarding lives and to remain engaged with our alumni worldwide.

Let’s work together

Saint Mary’s welcomes mutually beneficial partnerships and strategic alliances with all levels of government, with other educational institutions, non-government institutions and the private sector.

Learn more about Saint Mary’s strategic framework and initiatives.


General Inquiries


University Security:

Emergencies: 902-420-5000
Non-emergency line: 902-420-5577

Cancellation/Closure Hotlines:

Students: 902-491-6263
Faculty & Staff: 902-491-6264

Go to the Campus Directory for faculty, staff and departments.

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