University description (as per official university website)
At Saint Paul University, your student experience will be...
Established in 1848 and federated with the University of Ottawa, which means that our degrees are jointly conferred, Saint Paul University boasts a tradition of and a commitment to academic excellence. Our programs — in 16 disciplines, ranging from undergraduate to the doctorate level — are taught by internationally renowned professors. The high quality of our teaching has adapted over time to better suit the needs and interests of the students.
Recent studies show that employers are increasingly interested in people who have been trained to think and understand subtle and complex problems, to come up with creative solutions that they can communicate to others. All programs at Saint Paul University are geared toward the acquisition of a broad range of fundamental competencies: moral and critical thinking, sound judgment, and global-mindedness (understanding and showing an interest in other cultures and getting along with diverse groups of people). You will discover and develop your full potential so that you are prepared to offer practical and insightful analyses of real-world problems.
The diversity of the student body at Saint Paul University makes for a distinctive environment. You will evolve in a bilingual, multi-cultural, multi-faith, and “all-age” range setting. With over 30 countries represented among our student population, the development of cross-cultural friendships among the members of the University community is one of many treasured opportunities found at Saint Paul University. As a Catholic institution of inclusive and universal nature, Saint Paul University is open to other religions, and wishes to favour interreligious dialogue.
Consisting of two interrelated buildings, Guigues Hall and Laframboise Hall, the campus provides a safe and pleasant environment – a unique alternative to larger Canadian universities. Surrounded by beautifully kept grounds, the greenery found on the campus evokes a sense of tranquillity conducive to study.
With a ratio of 1:12, professors can devote their full attention to students and their learning. At Saint Paul University, there is room for discussion. Faculty encourage lively debate, critical thinking, and a detailed examination of ideas.
With a student population of less than 1,000, students at Saint Paul are referred to by name. Personalized service to students is a unique characteristic of the University. Academic and administrative staff are easily accessible and approachable.
According to the Canadian Federation of Students, “the cost of attending university is the chief determinant in whether or not a Canadian is going to attend university.” Saint Paul University’s tuition fees are among the lowest in Ontario. Plus, students are eligible for admission scholarships and bursaries.
A new residence on campus opened its doors in September 2005. The residence can accommodate 187 students and offers many services.