Who We Are
The original St. Mary’s College Act received Royal Assent on September 18, 1986. On June 16, 2004, St. Mary’s College officially became St. Mary’s University College and was authorized to grant its own Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees. St. Mary’s University (StMU) is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in LIBERAL ARTS, SCIENCES AND EDUCATION. Located on a historic site in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, StMU inspires students to combine academics with a passionate commitment to ethics, social justice and respect for diversity of opinion and belief. St. Mary’s has 875 full- and part-time students, 80 full- and part-time faculty, and an average class size of 25.
St. Mary’s University will be a leader in post-secondary education, open to all, and focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Founded on the Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s will prepare its students to live with integrity, compassion and confidence.
A LEADER IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION, St. Mary’s is open to all, and focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Founded on the CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL TRADITION, St. Mary’s will prepare its students to live with integrity, compassion and confidence. Through the PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE and SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, we prepare our students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society. St. Mary’s is a CENTRE OF KNOWLEDGE with a library that holds extensive collections in many key areas and a Centre for Learning, Access and Student Success dedicated to helping students become successful learners. The campus is an engaging GATHERING PLACE where all are invited to join in events such as Speakers Series, Eucharistic celebrations, social justice campaigns, drama and choral performances and a variety of festivals and academic symposiums.
What We Offer
St. Mary’s University offers eight Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Education after degree and transferable university courses in 35 academic disciplines. St. Mary’s is accredited to offer four three-year Bachelor of Arts degrees with concentrations in General Studies, English, History, or Psychology. As well as five four-year degrees: a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology , a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Liberal Studies , a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History as well as a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. And see our after-degree Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Program.
Through the pursuit of knowledge and service to the community, we prepare our students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society.
St. Mary’s University is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC), the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) .
The icon complementing the name St. Mary’s is based on the letter “M” for Mary. Four qualities of Mary (simplicity, clarity, purity and confidence) are each represented by one of the four letter M’s. As these four letters are brought together, toward the centre, they begin to form a simple framework of a star that is integral to the motto of St. Mary’s: “In your light we shall see light.” (Psalm 36:9). Click here to view the Story of Our Logo.
In lumine tuo videbimus lumen (In your light we shall see light) Psalm 36:9
Coat of Arms
There is much symbolism in St. Mary’s new Coat of Arms. The colour blue, the lily, and the rose are all associated with St. Mary, the patron saint of the University. The lily is a symbol of Francophone culture and refers to the fact that the University is located on the site of the home of the Quebec-born Father Albert Lacombe. The wild rose is the provincial flower of Alberta. The osprey — a local bird that nests on campus — is shown clasping a scroll, symbolizing scholarship. The supporters — a bison and white-tailed deer — demonstrate an acknowledgement that St. Mary’s is located at the site of a former Blackfoot buffalo jump, and that deer appear frequently on campus. The University’s motto at the bottom of the Coat of Arms — IN LUMINE TUO VIDEBIMUS LUMEN — is a Latin phrase from Psalm 36 meaning “In your light we shall see light.”