President’s Message

DrTurcotteonStairs175pxOn behalf of the faculty, staff and students of St. Mary’s University, I would like to offer my warmest welcome to you. If you are reading these words, then you already have a small sense of the magic and value of our university, or at least you have made the first steps to come to know this aspect better. St. Mary’s is a place with heart. It is a university that places students first, with a commitment to quality teaching that is second to none. Anchored in a 2000-year-old Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s courses and degrees challenge the mind and stimulate the senses. Ours is a program devoted to developing the whole person: body, mind and spirit. This is a commitment that we make to every student we serve.

What this means is that we hire only the best faculty and staff. We place students first and help them develop into caring, compassionate, lifelong learners. We ensure that all of our students are given important, discipline-specific knowledge, based in a broader liberal arts tradition that provides an intellectual, moral and spiritual framework for everything we do. We hope that our students will not only encounter the world once they leave our university, but also shape and change the world — to become ethically responsible global citizens.

Despite this grand ambition, we seek to accomplish this in an intimate and personalized setting. Our small class sizes guarantee that students are not lost in the crowd and ensure that they will be seen, heard and valued. Our magnificent 38-acre site, adjacent to Fish Creek Provincial Park, is not just picturesque — with deer and coyotes regularly wandering through the campus — it is also a rich environment that allows for joint projects between our academic programs and the provincial park. Our beautifully restored heritage buildings contribute to a sense that, once here, you have entered a unique and precious space.

In short, St. Mary’s University  is a dynamic, welcoming teaching and research institution. We offer fully accredited, affordable, and rigorous degrees that are recognized the world over. As we move into our 27th year, we invite you to take this journey with us. We hope that your adventure will be an amazing one, and that you will remain connected to St. Mary’s for a lifetime.

I look forward to meeting you and personally welcoming you to St. Mary’s University.

Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President