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Accessibility at Saint Mary's University

For people with and without disabilities; a guide to accessibility at Saint Mary's University, in Nova Scotia, and in Canada.

Saint Mary's Campus Accessibility

If you are new to Saint Mary's University, or if you are trying to decide if this is a good school or workplace for you, these resources will help you by introducing you to our physical campus.

If you use a wheelchair, you will be happy to learn that the landscape is very flat. If you are a Braille user, your navigation will be made easier by the fact that almost all doors in Saint Mary's academic buildings have braille signs.

For braille users, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities has a binder of tactile maps of the campus and its buildings. If you would like to access these maps, or if you have any other accessibility questions or concerns about Saint Mary's physical campus, please contact the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities (fredsmithers.centre@smu.ca). A link to the contact information for several staff at the Centre can be found in the Financial Aid section of this page under the tab, Provincial, Federal and International Aid.

This map shows the locations of accessible bathrooms, elevators, ramps, and other accessible features on the Saint Mary's campus.

Saint Mary's Accessibility and Academic Supports

At Saint Mary's University, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities offers resources for accommodating your needs. In order to access these accommodations, you are required to:

Accommodations are based on the information provided in the Disability Verification form or, for learning disabilities, a psycho-educational assessment completed within the last 5 years. The Disability Verification form must be completed by a licensed health care professional qualified in the field of the student's disability.

For more information, visit the Centre on the third floor of the Student Union Building (SUB), or see their website:

The resources listed here are useful to people with and without disabilities. If you are a prospective student or employee, the university-specific links may help you decide if Saint Mary's is right for you. If you have already enrolled, studied, or worked here, these links may provide you with information about internal and external supports you never knew existed.

Financial Aid

The following links provide information about Saint Mary's University's scholarships, bursaries, and other financial resources. Unlike Canada's federal and provincial financial aid programs, Saint Mary's University's scholarships and bursaries are available to all students regardless of nationality. Saint Mary's offers over 250 scholarships per year, and only a small percentage of the student population typically applies for them.

Every province offers financial aid to eligible students who are residents of that province. Beyond this, Canada offers financial aid to eligible Canadian students. If you require assistance applying for provincial or federal financial aid, or if you have any questions about the process, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities can help. A link to their contact page is below.

Please note that it is important to apply for financial aid as early as possible, even if you do not think you are eligible, as you are only able to get federal service and equipment grants (for assistive technology and tutoring or notetaking) if you have applied for financial aid through your province of residence.

If you are an international student studying at Saint Mary’s, you may be eligible for some federal financial aid as well as scholarships and bursaries offered by Saint Mary’s University (see the previous tab in this box for more details). If you require assistance finding or applying for financial aid programs, or if you have any questions, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities can help.