King’s unique partnership with neighbouring Dalhousie University, Atlantic Canada's most intensive research institution, gives students many opportunities to combine and customize degrees.
Our Foundation Year Programme, founded in 1972, is a pioneering programme that addresses the history of Western thought through interdisciplinary lectures, small tutorial sessions, and a strong emphasis on writing that has inspired similar programmes, both nationally and across the globe.
The university, rich with history, maintains many of its old academic traditions: Formal Meal has the students and faculty dressed in academic gowns, student societies founded in the early 19th century are still thriving, a Matriculation reception is held each September in honour of entering students, and graduates are fêted with an Encaenia ceremony each May.
King’s is a gathering of peers, faculty, alumni and staff whose values and thinking bring greater understanding, creativity, and compassion to the world. The King’s experience spills into every aspect of life on and off campus.
King’s campus is nestled on the northwest corner of Dalhousie University, with which it grants joint degrees. Resembling the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, a central quadrangle is surrounded by an award-winning library, stone residences, a chapel and a gym. Many first-year students enrol in the unique Foundation Year Programme to prepare for upper-year courses, where they study the great works of Western thought—from Plato to Dante to Beckett—and take part in lectures and small-group tutorials.
King's was ranked first in Canada in the 2008 and 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement for its first-year programming.
It has a well-established national profile for many reasons, whether through the History of Science and Technology programme's success as the lead partner in the SSHRC-funded Situating Science project or through the chapel choir under the direction of five-time Grammy-winning music director Paul Halley.