Halifax is home to six degree granting (4-year) universities and three community colleges providing a full range of high-quality post-secondary options to over 40,000 students:
Dalhousie University - the leading comprehensive research and teaching university serving Atlantic Canada. The University provides over 15,000 students with a first class post- secondary education in more than 180 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 11 diverse faculties including specialized training in a variety of health professions, medicine, dentistry, architecture, engineering, and law.
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) - offers 35 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences and an array of professional programs including Business Administration, Education, Information Technology, Public Relations, and Tourism and Hospitality Management. The university is committed to providing accessible education through its innovative distance learning and continuing education programs.
Saint Mary's University (SMU) - offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, arts, and science, Saint Mary's prides itself on being student focused while providing quality research opportunities. With a strong focus on business administration, the university is the only institution in Atlantic Canada offering a PhD in Business Administration.
NSCAD University - offers four-year undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Design (Honours), the Bachelor of Design, and the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts: Major in Art History. In addition, NSCAD also offers two graduate degree programs: a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in art education.
Nova Scotia Community College delivers a diverse program of trades, technology, health, human services, applied arts, new media, business administration and adult education through a system of 13 campuses - three located in Halifax - and six community learning centres located throughout Nova Scotia
Atlantic School of Theology (AST) - this Graduate School was created through the amalgamation of three faculties – Anglican, Roman Catholic, and the United Church of Canada – into one ecumenical school to serve the Atlantic Region. Other Christian denominations including Lutheran, Presbyterian, and the Salvation Army are also represented.
University of King's College (King's) - focusing entirely on undergraduate education, King's offers a unique first year experience for students with its Foundation Year Program. King's is also well-known in the region for its outstanding Bachelor of Journalism program.
Halifax University and Community College Enrollment, 2011-12
| Universities and Comunity Colleges||Full/Part-time Enrollment|
| Saint Mary's University||7,257|
| Mount Saint Vincent University||4,032|
| University of King's College||1,257|
| Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design University||1,013|
| Atlantic School of Theology||147|
| Nova Scotia Community College|
Source: Atlantic Association of Universities