Acadia University

Acadia University | Wolfville, N.S. | Founded 1838


Acadia University Campus

Acadia is in tiny Wolfville, with a population just slightly higher than the number of students enrolled, half of whom live on campus. Acadia students spend less time commuting and more time community-building. The 100-hectare site in the Annapolis Valley has ivy-covered walls and sloping lawns dotted with trees. A student-run farm supplies vegetables and herbs. Acadia focuses on an undergraduate liberal arts education in a setting where professors and students easily connect. “You can’t sit on the sidelines here,” says president Ray Ivany. “We challenge the students, but, in a way, that ensures their success.” The school offers a transcript to certify achievements outside the classroom in volunteering, leadership and professional development. More than 250 students each semester participate in the Sensory Motor Instructional and Leadership Experience (SMILE) program that helps youth with disabilities participate in physical activities. They can also work on service projects through the Institute for Civic Engagement. At the end of the day, students can cheer on one of the 11 varsity sports teams.

READ: Acadia through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs
• Music: Class sizes are small in this degree program that offers three options: bachelor of music, arts in music, or music therapy. Students participate in weekly concerts, ensembles, solo recitals and community outreach. Courses include musicology and composition with JUNO award-winning faculty.
• Computer Science: Students can take this four-year degree and focus only on computing or combine it with business, biology, engineering, education—even music. A co-op option is available.
• Business: Students can choose from six majors and have the option of co-op. The Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship assists with business plans, market research, financial analysis and more.

Cool Courses
• Environmental Leadership in Sustainability: In small classes of about 30, students work on a project that makes a positive contribution to the university or local community. Examples include creating a vegetarian menu for campus, and teaching middle-school students about water conservation.
• Statistical Consulting: A senior-level course that allows students to undertake a consulting project with outside businesses. Recent projects have included analysis of deer populations and pharmaceutical drugs.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 70%; Arts: 70%; Science: 70%; Commerce: 70% $7,738.88 ($9,021.88 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 43.2
3rd & 4th year: 17.1
Full-time: 3,436
Part-time: 164
1,580 (800 reserved for first years) Graduation: 70%
Retention: 77.5%

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