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 school’s 11 varsity sports teams.
• Music: Class sizes are small in this degree program that offers three options: bachelor of music, bachelor of arts in music or bachelor of music therapy. Students participate in weekly concerts, ensembles, solo recitals and community outreach. Courses include musicology and composition with JUNO award-winning faculty.
• Kinesiology: A high-tech motion capture lab and a partnership with Adidas to look at how footwear can prevent injuries help keep this program on the cutting edge. Students also get to work as assistants and athletic therapists with their varsity sports teams.
• The Environment: Acadia has two programs that focus on studying the environment. The environmental science program lets students approach issues from a scientific perspective, while the environmental and sustainability studies program looks at environmental policy.
• Contaminants in the Environment: Study the history of chemicals released into the environment and the effects they have on ecosystems, as well as methods of assessing ecological risk.
• Physics of Music: Students are introduced to topics of pitch, loudness and timbre in this physics class focused on sound. They also explore methods of sound production.
|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
|1,580 (800 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 70%