Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University | Sackville, N.B. | Founded 1839


Mount Allison University Campus

With 2,400 students, Mount Allison offers the intimacy of a large high school with a top-notch liberal arts and science education in picturesque Sackville, N.B. (population 5,500). “Mount Allison is the type of place where close-knit relationships are not only possible, they are bound to happen,” says president Robert Campbell. Mount A has a reputation for its bachelor of fine arts program, established more than a century ago. Students can admire the Group of Seven paintings at the Owens Art Gallery—the oldest university art gallery in the country. Notable grads include CBC anchor Ian Hanomansing, painter Alex Colville and Kimberley Amirault, a performance consultant who has worked with the Canadian Olympic team, the New York Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers. The school, with its ivy-covered stone buildings, has a welcoming, community feel, with many residences housing about 100 students each and a student centre in the heart of campus. When the weather permits, the swan pond draws couples on their first dates. In 2014, the university opened the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, a 50,000-sq.-foot facility equipped with specialized studios and classrooms for fine arts and drama, as well as a 100-seat theatre.

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Standout Programs

Aviation: In partnership with the Moncton Flight College, this bachelor of science program covers geography, math and physics, while allowing students to obtain their commercial pilot’s licence.

Fine Arts: Students develop a deepened awareness of themselves and their place in their environment, community and culture, through study and production of the visual arts. Courses are taught by practising artists and art historians.

Cognitive Studies: This is an interdisciplinary program combining computer science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and neuroscience. Mount Allison is one of the only universities in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in cognitive science.

Cool Courses

Environmental Activism: This course has encouraged students to pursue environmental campaigns ranging from promoting local food and agriculture to protesting shale gas development in New Brunswick.

Arts and Culture Marketing: Students organize an event which sees students in drama, English, fine arts, and music share their talent with the people of Sackville at 10 downtown businesses while they shop, eat, and pick up their mail.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70.6%
Science: 71.2%
Commerce: 73.1%
$8,335 1st & 2nd year: 47.7
3rd & 4th year: 13.3
Full-time: 2,332
Part-time: 94
1,142 (750 reserved for first years) Graduation: 56.4%
Retention: 81.7%

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