Acadia is located in tiny Wolfville, N.S., which has 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. “Acadia’s strength is the blending of community engagement with classroom learning,” says president Peter Ricketts. “Our students learn by immersing themselves in the world around them—but they get to define their world. From renewable energy to community development to social justice, our students graduate as leaders of change.” Students in most arts programs can pursue co-op work placements, letting them graduate with a year of professional experience. Acadia 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. At the end of the day, students can cheer on one of the school’s 11 varsity sports teams.
• Music: Provides instruction in both classical and contemporary genres, and encourages experimentation. Students can hone their skills with faculty and perform in concerts. A music therapy program is also offered.
• Data Analytics: Students develop key math and computing skills for big data, learning how to extract information and transform it into new discoveries, practical policies and informed decisions; includes co-op.
• The Environment: Two programs are available: environmental science lets students approach issues from a scientific perspective; environmental and sustainability studies looks at environmental policy.
• Food as a Social Issue: Topics include nutrition and health, food and social inequality, and the food industry. An experiential learning project offers a chance to work with farms and community groups.
• Pop Culture and World Politics: Examines how popular culture and politics interact; assesses the impact of film, music and more on the contemporary political climate.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 70%; Arts: 70%; Science: 70%; Commerce: 70%||$8,007 ($9,290 out-of-province)||1st & 2nd year: 41.2
3rd & 4th year: 18.1
|1,580 (800 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 71.6%