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 performing in concerts and working on compositions in the electronic music lab.
• 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.
• Poetry of Atlantic Canada: Students explore the long tradition of poetry from colonial-era Loyalist verses to present-day works.
• Leadership in Sustainability: Examines the fundamental principles and tools needed for leadership development, and how this can support sustainable societies. Students learn about group dynamics and its role in sustainable community development.
$8,750 ($10,033 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,413 · Part-time: 147
Graduates: Full-time: 98 · Part-time: 351
International Students: First-year: 9.4% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
1,608 (800 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $9,574 to $11,080 · Single room with meals: $10,369 to $13,445 · Double room without meals: $5,100 to $6,075 · Single room without meals: $5,895 to $8,440