At Acadia University, students spend less time commuting and more time community-building: almost half of the student body lives on campus. 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. A new vertical growing system, housed in a shipping container, produces greens year-round for healthy, sustainable eating. Many of Acadia’s research spaces were recently modernized, including the revamped Acadia Science Complex. Students can study birds on the university’s private island wildlife reserve and access specialized labs for biomechanics and food and beverage analysis.
“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; then they can graduate with a year of professional experience. On average, 98 per cent of co-op students landed work terms throughout 2020. Students can connect with staff, alum and community members through the Acadia Café, an online networking program, or volunteer in the sensory motor instructional and leadership experience (SMILE) program, which 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.
• Business Administration: Students may choose from six specializations, study abroad, participate in co-op placements and complete projects with local organizations.
• Computer Science: Create computer systems that solve real-world problems. The program offers small class sizes and co-op placements at leading software companies.
• Biology: Students get hands-on experience with access to indoor and outdoor labs, as well as field courses that draw on local aquatic, wetland, farm and forest ecosystems.
• Food as a Social Issue: Explore topics such as food’s symbolic meaning and the impact of gender roles and mass media.
• Indigenous Law/Government in Canada: Learn how Indigenous knowledge informs contemporary Indigenous law and governance across Canada.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$9,285 ($10,568 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,346 · Part-time: 129
Graduates: Full-time: 114 · Part-time: 326
International Students: First-year: 12.2% · Graduate: 21.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,307 (1,690 last year with 800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,967 to $14,108 · Single room without meals: $6,250 to $8,830