Acadia University

Acadia University | Wolfville, N.S. | Founded 1838

Acadia campus exterior

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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. 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. A new vertical growing system, housed in a shipping container, produces greens year-round in an initiative focused on healthy, sustainable eating. 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. Over the past year, 475 students volunteered 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.

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Standout Programs
Community Development: Learn skills needed to foster communities and collaborate with stakeholders and government. Four areas of specialization are available, including community wellness and social activism.
Kinesiology: This accredited program partners with Acadia’s varsity athletics programs and health organizations to offer hands-on experiential learning and research.
Applied Computer Science: Students can specialize in software development, game development, data analytics, or mobile and ubiquitous computing, or integrate their studies with other disciplines, such as biology, business, health science or education.

Cool Courses
Musical Masterworks: Explore major musical works throughout history in readings, recordings and musical scores.
Natural Disasters: Study the causes and effects of natural disasters, the science behind predicting, and decision-making and remediating when they happen.

$9,017 ($10,300 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Business: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,350 · Part-time: 154
Graduates: Full-time: 111 · Part-time: 308
International Students: First-year: 13.4% · Graduate: 18.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 1,690 (800 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals:
$9,830 to $11,380 · Single room with meals: $10,650 to $13,815 · Double room without meals: $5,250 to $6,255 · Single room without meals: $6,070 to $8,690

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