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Mount Allison University

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

Mount Allison University. (Mount Allison)

Mount Allison delivers a high-quality liberal arts and science education in picturesque Sackville, N.B. (population 5,500). “Mount Allison offers students a strong and vibrant sense of community. Students are able to branch out, to explore new interests, and to make lifelong friends in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment,” says Robert Campbell, who is wrapping up 12 years as president. The residential campus, with its ivy-covered sandstone buildings, has a welcoming feel. Students can walk across campus in less than 10 minutes and be downtown in just five. The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts is equipped with specialized studios and classrooms for fine arts and drama, as well as a 100-seat theatre. A new athletics turf field, Alumni Field, and stadium bleachers were recently unveiled and the new Centre for Environmental Innovation is slated to open in 2018. Two years ago, Mount A opened Mawita’mkw, a designated Indigenous gathering space and home to the university’s first elder-in-residence. Mount Allison’s fine arts program, established more than 160 years ago, is highly regarded. Students can admire the work of alumnus Alex Colville at the Owens Art Gallery—the oldest university art gallery in the country—and visit the late artist’s studio, which has been donated to Mount A.

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Standout Programs
• Fine Arts: This program balances intellectual and hands-on exploration of the visual arts; courses are taught by practising artists and art historians.
• Philosophy, Politics and Economics: This multidisciplinary program brings together three fundamental fields of study to give students different perspectives and a deeper understanding of the human experience; develops critical thinking through exploring multiple views of the world.
• Aviation: In partnership with the Moncton Flight College, this bachelor of science program covers geography, math, computer science and physics, while allowing students to obtain their commercial pilot’s licence.

Cool Courses
• Social Research: Decolonizing Methodologies: This sociology field course explores the impact settler colonialism continues to have on Indigenous peoples; students gain a knowledge of the importance of the land, Indigenous languages, ceremony and cultural traditions.
• Museum Studies: Explores the history of museums, as well as current practices, covering such topics as the politics of museums, the development of exhibitions, and issues of artistic freedom and censorship.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70.5%
Science: 72.5%
Commerce: 72.7%
$8,648 1st & 2nd year: 47.6
3rd & 4th year: 11.6
Undergraduates: 2,422
Graduates: 16
1,100 (750 reserved for first years) Graduation: 62.7%
Retention: 83.4%

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