Acadia University
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Tuition: $7,227.00  Students: 3,550
15 University Avenue, PO Box 7
Wolfville, NS      B4P 2R6

Acadia University

Acadia University is primarily an undergraduate institution. Founded in 1838, it was initially named “Queen’s College” by the Nova Scotia Baptist Education Society, although it was changed to Acadia College after the name was rejected by the Baptist school. The mission of the school is to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal education; promote a scholarly community; and inspire students to become critical thinkers, learners, and responsible citizens. Its motto is: In pulvere vinces, (In dust, you conquer). ... continued below

About Acadia University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

Acadia is situated in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, around 100 km northwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The campus size is around 250 acres, and some of the facilities of the campus include the Acadia Arena Complex, which includes an Olympic-sized ice arena that can house in approximately 2,000 people. It also has gymnasiums, swimming pool, football/rugby/soccer stadium, practice fields and outdoor running track.

Its main library is the Vaughan Memorial Library, which is located at the centre of the campus. It contains over a million titles in electronic and database formats. The University offers new students ten residences which range from 70 to 320 residents. Each residence is a walking-distance away from the library, classrooms, laboratories, athletic facilities, and students’ centre. The residences have a mixture of deluxe and single rooms, and suites and double rooms, and students are mandated to get a meal plan.

Student Services and Student Life

The University offers the following services: Academic Help or Tutoring (Academic Advising, Writing Centre, Tutoring Service, Plagiarism), Academic Support (Academic Support, Disability Access, Success Seminars), Career/Education/Internship (Aptitude/Interest/Personality Testing, Career Matchup Game, Graduate School Admission, Resume Resources), Counselling (Individual Counselling, Eating Disorders, Career/Education, Mental Health, Study Skills), Disability Access (Exam Accomodation, Disability Access, Disability Resource Facilitator), Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Relationships, Sleep Disturbances, Stress, Suicide Prevention, Student Health Services), Study Skills, and Centres (Financial Aid, Coop Education, Aboriginal Graduates).

The Acadia Student Union is the representative of all the registered students of the University. Aside from lobbying the rights and needs of students, they also provide Medical Plans, Food Services, Book Exchanges, Legal Services, Find-A-Spot (students looking to find housing accommodations). Students looking for extracurricular activities can join some of the available clubs, including the SIFE Acadia, Amnesty International, Business Society, Classics Society, Community Garden, Economics Society, History Club, Mathematics Society, Model United Nations, Paul Tom Debating Society, Philosophy Society, Psychology Society, Work for Widows, Young New Democrats, Political Science Society and others.

The Varsity Team of Acadia are the Axemen and Axewomen, and they represent the school in the Atlantic University Sports conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Students who want to join athletic/sports clubs can join Acadia Dance Collective, Acadia Field Hockey, Acadia Lacrosse Club, Acadia Power Cheer, Acadia Ultimate, Acadia Women’s Hockey, Dance Acadia, Equestrian Team, Fencing, Figure Skating Club, Kayaking Club, Mixed Martial Arts Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, and Swim Club.

Academic Programs

Acadia offers the following programs: Faculty of Arts (Canadian Studies, Classics, Comparative Religion, Economics, English & Theatre, History, Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies); Faculty of Pure & Applied Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Nutrition & Dietetics, Physics, and Psychology); Faculty of Professional Studies (Fred C. Manning School of Business, Education, Kinesiology, Recreation Management, and Recreation Management & Kinesiology); Faculty of Theology, and Research & Graduate Studies.

Famous Alumni

Some of the most famous graduates of Acadia include: Arthur Bourns, President of McMaster University, Bob Cameron, football player, Brendan Croskerry, musician; Charles B. Huggins, Nobel Laureate; Dale Frail, astronomer; Dalton Camp, journalist, politician and political strategist; David H. Levy, astronomer; Edgar Archibald, scientist and politician; Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament; Gordon Lockhart Bennett, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island; Henry Poole MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia; John Wallace de Beque Farris, Canadian senator; Kenneth Colin Irving, industrialist; Lorie Kane, LPGA golfer; Mark Day, actor; Milton Fowler Gregg, VC laureate, politician; Norman Atkins, Canadian senator; Paul Masotti, football player; Peter MacKay, lawyer, Canadian Minister of National Defence; Robert Irving, industrialist, and William Feindel, neurosurgeon.

Wolfville Information

Acadia University is situated in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Wolfville currently has a population approaching 4,000 residents. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Wolfville, from the highest tides in one of the world's smallest harbours, to the scenic fishing villages of Halls Harbour, to the charming view of Blomidon, to the beautiful apple orchards found around the entire area. You won't be disappointed. Don't forget your camera.