Acadia University, WOLFVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA

    Wolfville, Nova ScotiaLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    EStd 1838established year

    Acadia University Ranking, Programs, Admission Process, Fees and Scholarships

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    Acadia University is a Public Liberal Arts University that was established in the year 1838 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is predominantly an undergraduate university with a few graduate courses. The university is home to 3800+ students comprising 3,574 undergraduates and 188 graduates. Around 11% international students from every province and 60 countries of the world join Acadia to pursue their higher education.

    Acadia University offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 4 faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Sciences, Theology and Professional Studies. The university’s co-op program is one of the highest ranked in the country. Around 22 programs include co-op options. Acadia also has strong varsity athletic programs and holds more conference and national championships than any other university in Atlantic Canada. In the past 30 years, the university has ranked in the top 5 in its category in Maclean’s magazine

    • Acadia University is nationally accredited and distributes more than $4.6 million in awards each year.
    • Acadia University is a part of the permanent research collection of the National Museum of American History.
    • It has an average class of 28 with A+ student-faculty interaction
    • Admissions at Acadia University are quite selective. The university has an International Population of 11%.
    • Acadia University has 11 Varsity Teams and 15 Athletics Clubs.
    • The student-faculty ratio is 14:1. Acadia is one of the top universities in Canada. According to Maclean, the university ranked 3rd in Canada and 1st in Nova Scotia.


    Type of University Public
    Faculty Members 211
    Total Number of Students 3,765
    Number of Undergraduate Seats 3,574
    Number of Postgraduate Seats 191
    Number of International Students 414
    Annual Acceptance Rate 49%
    Tuition Fee Range $7,390 - $20,910
    Languages used English, French, German, Spanish
    Test Score Accepted IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, PTE
    • Webometrics ranked Acadia 46th among the universities in Canada
    • A second rank in the Maclean’s Magazine for overall best primarily undergraduate university category

    Programs Offered at Acadia University

    Acadia University offers more than 200 Undergraduate and graduate programs. These are divided into the following faculties and divisions:

    • Faculty of Arts – 14 programs
    • Faculty of Professional Studies – 5 programs
    • Faculty of Pure and Applied Science – 9 programs
    • Faculty of Theology - The course focuses on providing the biblical, theological, historical, and practical foundation of the Christian faith and ministry.

    Graduate Programs at Acadia University

    Acadia University offers 17 Graduate level courses in the following fields:

    Courses Branches
    MSc Applied Geomatics
    Computer Science
    Mathematics and Statistics
    MDiv Divinity
    Med Education
    MA English
    Political Science
    Social and Political Thought
    MR Recreation Management
    DMIN Ministry
    Ph.D. Educational Studies

    Open Acadia

    Open Acadia offers its flexible programming and learning opportunities online and on-campus. The courses include:

    • Online Learning
    • Spring & Summer Courses
    • Master of Education
    • Teacher Education
    • Acadia Lifelong Learning
    • Summer Music Academy
    • Huggins High School Science Seminar
    • English Language Centre

    Co-op Programs at Acadia University

    Acadia also provides Co-Op programs with the duration of 4-8 months and 12-16 internships. Some of the Co-op programs with degrees are mentioned below:

    Undergraduate programs:

    • Bachelor of Arts in various specializations
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Community Development
    • Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Science in various disciplines

    Graduate programs:

    • Master of Science in Computer Science
    • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

    Choose Your Schedule

    Schedule Online On-Campus (Day/Evening)
    Study Plan Full-time Part-time

    Acadia University Campus

    The main and only campus of Acadia University is located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Wolfville campus houses all the faculties and programs. It also has the Acadia University Art Gallery. The war memorial gymnasium and the war memorial house are landmark buildings for Acadia University.

    There are 12 residences in Acadia University which have a total capacity of around 1500. The residences and their capacities are as follows:

    Residence Name Capacity
    Chase court 255
    Chipman house 118
    Christofor hall 74
    Crowell tower 264
    Cutten house 258
    Dennis house 144
    Eaton house 91
    Raymond house 10
    Roy Jodrey hall 96
    Seminary house 90
    War memorial 137
    Whitman Hall 98
    Total 1545

    Types of Rooms

    Acadia University has five types of rooms available for students’ accommodation. They can select from four types of single rooms or go for the shared double room.

    Meal Plan

    Affordable meal plans are available to choose from for resident students. There are four varieties of meal plans for the students from.

    Acadia University Application Process

    Prerequisites: Prospective students need to start with the following before applying for the University-

    • Interested students must select the program and check its requirements on the official website.
    • International students are also required to fulfill the requirements stated for their country.
    • Students, domestic or international, must apply directly on the official website.

    Documents Required at Acadia University

    • All official transcripts
    • Statement of Purpose to study in Canada
    • English language proficiency test score
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Resume (outlining work experience, extra-curricular activities, achievements and activities)
    • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in university studies

    English Language Requirement

    An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by Acadia University. Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency: -

    Test Name Minimum Scores Required
    TOEFL 90 - iBT with no subtest score below 20
    IELTS 6.5, with no band below 5.5
    MELAB 80
    CAEL 70 with no subtest score below 60
    PTE 61 with no subtest score below 60
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English 176 with no subtest score below 169


    • Students who have studied in English for three years or more, may be exempted from submitting a proof of proficiency in English.
    • Students who fail to meet English requirements but are academically admissible may be allowed to study at the university upon successful completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

    Application fee at Acadia University

    • The application fee for undergraduate programs is $40 for all students.
    • The application fee for graduate programs is $50 for all students.

    Acadia University Cost of Study

    Given below is the cost of living in Canada incurred at Acadia University for different programs of study-

    Tuition Fee

    Level wise tuition fee for domestic and international students is as follows:

    Undergraduate courses

    Costs Nova Scotia students Canadian students International students
    Tuition $7,390 $8,673 $17,363

    Graduate courses

    Costs Nova Scotia students Canadian students International students
    MA $7,341 $8,624 $17,532
    MSC/MR/MA/other courses $4,760 $6,043 $12,215
    ASU Fees $302.50 $302.50 $302.50

    Doctoral Courses

    Costs Nova Scotia students Canadian students International students
    Tuition $9,172 $10,455 $20,910

    Co-op Fee

    Undergraduate Co-op fee:
    Co-op work term, fee per semester $1,697
    Co-op internship, fee per 16-month course $3,372
    Graduate Co-op fee:
    Co-op work term, fee per 4 month course $873
    Co-op internship, fee per 12 - 16 month course $1,734

    Student Residence Rates

    The price of accommodation at Acadia University is as follows:

    Room Type Cost
    Single $6,885
    Deluxe Single $7,735
    Premium Single $8,295
    Single in Suite $8,085
    Double Room $5,900

    Meal Plan Rates

    Meal Plan Cost
    5 Day Plan $4474
    7 Day Plan $4593
    7 Day Plus Plan $4827
    7 Day Max Plan $5005

    Acadia University Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for the upcoming graduates in Acadia University. Scholarships in Canada for International Students are available based on academic and extracurricular performances and financial need. A few scholarships are given below:

    Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Frequency Period
    Chancellor’s Scholarship $10,000 Once per year 4 years
    Board of Governor’s Scholarship $8,000 Once per year 4 years
    President’s scholarship $7,000 Once per year 4 years
    International Baccalaureate Scholarship $6,000 Once per year 4 years
    Renewable entrance scholarships $500 - $60,000 N/A N/A
    The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Studies $15,000 Once per year 4 years
    AIL Acadia Scholarship $38,000 + $22,000 N/A 4 years

    Acadia University Bursaries

    Bursaries are small amount of money to supplement the funding. Students must have a minimum of 80% in their academics to be eligible for these bursaries.

    Bursary Name Amount Frequency Period
    Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursaries $4,000 Once per year 4 years
    Spicer Hennessey Scholar-Bursary $28,000 + $16,000 N/A 4 years

    Acadia University Work-Study Program

    Provision of a Work-study program is available at Acadia University. Students can work on or off campus to earn some extra money. Students can work up to 20 hours a week.

    • Students enrolled in a full time course at Acadia University with a valid study permit, do not need to get an SIN to work off campus.
    • Acadia University provides career counselling and co-op programs. These help students find employment after graduation with ease.
    • It has a portal dedicated through which students can come in contact with prospective employers
    • Acadia University has shown an employment rate of 95%. The employed students have an average salary of $40,000 per year.

    Acadia University Alumni Network

    Acadia University has strong alumni network with graduates all across the globe.

    The university provides numerous benefits and services like discounts at partnered stores, insurance assistance, etc.

    The Acadia Alumni Association also offers a suite of awards to honors the alumni who distinction success in both life and career. Some of the major awards are:

    • Acadia Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award
    • Acadia Alumni Outstanding Youth Alumni Award
    • Acadia Alumni Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • The Isaac Chipman Award for Excellence in Alumni Service
    • The Athenaeum and Acadia Alumni Student Award of the Year Award

    Some of the alumni of Acadia University who are working in major positions are:

    • William Twaits: CEO of Imperial Oil Limited
    • Rev. William A. White: Noted Black Minister and Missionary
    • Stephen Wetmore: Former CEO of Canadian Tire Corporation
    • David H. Levy: Astronomer
    • Robert Irving: Industrialist
    • Peter Mackay: Lawyer, Canadian Minister of National Defence
    • Paul Masotti: Football Player
    • Donald Oliver: Canadian Senator


    Ques. What are some popular programs offered by Acadia University?

    Ans. Some of the most popular programs offered by Acadia University are English, Biology, Marketing, Psychology, Kinesiology, Environmental Studies, etc.

    Ques. What is the average requirement for admission to Acadia University?

    Ans. The average grade for entering students in class of 2021 is 86%.

    Ques. Is accommodation guaranteed for students at Acadia University?

    Ans. Yes, accommodation is guaranteed to first-year students at Acadia University through 11 residence buildings.

    Ques. How can the students get an admission application for Acadia University?

    Ans. Students can get the admission application by addressing the admission office. The students can also mail to the admission office or even give a call.

    Ques. How much is the application fee at Acadia University?

    Ans. The application fee for admission to Acadia University is 40 CAD for undergraduates and 50 CAD for graduates.

    Ques. What are the minimum requirements to get into Acadia University?

    Ans. A minimum of 70% is a requirement for admission to all programs offered by Acadia University. Completion of senior secondary, English and 4 additional subjects are required for undergraduate admissions.

    Ques. How many students go to Acadia University?

    Ans. Acadia University has an enrollment of 3,765 students.

    Ques. Will the fee be refunded by Acadia University if the student visa is unapproved?

    Ans. Yes, the 100% fee minus the administration fee would be refunded by the university only after submitting a copy of the refusal letter of student visa from the Canadian University.

    Ques. Can any program be completed by the student on a part-time basis?

    Ans. No, any program cannot be completed by the student part-time.

    Ques. Is GRE required for admission to a graduate degree program?

    Ans. Yes, it is mandatory to submit GRE scores for admission to graduate degree programs.

    $ 17,3611st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Nov 15

    Application Deadline

    Bachelor of Computer Science [B.C.S]

    full time | honours | co-op
    $ 13,3831st YEAR

    5 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 13,3831st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 01

    Application Deadline


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    7.2 / 10
    $ 13,3831st YEAR

    5 years

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    Mar 01

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    10 / 10

    Acadia University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $13,383 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    16 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.5--
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-90--

    Acadia University Acceptance Rate

    25.0 %

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $13,383 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $17,532 / Year
    On Campus
    Single Room
    $7,300 / Year
    Deluxe Single Bedroom
    $8,200 / Year
    Single Suite
    $6,255 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Program wise accreditation
    Chemistry Programs
    Canadian Society for Chemistry
    Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals
    Counselling Programs
    Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


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    RANKED  #1941


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    College Rating

    Based on 7 Students Rating

    7.8 out of 10
    7.4/10Social Life


    7.2 /10

    Because it is nice university with reasonable fees. And in Nova Scotia living expenses is also good as compared to other.

    Course Curriculum :

    It's very good. Professors are very nice. There is no racism. A very good and peaceful environment in college. Classes are very nice and fun loving to go. There is lots of activities going in class to make study interested.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7.7 /10

    Because I like it and friends recommend me are good. The campus is also good.

    Course Curriculum :

    It is relevant, good exposure towards a career or those who want to pursue a master's degree.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    10.0 /10

    After high school, I wanted to pursue a Bachelors's degree in either the USA/Canada as I felt it would add much value to my CV. I had searched online a lot and after much research, I felt that the universities in Canada are much more affordable to me and yet they deliver the best education too. I had applied online and paid the application fee of around $50 by bank transfer. I had also mailed copies of my high school transcripts and the first two pages of my passport.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course was world-class. We had excellent laboratories and research facilities in our department and I learned so many subjects of which, some were - artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithms.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    5.3 /10

    grew up near it, really good varsity rugby program, free application fee, tuition scholarship, pretty expensive tuition though - most expensive in atlantic canada. tuition goes up by around $300 every year which is annoying. the administration recruiters go to local high schools and schools all over atlantic canada and if you apply then they waive the fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    i enjoy it, the classes are all nice and fun, nothing too boring especially in todays political climate

    6 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    5 /10 infrastructure
    5 /10 accomodation
    4 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    Close to home, it was a university I visited for years for swim meets so I knew it fairly well, I had a family member go here as well as I liked that it was close enough to go home if I wanted or stay.

    Course Curriculum :

    I think that it's fairly fair

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    31 Acadia Street, Box 40, Wolfville, NS

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Bus Station

    Book Store

    Acadia Bookstore0.28 km
    Rainbow's End Books & Discs0.59 km
    The Odd Book0.61 km
    Coles - County Fair Mall6.53 km

    Bus Station

    Kings Transit Authority8.01 km
    Maritime Bus1946.95 km

    Shopping Mall

    Lions CLUB of Wolfville0.57 km
    New Minas Plaza7.98 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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