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Acadia University


We trace our roots to 1838, when Baptist leaders reached a breaking point in their ability to access higher education. If they could not become students or teachers at other universities because of their denomination, they would create their own university and remove barriers for themselves and others.

In 1884, Acadia pushed down another roadblock by admitting women to its university. 


Fast forward to 1996, and Acadia integrated the use of notebook computers into the undergraduate curriculum and featured innovations in teaching and support. The Acadia Advantage initiative arguably revolutionized learning at the Wolfville, N.S. campus and beyond.

Because of its pioneering efforts, Acadia is a laureate of Washington’s Smithsonian Institution and a part of the permanent research collection of the National Museum of American History. It is the only Canadian university selected for inclusion in the Education and Academia category of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award.


Acadia University is among the best in its class in Canada. We offer a research environment that is both intimate and expansive, one in which students and faculty are engaged in rigorous inquiries that in some cases are locally focused, others which have a global reach, and many of which are increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. The University takes great pride in the skill of its faculty researchers and the important mentoring roles they assume with students. With a large number of undergraduate Honours programs, most of which are thesis-based, and thirteen graduate programs, students receive one-on-one research mentoring by highly skilled faculty members who are actively engaged in research.


Our friendly staff provide supports such as career advising, workshops, online job postings, as well as employer recruitment and networking events. Our services are also available to alumni. We're here to support you every step of the way.

Student services

Student Accounts is responsible for the collection of fees and charges pertaining to a student’s time at Acadia University.

Housing services

Whether you choose to live in residence or off-campus, you can purchase a meal plan that best suits your needs and your budget.

Most of our students choose to live on campus. With 11 residences to choose from – high-rise to heritage, double rooms to deluxe single suites – you’ll find the perfect fit for your personality. Plus, you’ll have over 1,500 potential friends from around the world within a few minutes walk. You’ll be in the centre of everything, including Acadia’s state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, Athletic Complex, and 50 acres of woodland trails.

Library services

Letters, poetry, photographs, artifacts and other materials stored in the Acadia Archives can play an important role in writing the rich and vivid history of the University's past. The buildings that have housed the Acadia University Libraries each have a story to tell.The Acadia Libraries Through the Years project aims to compile, document, and digitize information.

Medical services

Acadia University has its own student health clinic on-campus.  The clinic offers physician services by appointment. Student Health Services also focuses on disease prevention, education, and wellness.With Acadia Student Health Online, you can easily and quickly book your appointment with a doctor based on availability! 

Campus life

Acadia's residences offer a prime location, only minutes from your classrooms, labs, the gym and library. Living on campus offers the ease of an eight-month, all-inclusive lease which includes furniture, heat, power, water, local phone service, phone with call display, high speed internet, in-house laundry facilities and regular cleaning of public areas. 

Sports facilities

Club Sports are student-led groups that have been formed by and for the Acadia student community. Club Sports promote wellness, encourage active living and social engagement, and provide you with meaningful leadership opportunities and experiences.

Whether you are looking learn a new sport or activity or build on your existing skills, Acadia Club Sports offer a range of recreational activities to participate in. You'll enjoy the chance to meet new people with similar interests, and if you participate in a competitive sport program, you'll benefit from the opportunity to represent Acadia University in a positive manner.

Student clubs

Social clubs will connect you with other passionate students who share your beliefs, heritage, or interests in volunteerism and service. Several of the volunteerism-oriented clubs offer you opportunities to make a difference locally and internationally.Examples:

  • Acadia Film Society
  • Acadia Global Brigades
  • Black Students' Association
  • Enactus Acadia
  • Fair Trade Acadia

Acadia Divinity College is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) from whom the College has approval to offer the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theology), and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada

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