About Acadia

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    Mission Statement

    “The mission of Acadia University is to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal education; promote a robust and respectful scholarly community; and inspire a diversity of students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and responsible global leaders.”

    (Adopted by Senate on 13 March 2006; by the Board of Governors on 13 May 2006)

    To view the Strategic Plan for Acadia University - Personalized Education for a Complex World, please click here (pdf).

    Acadia At A Glance

    Founded: 1838

    President and Vice Chancellor: Ray Ivany

    Chancellor: Libby Burnham ('60)

    Campus size: 250 acres (100 hectares)

    • Undergraduate: 3,332
    • Graduate: 206
    Freshmen origins
    • Eastern Canada: 63 %
    • Central Canada: 16 %
    • Western Canada: 9 %
    • United States: 2 %
    • International: 10 %

    Clubs and Organizations:

    • 50+ student-run opportunities

    Faculty:Student Ratio:

    Degree programs

    More than 200 combinations in:

    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
    • Faculty of Professional Studies
    • Theology

    Vaughan Memorial Library

    Located at the centre of campus, the Library provides many services and specialized collections, which support the teaching and research programs of the University. The library collection of over a million titles in all formats is complemented by numerous electronic services and databases.


    University Athletics

    We're proud of Acadia's strong varsity athletics program - it's a tradition that dates back to 1875. Acadia holds more conference and national championships than any other university in Atlantic Canada and has the highest number of Academic All-Canadians for primarily undergraduate universities in the country. We are a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Atlantic University Sport (AUS). When our varsity teams play, our fans gather to carry on Acadia's Stand Up and Cheer tradition!

    • Varsity Teams: 11
    • Athletic Clubs: 15

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Hockey
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
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    • Basketball
    • Cross-country
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Volleyball

    Athletic Facilities

    • Two gyms
    • Olympic-sized ice surface
    • 25-metre swimming pool
    • Cardio centre
    • Weight training room
    • Racquetball and squash courts
    • Campus store
    • Stadium - featuring the same artificial turf used by the New England Patriots
    • National standard, eight-lane, all-weather track
    • Sports Hall of Fame
    • Sports therapy clinic
    • Snack shop
    • Practice fields
    • Tennis courts
    • Walking and hiking trails
    • Jogging paths

    Online GIS Mapping Platform Supports Development in Emerging Tidal Sector

    The Honourable Peter MacKay (’87), Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, was at Acadia University on July 3, 2015 to announce on behalf of the Government of Canada an investment of $65,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) to support the creation of a new online tidal energy atlas.

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    Seabirds bring contaminants to land ecosystems, says researcher

    Migratory seabirds carry the marine pollution they ingest at sea back to their nesting sites on land, according to a new study led by Canada research chair and associate biology professor Mark Mallory. wildlife.org report

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