Student Life

The Acadia Spirit

It feels like an embrace, being gathered into a community of kindness. We promote community-mindedness and attract students who feel the same. Eighty percent of our students volunteer. Together you shape your world and contribute to the local and global community. You make a child who’s labeled different feel welcome and loved through the S.M.I.L.E. program. You help keep L’Arche Homefires burning for citizens in need. You develop a generosity of spirit. And it feels good.

It looks like a rich mosaic of 3,500 students from more than 50 countries. A beautiful green oasis of gardens, walking trails and ivy-covered buildings. Great rooms with sumptuous leather couches, chandeliers and a fireplace you could stand up in. Beautifully restored historic buildings where the Acadia spirits reside.

It tastes delicious. Healthy meal plans with everything you can imagine. Daily specials from our award-winning chef. As many fresh local ingredients as we can find – some from our student-run organic farm. Outside of regular meal times, The Axe Handle Grill features wings, pizza and all your favorites.

It sounds like fun. The laughter, music and events of Welcome Week. Finding people with similar interests and doing the things you love. Choose from more than 80 clubs but if you don’t find one you want, create it. That’s the spirit. And if you want to hear it, cheer it! Acadia’s varsity teams have won more national championships than any other university in Atlantic Canada.

We believe a high-quality education includes a high quality of life. We support you every step along the way – academically, emotionally, physically, and in your career planning. We encourage you to dream big, to become an engaged and responsible citizen who creates high-quality experiences for people at home and around the globe.

That’s the true Acadia spirit. And it will change you forever.