Getting Ready for Fall 2020

As we prepare to welcome as many of you back to campus as possible or have you join us virtually, our objective continues to be to keep you safe, help you succeed academically, and give you the experience you deserve. As the Acadia Community, we can achieve this by working together to create a safe and meaningful student experience this fall.

We encourage you to watch our Fall 2020 Information Session and Faculty Webinars and participate in our virtual Orientation activities to learn more about what you can expect and how to prepare to join us for Fall 2020. You must complete the online COVID-19 Preparedness & Education course on ACORN before the start of classes.

To learn more about how the University is shifting its operations, please visit our COVID-19 Information website for more information.

Information below is current as of September 17, 2020. Changes and adjustments may be implemented based on Nova Scotia health directives.

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Fall Orientation is not just for first year students this year, but rather an opportunity to engage with the Acadia community and get prepared to join us in a new campus experience (in person or virtually). There will be a full program of information sessions, helpful tips and tricks for managing the year ahead, social events, and opportunities to connect with your fellow students, professors, and student support members. We can’t wait to see you!

Orientation Events

Currently there are no events.


Welcome back! We're adapting the residence experience with increased focus on health to ensure your wellness and safety.

    • Please review move-in details by visiting our Residence Life Page. Make sure you've booked a move-in appointment. Check your Acadia email or your message portal in StarRez for instructions.
    • If you’re arriving from outside of the Atlantic Canadian provinces, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Learn more...
  • We’ve developed a plan to quarantine and support students who have or may have been exposed to COVID-19. These students will use a separate washroom, and we will provide them with food delivery, supplies, and support during their isolation period. The quarantine process will be directed by Nova Scotia public health officials.

Campus & Community Life

Off-Campus Living

  • You are required to self-isolate for 14 days before classes start. This includes family or friends of students. Students already residing in Atlantic Canada do not need to self-isolate.
  • Every adult from outside Atlantic Canada needs to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in before they travel to the province.

Required COVID-19 Testing

  • All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must get three COVID-19 tests during their self-isolation period.
  • After you complete the travel form, Nova Scotia Health will email you three COVID-19 test appointments and tell you the location for them. It will either be on campus or nearby. Nova Scotia Health may also call you to give additional instructions. Learn More…

Navigating Campus

We are enhancing our operations, services, and cleaning practices to make sure that everyone in our campus community stays healthy. We will work together to ensure health and wellness and ask that you do your part to contribute to the success of all health practices.

  • You will be expected to wear a non-medical mask on campus when social distancing is not possible, whether indoors or outdoors, unless you are unable due to medical reasons. Learn more...
  • Whether you are inside or outside while on campus, please keep two metres (six feet) away from others. Classrooms, common rooms, meeting spaces, and other gathering places will feature signage to remind you and to suggest where to stand in line, etc.
  • Throughout campus, we will clean and disinfect more often. All common-area restrooms and spaces—including in residence halls—will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, with the addition of roving crews focused on disinfecting high-touch points throughout the day.
  • Every day, all students, faculty, and staff will be expected to complete a self-diagnosis questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving residence halls to inform them about whether they should remain at home/in their residence room rather than coming to or moving about campus.


The campus dining experience will change as we enhance our food safety and sanitation processes and follow the new provincial health guidelines.

  • Dining Hall will seat fewer students at any sitting and include scheduled mealtimes based on the class timetable. The Dining Hall experience will entail more controlled access, more frequent cleaning and sanitation efforts, and the elimination of self-serve and buffet-style options.
  • We anticipate food service locations will be open, with most locations providing a quick pick-up service. Utensils will be individually wrapped, as will grab-and-go items.

Being Social

  • Acadia Athletics has created a new Alternate Sports & Recreation initiative including competitive and recreational sport leagues including basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, and spikeball. Acadia Athletics will facilitate these leagues for students following specific provincial sport organization guidelines. New fitness and training programming will also be available.


  • Our Fall 2020 Academic approach is built on ensuring the health and safety of students and employees, while providing a range of flexible models for students who intend to join us on campus or cannot or choose not to attend in person. How a course is facilitated could depend on the size of the class, the content topics and the level of classroom participation.
  • Each course will be delivered in one of five formats.
  • You must complete the online COVID-19 Preparedness & Education course on ACORN before the start of classes.

Student Life Webinars