Acadia University: Narrative Description

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Wolfville, NS, Canada B4P 2R6
Tel: (902)542-2201
Admissions: (902)585-1222
Fax: (902)585-1081
E-mail: [email protected]
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Province-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1838. Setting: 250-acre small town campus. Endowment: $26 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4699 per student. Total enrollment: 4,025. Faculty: 308 (200 full-time, 108 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,943 applied, 48% were admitted. Full-time: 3,587 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 121 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 12 provinces and territories, 61 other countries, 43% from out-of province, 9% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: Canadian standard year. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at East Carolina University, Franklin College of Indiana, Bridgewater State College, New England/Nova Scotia Exchange Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 7/1, 5/31 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Canadian resident tuition: $7468 full-time, $825 per course part-time. Mandatory fees: $168 full-time, $5 per course part-time. College room and board: $6095. College room only: $3194. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $13,292 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 57 open to all. Most popular organizations: Acadia Recreation Club, Acadia Ski Club, Education Society, Computer Science Club, Caricom. Major annual events: Winter Carnival, Frosh Week, Convocation. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,655 college housing spaces available; 1,564 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Vaughan Memorial Library with 923,042 books, 438,583 microform titles, 16,314 serials, 5,283 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.8 million. 3,700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Acadia University is located in the Annapolis Valley town of Wolfville, 100 kilometers northwest of Halifax. The main buildings are on a high terraced slope, facing the broad diked meadows of the Evangeline Country and the Minas Basin, the body of water in the northeastern part of the Bay of Fundy. Wolfville is a beautiful, residential town of 3,000 people, with four churches and good elementary and secondary schools.

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