Acadia University

  • 31 Acadia Street, Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6view map
  • (902) 542-2201
  • (877) 585-1121
  • www.acadiau.ca

Fact Sheet

  • 1838
  • University
  • Undergraduate
  • English
  • Dalton Camp - Politician and political strategist; Peter MacKay - Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Freeman Paterson - Photographer and author; Harrison McCain - former chairman of McCain Foods Ltd.; David Levy - astronomer

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Small-town atmosphere
  2. Embrace of technology in the classroom
  3. Limited course selection
  4. Leafy, attractive campus
  5. High tuition

Courses With Kudos

Biology, Business, Education, Music, Sciences, Kinesiology, Computer science

Student Sound Offs

"I love the small town life at Acadia. It is easier to make lifelong friends rather than a lot of random acquaintances."

"All of our classrooms have top-notch technology, our faculty integrate technology into our courses and all students quickly become comfortable with using technology ... it's a part of our culture."

"The student use of laptops has made the school very impersonal, and it is also a big distraction during class when people are chatting or surfing the Web."

"Has a tendency to be slightly elitist. Due to the high cost of tuition many of the students are from affluent families. Some of these students are less than respectful of others."

"Acadia is a small school in a small town, so it really makes the whole area university-centric. It fosters a great sense of community and belonging, but sometimes being trapped in the 'Acadia bubble' can be claustrophobic."

"Because the school is so small, there are not of specialized courses offered. Great for people who don't really know exactly what they want to do, though."

"The honours programs are fantastic. At Acadia our advisers are professors who only have a few students to oversee. You get a lot of attention."

"Being on a first-name basis with many of my professors has made a huge difference in my education. Many of my friends who chose to go to larger teaching institutions are constantly surprised that my profs know me by name when they see me at the local grocery store or pub."

"You can always find something to do, even in little Wolfville. You may leave your family to come here, but you adopt a new one that's campus-wide."

"I think there could be better lighting on campus at night, I don't always feel safe when I'm walking home from night classes or from the library late at night."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: Acadia University
Institution size classification: Very Small   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

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Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction A A-

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A+ A
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors A+ A
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A+ A-

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process B+ B+
Number of Courses to Choose From B B

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus A A-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty A A-
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A+ A+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size A+ A+
Average # of Students in First Year Class 78 55
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 17% 29%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 60% 63%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 23% 8%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 56%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 41%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 2%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection C+ B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B- A-
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line A A-
Labs and Research Equipment A- B+

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B+ B+
Student Residences A- B
General Attractiveness of Buildings A+ A-
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities A B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals A- A-
Study Spaces in the Library A- A-
Library Hours of Operation A A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career A B+
Reputation of the University Among Employers A B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities A- B
Career and Employment Services B+ B+

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located A B+
Quality of Public Transportation C- C
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events A- B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops A- B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing B+ B-

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services A- B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 87% 70%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) A- A-
Academic Counselling and Advising Services A- B+
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students B+ B+