photos Acadia University
Founded in 1838 Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Considered the best overall and most innovative primarily undergraduate university in Canada (Maclean's, November 25, 1996), Acadia offers students a unique opportunity to experience an environment which combines outstanding academic programs with a diversity of extra-curricular activities. A tradition of innovation is reflected in The Acadia Advantage, an academic initiative which integrates the use of notebook computers into the undergraduate curriculum. In September 1997, all first-year, full-time students will be issued an IBM ThinkPad computer as part of tuition. An enhanced learning environment led by committed faculty supports the development of students' critical and analytical thinking, preparing them to meet the demands of a changing workplace.

The university's small-town location and predominantly residential character encourage personal growth through close contacts with students and professors, through participation in intramural and intercollegiate activities, and through a wide variety of cultural programs. The university awards over $1 million annually in scholarships, bursaries, awards, and prizes.

Campus size: 250 acres (100 hectares)
Full-time student population: 3,630 from over 30 countries
Residences: 12 residences housing over 1,600 students
Faculty: 260
Programs: Over 200 degree combinations from the Faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology.
Vaughan Memorial Library: The library collection of over a million titles in all formats is complemented by numerous electronic services and databases.

Noted Alumni

Sir Charles Tupper, 1839, Prime Minister of Canada.
Charles A. Eaton, 1890, signed the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on behalf of the United States.
Dr. Edgar S. Archibald, 1905, 31 years Director of Canada's Experimental Farm System.
Loring C. Christie, 1905, Canada's first Ambassador to the United States.
James L. Ilsley, 1913, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, M.P. and Minister of Finance, 1940-46.
Dr. Lillian Chase, 1916, physician who assisted with the discovery of insulin.
Milton Gregg, 1916, winner of The Victoria Cross in the First World War, President of University of New Brunswick, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Canada's High Commissioner to Guyana.
Dr. Charles Huggins, 1920, native of Halifax, N.S., winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, and former Chancellor of Acadia.
Norman MacLeod Rogers, 1927, Rhodes Scholar, Minister of Labour (1935-39) and Minister of National Defence.
Dr. Benjamin Gullison, 1927, medical missionary and Founder of Operation Eyesight.
Dr. H. Gordon MacNeill, 1948, Chairman of the Board, Jannock Limited.
Harrison McCain, 1949, Chairman, McCain Foods Limited.
Dr. Freeman Patterson, 1959, internationally acclaimed photographer and author.
Bruce Galloway, 1968, Vice-Chairman, Royal Bank of Canada.
David Levy, 1972, co-discoverer of Periodic Comet Shoemaker Levy 9, which hit Jupiter in July 1994 . The American Hubble Space Telescope was used to study the site soon after the col- lisions as was every major telescope in the world. For Levy, an amateur astronomer who began his interest in the heavens while at Acadia, his involvement with 21 discoveries ranks him second among the world's comet hunters.
Dr. Dale Frail, 1983, astronomer, discoverer in 1992 of new planet outside solar system.


The Ivan Curry School of Engineering offers a two year Certificate in Applied Science which qualifies students for admission to the final two years of study in engineering at Dalhousie University Polytechnic and culminates in the degree Bachelor of Engineering awarded jointly by Dalhousie University Polytechnic and Acadia University.

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