Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is one of the many smaller universities chosen by SMUS students. For several years now, one or two graduating students each year have gone to Acadia, citing its high quality academic instruction, small class sizes, friendly atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and extensive student services as reasons for their choice. By Canadian standards, Acadia is an older university. Founded in 1838 by a Baptist minister, the university has deep, well-established roots in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. But the university is also known for its spirit of innovation and leadership. In 1996, Acadia University pioneered the use of mobile computing services and by 2000, as a registration requirement, all Acadia students had laptops. This mandatory laptop program, called “The Acadia Advantage”, flourished and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute for its cutting-edge leadership in the use of education technology.
In recent years, Acadia has instituted a number of environmental initiatives, including gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the new Biological Sciences building. This new building is a marvellous complement to the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. At Acadia, it is now possible for students to undertake studies leading to degrees in Geology, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Science, and the Biological Sciences in state-of-the-art facilities which have been built to the highest standard of environmental responsibility. Photos – Acadia’s “U Hall” as viewed from Main Street, Wolfville. Below – The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre.