General admission guidelines applicable to all programs:
The IB Diploma is accepted as a credential for admission to degree programs. IB final and predicted results may be used to consider applicants for both early fall and regular admission, as well as entrance scholarship.
- IB Diploma including IB English with an overall score of 24 or better.
- Students admitted to Acadia University with a score of 30 or higher on the IB Diploma will receive 30 hours of university credit.
- Students who have completed IB courses but do not possess the Diploma will be considered based on their coursework. Acadia gives individual credit for IB courses completed at the higher level with grades of 5, 6 or 7.
- Courses required for admission to certain programs (see "Specific program admission guidelines" below) must be completed with a 4 or better.
Specific program admission guidelines:
- Applied Science (Engineering) – IB Mathematics. IB Chemistry is required for the certificate program (applicants without chemistry will be considered individually). IB Physics recommended.
- Biology – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry (applicants without chemistry will be considered individually).
- Business Administration – IB English and IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics.
- Chemistry – IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry (applicants without Chemistry will be considered individually).
- Community Development - IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics.
- Computer Science – IB Mathematics (applicants with only IB Math Studies will be required to successfully complete the non-credit Math 0120 Advanced Pre-University Mathematics in the first semester of the program).
- Economics – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics.
- Environmental Geoscience – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry (applicants without chemistry will be considered individually).
- Environmental Science – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry (applicants without chemistry will be considered individually).
- Geology – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry (applicants without chemistry will be considered individually).
- Kinesiology - IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics.
- Mathematics – IB Mathematics.
- Music –All prospective music students will complete a School of Music application. For students interested in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Therapy degrees, a live (or recorded) audition is required with the application.
- Nutrition – IB Math Studies or IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry.
- Physics – IB Mathematics. IB Physics recommended.
- Psychology – IB Mathematics or IB Math Studies.
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Students have the opportunity to self-report their transcript information which Acadia will use to assess admission to degree programs. High school applicants must report all academic grade 11 and grade 12 courses along with all available mid-year or final grades. Information provided will be automatically assessed and applicants will be advised of their admissibility to Acadia.
Offers of admission based on self-reported transcript information will be verified with the final official transcript from your high school or provincial Ministry of Education. You should arrange for your final transcript to be sent to Acadia at the end of June. All applicants must have self-reported their course information accurately and must maintain their academic admission average in their final results, otherwise the offer of admission may be withdrawn.
Students may be considered for early fall admission before their first set of Grade 12 marks is available. Students applying for early fall admission should include their final Grade 11 marks and a school-approved list of courses they are taking in Grade 12 (both semesters) with their application. Grade 12 courses must be consistent with the guidelines listed above.
To be considered for an entrance scholarship an admission application and all required supporting documents for admission must be received in the Admissions Office before March 1.