tl_files/sites/campustour/Admissions/1352227739_print.pngAdmission guidelines for students from Nova Scotia

For a list of Grade 12 courses which can be used for admission and scholarship consideration, please see Grade 12 Courses Accepted for Admission.

General admission guidelines applicable to all programs:

  • English 12 or English 12: African heritage

  • Four additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced courses

  • Minimum overall average of 70% (75% for Biology and Kinesiology)

Specific program admission guidelines:

  • Applied Science (Engineering) – Precalculus 12. Chemistry 12 is required for the certificate program (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually). Physics 12 recommended.

  • Biology – Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually).

  • Business Administration – Grade 12 English with a minimum 70% and Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12.

  • Chemistry – Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually).

  • Community Development - Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12.
  • Computer Science – Precalculus 12 (applicants with only Mathematics 12 will be required to successfully complete the non-credit Math 0120 Advanced Pre-University Mathematics in the first semester of the program).

  • Economics – Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12.

  • Environmental Geoscience – Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually).

  • Environmental Science – Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually).

  • Geology – Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and Chemistry 12 (applicants without Chemistry 12 will be considered individually).

  • Kinesiology - Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12.

  • Mathematics – Precalculus 12 with a minimum 70%.

  • 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 – Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Mathematics and Chemistry 12.

  • Physics – Precalculus 12. Physics 12 recommended.

  • Psychology - Mathematics 11 or Precalculus 11.  Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 recommended.

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High School Transcript Self-Report of Grades

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. 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.

Early Fall admission

Students who have a Grade 11 average of at least 75% may be considered for early fall admission before their first set of Grade 12 marks are 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.

Entrance Scholarships

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 1st.