Undergraduate Admission Guidelines

Click on your province, territory, or country to view your undergraduate admission guidelines. For a list of documents required to support your application for admission, please click here.

Canadian High Schools

Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
British Columbia and Yukon Territory

International Schools

United States
Other International Guidelines

Other Admission Guidelines

International Baccalaureate (IB) program
Admission from other than high school

When planning their secondary school programs, students should note that a number of courses taken in the first university year have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects. Academic (university preparatory) high school courses are used for admission consideration. The University reserves the right to exclude inappropriate courses from among those presented.

All programs require senior high school completion for admission, although exceptions may be made for very capable students to enter following their penultimate high school year (except from Quebec). All programs require four years of study except the Certificate in Applied Science (2) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (3). The certificate program in the School of Engineering is prerequisite to the Bachelor of Engineering program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, or the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The two-year program of study for the Bachelor of Education degree requires an appropriate undergraduate degree for admission. The requirements for admission to graduate programs are given in the Academic Calendar and those for the Acadia Divinity College in its calendar. 

English Requirements - Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS,CAEL or PTE Academic. Acadia's English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL - 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS - 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL/CAEL Online - 70 with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam (CAE): Pass A,B or C - 180 or above with no subtest score below 173
  • PELMO - 65 with no section below 30
  • Cambridge B2 First Exam (FCE): Pass A - 180 with no subtest score below 173

Acadia provides opportunities for students who do not meet the English proficiency requirements to enter our undergraduate degree programs. Completion of the full-time, non-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program allows students to gain English language proficiency before starting their degree program. Applicants may be given admission based on successful completion of Acadia's English for Academic Purposes program.