Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Nova Scotia Agricultural College

NSAC is a small, vibrant university where students participate and learn applied life sciences and related fields.

With 800 students, we have one of the lowest student-professor ratios around—yet we rank near the top of all Canadian Universities in research intensity. We offer an internationally respected education in agriculture and the life sciences, including diploma programs, undergraduate and post-graduate degrees—and we manage to do it with one of the lowest tuition fees in the province.

NSAC is located just outside the Town of Truro, in the the village of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. We’re one hour from Halifax by car and only 40 minutes from the Halifax International Airport. NSAC is about one day’s car ride from Boston or Montreal.

History

Founded in 1905, The Nova Scotia Agricultural College has come of age and stands at the threshold of a new era in agricultural education, training and research. As a university, the NSAC provides agricultural based Technical, Technology, Bachelor and Masters level programs in its capacity as the Atlantic institution with the mandate for post-secondary education in agriculture. Situated on 265 hectares of fertile intervale along the Salmon River in Bible Hill, the NSAC’s facilities have expanded rapidly in recent years. Improvements to the farm complex and research facilities now make it one of the most modern, best equipped universities in the Atlantic region.

The story of the NSAC is interwoven with the history and development of the agriculture industry of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Provinces. The institution also figures prominently in the history of the Truro and Bible Hill area. A summary of the the History of the NSAC based on historical research conducted by Dale Ells, Dean Emeritus is presented. For a more complete history of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, one is advised to read Shaped Through Service, a 279 page illustrated history of NSAC. Copies are available at the NSAC Bookstore or from the author.

Student Residence

There’s no better way for your child to get connected than by living in one of our three residences located on campus. Trueman, Fraser and Chapman house all offer co-ed living with the option of same sex sections. These three houses are conveniently located within a few minutes walk of classes, labs, the library, the farm and our athletic centre. Residence is a great place to meet new friends while developing a good study routine.

Each residence includes high speed internet, telephone and cable hook-ups for your son or daughter’s convenience. Laundry facilities are available in the basement of each house and is included in the residence fees. All three residences offers a lounge where students can hang out to take a break from studying, kick back, watch some television, or play some pool with friends.

Each house has a Don of Residence, an adult staff member, who lives in an apartment in the residence. The Don is responsible for the supervision of student staff and the quality of student life in the residence. The student staff consists of six Residence Assistants (RA’s) per house. The RA’s are fellow students who are trained to advise and assist residence dwellers. The RA’s aim to promote mutual respect among residence students to obtain the maximum enjoyment and benefit from university life.

There’s no better way for your child to get connected than by living in one of our three residences located on campus. Trueman, Fraser and Chapman house all offer co-ed living with the option of same sex sections. These three houses are conveniently located within a few minutes walk of classes, labs, the library, the farm and our athletic centre. Residence is a great place to meet new friends while developing a good study routine.

Each residence includes high speed internet, telephone and cable hook-ups for your son or daughter’s convenience. Laundry facilities are available in the basement of each house and is included in the residence fees. All three residences offers a lounge where students can hang out to take a break from studying, kick back, watch some television, or play some pool with friends.

Each house has a Don of Residence, an adult staff member, who lives in an apartment in the residence. The Don is responsible for the supervision of student staff and the quality of student life in the residence. The student staff consists of six Residence Assistants (RA’s) per house. The RA’s are fellow students who are trained to advise and assist residence dwellers. The RA’s aim to promote mutual respect among residence students to obtain the maximum enjoyment and benefit from university life.

When applying to residence, if students know which house they want to live in, they have the opportunity to request that house on their application form. If they have a friend who is also planning on living in residence and they want to live together, that request can be made too. We want to your son or daughter’s university experience to be as comfortable and memorable as possible. Students can also suggest to stay in a room in our quiet section, which we have in each one of our houses.

Athletics

Academic excellence and athletic skills go hand in hand at NSAC. Here you can study for a challenging career while taking part in a full range of intramural, varsity, and recreational sports. The NSAC Rams have won regional and national honours in a variety of sports.

Their varsity and club sports consist of Basketball, Club Equestrain, Cross Country, Golf, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, and Woodsmen. NSAC also has the following intramural activities: Water Polo, Co-ed Slo-Pitch Tournament, Tidal Rafting, Tae Kwon Do, Belly Dancing, Curling, Intramural Hockey, “Rec Nite”, Intramural Co-ed Soccer Challenge, Ultimate Challenge – Football with a Frisbee, Racquetball, Squash Ladder, Yoga, and Table Tennis Club.

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