A Proud History
At Acadia University, we’re proud of our family tree. It’s filled with those who have made a difference and made their mark on the world.
We trace our roots to 1838, when Baptist leaders reached a breaking point in their ability to access higher education. If they could not become students or teachers at other universities because of their denomination, they would create their own university and remove barriers for themselves and others.
In 1884, Acadia pushed down another roadblock by admitting women to its university. Clara Belle Marshall (Raymond) became one of the first women in Canada to obtain a university degree. Another barrier was removed a few years later when Edwin Borden became Acadia’s first African Canadian graduate.