Top reasons to attend Mount Allison | Mount Allison

Mount Allison consistently ranks as
Canada's top undergraduate university

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's annual university rankings as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada 23 times in the past 32 years — a record unmatched by any other university.

Discover other ways Mount Allison compares against other Canadian universities in some of the key areas students consider when choosing a university.

Undergraduate academic excellence

With a flexible liberal arts and sciences education from Mount Allison, you'll become an active and engaged global citizen ready to address the challenges of our time.

Liberal arts and sciences

Liberal arts and sciences allows you to gain a broad knowledge base through learning across disciplines while developing a deeper knowledge of specific academic disciplines through advanced study in your chosen major and minor.

You'll gain marketable skills that are essential in today's world and sought after by employers: critical thinking, communication, research, and problem solving.

Flexibility and choice

Begin by selecting one of our six undergraduate degrees. Then you can be creative and choose majors and minors from our 50+ programs.

Minors and electives can be chosen from any area of study, even outside your chosen degree, allowing you the flexibility to combine your interests and meet your unique career goals.

The benefits of a liberal arts and sciences education

Skills that last a lifetime

A liberal arts and sciences education from Mount Allison will teach you important skills that can help you thrive, both personally and professionally, in today's ever-changing world. You'll gain critical thinking, communication, research, and problem solving skills – and that's just the beginning.

You'll benefit from:

  • the flexibility to explore a wide range of courses
  • small class sizes
  • hands-on learning experiences
  • easy access to award-winning professors
  • a close-knit and engaging community

At Mount Allison, our education is designed with one goal in mind: to give our students the best possible chance at a meaningful career, and a fulfilling life.

STEM fields need liberal arts and sciences

The increased interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields makes sense – technology is constantly changing and people who have advanced scientific knowledge are always needed. But there's also increased demand for communicators, problem-solvers, and people with a thorough understanding of human nature.

Even in STEM fields, employers need people who know how to sell products, communicate with stakeholders, and work with engineers and software developers to ensure that people's needs are being met. Employers want people who can make sound decisions and think critically. Essentially, they want people with transferable skills that apply to almost every situation.

Build experience

At Mount Allison, your educational experience will extend well beyond the pages of your textbooks. You'll have a range of opportunities for hands-on learning and on-the-job experience, through:

  • research projects
  • case studies
  • internships
  • student conferences
  • field work
  • recitals and art exhibits
  • independent study

The perfect class size

Our small classes sizes mean you'll build bonds that will provide you with countless learning opportunities. You'll engage deeply with our award-winning professors and fellow students, allowing you to broaden your worldview.

16:1 student-to-faculty ratio

With 2,200 students, an average first-year class of 60, and upper-year classes as small as three, the small class difference can be found across campus. More than 60% of our classes have 30 students or less.

Teaching excellence

You'll be mentored, taught, challenged, and encouraged by accomplished leaders in their field. Professors come to Mount Allison from all over the world to focus on teaching while actively pursuing their research.

Beyond the classroom

At Mount Allison, experiential learning (or hands-on learning) is a core element of the liberal arts and sciences education you'll receive.

With experiential learning opportunities in every degree, we'll help you create experiences that match your interests and style of learning.

You'll develop skills that you can apply to the workforce, make important networking connections, and figure out just what the future may hold for you.

Experiential learning includes:

  • Undergraduate research
  • Internships
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community partnerships and volunteering
  • Field work
  • Academic and case competitions
  • Recitals, performances, and exhibits
  • Student conferences
  • Peer tutoring and teaching assistantships
  • Special topics and independent study

A view of the world

A global campus

At Mount Allison, our campus is a diverse community of students from more than 85 countries.

Students also have the opportunity to gain international perspectives though academic programs with an international focus and languages courses.

Mount Allison also has international partnerships and alumni networks spanning the globe.

International experiences

You can study and experience the world!

International experiences include study abroad and exchanges, field schools, independent study and research, international internships, conferences, and volunteering.

Travel opportunities are made more affordable through travel grants, bursaries, and awards.

A residential campus

Mount Allison is a residential campus where you'll live, learn, work, and play. The Mount Allison residence community provides safe, supportive, and convenient housing options.

Residence living

More than 85% of first-year students live on campus.

Your residence becomes your home away from home and your second family. Our unique residences provide a place for you to study and socialize, along with a personalized space to call your own.

Unlimited, all-access meals

Mount Allison provides an unlimited meal plan for residence students to ensure flexibility and convenience for any schedule.

There are healthy and balanced options to choose from each day and you can even get a late-night snack until midnight.

Located at the heart of the Maritimes

Whether you come here from a small town or a big city, you'll soon fall in love with living in the ideal university town, Sackville, New Brunswick.

Located at the centre of the Maritimes, our campus is surrounded by beautiful lakes, rivers, and outdoor spaces while having easy access to eastern Canada's largest urban areas.

Students quickly discover the endless opportunities to get highly involved in extracurriculars on and off campus and say these are some of the most valuable learning experiences of their time at Mount Allison.

An exceptional student experience

At Mount Allison, you'll become part of a tight-knit campus community that is culturally diverse, gender-inclusive, supportive, and welcoming.

Get involved

When you're just minutes from anywhere you want to be, it makes it easy to get involved.

Athletics and recreation

Be part of #MountiePride, a mantra that unites us all.

Arts and culture

Whether you love music, art, film, books, or theatre, you'll find it here.

We're here to help!

On a small campus, it's easy to find a helping hand. Mount Allison provides many different services to support you throughout your degree and help you prepare for your future.

Student support

Mount Allison offers many different services to support your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, as well as help you prepare for your future career.

We also provide a host of academic resources to help with your transition to university.

Financing your degree

Financing your degree is a team effort and we're here to help. At Mount Allison, we want to help remove financial barriers that may keep you from taking this important step.

In fact, we provide over $6 million in scholarships, bursaries, and awards each year.

A bright future

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

As a graduate of Mount Allison, you'll be part of an active alumni network of +25,000 strong that reach around the globe where you can foster personal and professional connections throughout your life.


Hear from our students

Hear directly from our students, faculty, and staff to discover the top reasons to attend Mount Allison in our video viewbook, including 20 videos on academics, financial aid, student life, athletics, and more!

Next steps

Be part of Canada's best undergraduate university