Mount Allison traces its roots to 1839 when Sackville merchant Charles Frederick Allison proposed the creation of a school of elementary and higher learning.

The Mount Allison Academy, a school for boys, opened in 1843, followed by the Ladies College in 1854.

Mount Allison University Timeline

Charles F. AllisonJan. 4, 1839
Charles F. Allison proposes to the Wesleyan Methodists that a site be purchased and a building erected to house an academy

July 9, 1840
Charles F. Allison lays the cornerstone of the academy

Jan. 19, 1843
Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy opened to students

Aug. 17, 1854
Ladies’ College opens — Mary Electa Adams serves as the first preceptress (1854-1857), putting into practice her belief that "women needed and deserved a rigorous academic program," and establishing the College as a leader in post-secondary education for women

mount allison wesleyan academyMay 1, 1858
The College is granted the power to confer degrees

First University building, College Hall, constructed 

Dr. Humphrey Pickard appointed as the University’s first President 

May 19, 1863
Degrees presented to first two graduates, Howard Sprague and Josiah Wood 

Grace LockhartMay 25, 1875
Grace Annie Lockhart becomes the first woman in the British Empire to receive a Bachelor degree when she graduates with her BSc 

June 7, 1882
Harriet Starr Stewart receives the first Bachelor of Arts degree conferred upon a woman in Canada 

College adopts garnet and gold as its colours 

swan pond 19011901
Ladies' College Pond (Swan Pond) constructed 

December 1916
First issue of the Record published 

Summer 1948
Alex Colville’s mural in Tweedie Hall is completed 

Oct. 28, 1960
Dr. Ralph Pickard Bell is installed as the University’s first Chancellor 

Oct. 20, 1979
Official opening of the Centre for Canadian Studies 

November 1984
Football Mounties play in the Vanier Cup 

Mount Allison receives its first of 21 — and counting! — #1 rankings from Maclean’s magazine for Canada’s top undergraduate school 

Fall 2004
Mount Allison becomes a wireless campus 

June 17, 2008
Mount Allison joins Facebook 

November 2009
Mount Allison sends its first tweet 

November 2011
Mount Allison’s 50th Rhodes Scholar, Rebecca Anne Dixon, is named 

100 and 150 classesMay 2013
The Class of 2013 celebrates the 150th anniversary of Convocation by having their photo taken with the class of 1963 

August 2013
Mount Allison introduces a new academic program, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) 

Oct. 3, 2014
Grand opening held for the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts 

mount allison 175 logo2014
Mount Allison celebrates its 175th anniversary

Official opening of the new turf athletic field, Alumni Field

A reputation for leadership

  • First university in the British Empire to award a Bachelor’s degree to a woman (Grace Annie Lockhart, Bachelor of Science, 1875)
  • First university in Canada to grant a Bachelor of Arts to a woman (Harriet Starr Stewart, 1882)
  • Home to the oldest university art gallery in Canada
  • First university in Canada to provide Internet access across the entire campus
  • First university in Canada to offer a Canadian studies program
  • A pioneer in the establishment of services for students with learning disabilities

» For more information on Mount Allison's history, visit the University Archives.