Mount Allison University

The university is named after Charles Frederick Allison, a Sackville merchant and convert to Methodism who in 1839 offered land and funds for the creation of an academy for boys. In 1854 a “ladies academy” (later known as the Ladies College) was added, while in 1862 a degree-granting Mount Allison Wesleyan College was created. The present “Mount A” evolved from these institutions though by 1953 the boys and ladies academies had closed and a liberal arts undergraduate university emerged as enrollment increased to the present 2500 students. Mount Allison has been ranked the #1 undergraduate university in Canada by Macleanís magazine for 18 of the past 24 years.
ESTABLISHED 1839.[university crest]

Marker placed by Mount Allison University, Class of 1989, at main entrance to campus, York Street, Sackville  
Erected by the Town of Sackville to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mount Allison University by CHARLES FREDERICK ALLISON, merchant, philanthropist, churchman and citizen of the town. In recognition of a long and harmonious relationship, May 6, 1989.

Marker placed by Town of Sackville, in 1989, in front of Convocation Hall, 37 York Street, Sackville, N.B.

On the origins and history of Mount Allison University, seeReid, John G., Mount Allison University: A History to 1963 , Vol. I: 1843-1914, Vol.II: 1914-1963 (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1984).

Reid, John G., The History of Mount Allison University, 1839-1989 (Jolicure, N.B.: Anchorage Press, 1989).

Milner, W.C., History of Sackville New Brunswick (Sackville, N.B.: The Tribune Press, 1934), pp. 62-66 (also available online at History of Sackville New Brunswick)

Mount Allison University – History and Facts on the Mount Allison University web site.

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