Dalhousie University



We're proud of our past and confident in our future. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie has been delivering an exceptional education for almost 200 years. With the addition of our Agricultural Campus in 2012, our reach continues to expand beyond Halifax and into other parts of the province.

Dalhousie combines the prestige of a big-name university with a hands-on, collaborative education. Our focus on academic innovation means we are committed to the continuous development of our programs and courses, how they are designed, and how we deliver them. Our intimate learning environment allows students an opportunity to engage with Dalhousie's award-winning professors. Each year, our university conducts more than $135 million in funded research, building our reputation as one of Canada's premier research universities.

Areas of Expertise

Arts and Social Science, Architecture and Planning, Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Management, Health Professions, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Medicine are Dalhousie's areas of special emphasis. Recognized strengths in Health and Ocean Studies are growing to include graduate programs in Materials Science, Oil and Gas, and Information and Communication Studies.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:Lowest: $7,661Highest: $10,638
Male only:Lowest: $7,661Highest: $10,638
Co-ed:Lowest: $7,661Highest: $10,638

Traditional Residences are popular with undergraduate students and include both single and double (roommate) rooms. A meal plan is mandatory for all traditional residences. Non-Traditional Residences are apartment-style accommodations and offer a more private and independent lifestyle. You'll enjoy many of the advantages of residence life such as support services, access to programs and facilities, and the option to purchase a meal plan.

Incoming Students

Open House is held in the fall of each year. This year it was held on October 20 where we hosted 1,000 students on our campus. Come for a day. Stay for a degree. Come and visit us for the day. To get the best feel for Dalhousie, arrange a visit with a current student as your guide. Tour the campus, meet a coach, attend a class, eat at a dining hall, and chat with professors and students. You can also meet with an academic advisor. In May and June, student/parent information sessions are held in many urban centres. The Returning to Learning program is an orientation for mature students. Through the Student Services Office, faculty members are readily available for individual advice to students throughout their first year and subsequent studies. An Advising Fair in January helps students select a major/honours program.

Career Planning

The Dalhousie Career Portfolio has been developed to enhance the University's undergrad Liberal Arts and Science programs, enabling students to optimize career preparation opportunities.


Campus services include an athletic centre with pool, rink, and artificial playing field. Baseball, Badminton, Basketball, Curling, Fencing, Figure Skating, Fitness Testing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Judo, Kayaking, Swimming, Racquetball, Rowing, Rugby, Running, Scuba, Squash, Tennis, Water Polo, and Weightlifting are offered.


Be sure to watch for the Society Fair in September. The fair is a chance for all societies to showcase their activities and objectives to other Dal students. Drop in, visit society booths and discover clubs, societies and organizations that may be of interest to you. Watch for details on the DSU website.


Over 100 clubs and societies are offered at Dalhousie including Indigenous Law Society, Atlantic Provincial Jewish Students' Federation, Black Canadian Students' Association, Caribbean Society, Cheerleading, Chess, Christian Fellowship, Radio Station, Dance, Newspaper, French Society, German Club, Investment Society, Science Fiction, Music, Debating, Squash, Tai Chi, Theatre, Women's Society, and Yoga.

Information Technology

Computer labs containing over 400 machines are located across campus in over twenty locations. University residences are all wired for Internet access. Printers are available free of charge in all labs. In most labs, laser printers are available with a fee per page charge. Web browsing, library catalogue access, and online library database searching can be done from computer labs. Course timetables, off-campus housing information, the University calendar, and other materials of use to students are available via the Web. All students are entitled to host computer accounts for e-mail and mounting personal Web pages. Host systems can be accessed from the labs. Dial up access to the Internet may be obtained from University computing and information services or local service providers for a monthly fee. Residence rooms are wired for dial up access to the campus network. A large pool of no charge dial up modems is maintained.


Dalhousie Arts Centre situated in the middle of the campus is the performing arts centre for the city of Halifax. Dalhousie Art Gallery, the Student Union Building, the Grad House (jazz and folk performances), student clubs, and organizations also exist.

Special Services

Dalhousie has an Advising Centre for students with disabilities (learning and physical). There are international and mature student advisors as well. Services and facilities for special students include Black Student Advising Centre, International Students' Centre, Native Education Counselling Unit, Transition Year program, Advisor to Students with Disabilities, and the Women's Centre.

Affiliated Institutions

Mount Saint Vincent University Nova Scotia Agricultural College Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University of King's College Capital Health Centre

International Involvement

Dalhousie co-sponsors an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in international development studies, which draws upon the international development experience of its overseas linkage projects, and extensive faculty international research and teaching networks. Dalhousie currently has over 80 established student exchange programs. Students can study abroad in countries ranging from Germany to Zimbabwe to Fiji through department based agreements with individual universities, the university wide Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC), or the Nova Scotia New England Exchange Program. A special fund, the Study Work International Fund (SWIF), provides financial assistance for study, work, practicum, or service overseas placements. A resource centre of study and work abroad opportunities is maintained at the Centre for International and Student Exchange Services.

Campus Tour

To get the best feel for Dalhousie, arrange a visit with a current student as your guide. Tour the campus, meet a coach, attend a class, eat at a dining hall, and chat with professors and students. You can also meet with an admissions advisor. Tours are offered Monday - Saturday, excluding holidays. Set up your tour by calling (902) 494-2587 or sign up on the Web site http://www.dal.ca/about-dal/campus-tours/book-a-tour.html


Dalhousie also has a full range of health, counselling, and advisory services, as well as rehearsal rooms for music students. All Dalhousie students have access to career, psychological, and spiritual counselling at the Student Union Building.

Modified on October 17, 2023