Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1818


Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University dates back to 1818, when the ninth earl of Dalhousie, then the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, used funds collected during the War of 1812 to open a college that could be attended by any person from any class. Today it is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. “Dalhousie’s students and faculty make a lasting impact in their fields of study, communities and on the world around them,” says president Richard Florizone. The main campus is located in the heart of Halifax’s historic South End; two downtown campuses are adjacent to Spring Garden Road, close to pubs, cafés, restaurants and a new city library. A campus in Truro, N.S.—about an hour from Halifax—is home to the only agriculture program in Atlantic Canada. Halifax gets about 120 days of fog each year, but the main campus, which combines vine-covered stone buildings with contemporary architecture, is warm and welcoming. Authors Lucy Maud Montgomery and Hugh MacLennan graduated from Dal, as did Canadian politicians Megan Leslie, Peter MacKay and Elizabeth May.

READ: The inside scoop on life at Dal

Standout Programs

• Ocean Sciences: With the Atlantic Ocean just steps from campus, Dalhousie is a leader in marine sciences. This undergraduate degree combines courses in marine chemistry, geology, biology and oceanography.
• Bioveterinary Science: Students at the agriculture campus in Truro get hands-on experience with animals in this program designed to give them an edge when applying to veterinary school, postgraduate study and industry jobs.
International Development Studies: Undergrads learn about big global problems, such as poverty, health and environmental degradation. In a course on development and activism, students apply the theory they’ve learned to their own activism work in the community.

Cool Courses

How to Win an Argument: This class teaches students how to put together reasonable and convincing arguments using logic and deduction.
• The Art and Science of Drumming: Develop your sense of rhythm in this music class. Students are required to buy or rent their own hand drums, but they make for a great alternative to pulling out a guitar by the campfire.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 78%
Arts: 70%
Science: 75%
Commerce: 80%
Arts: $6,747 ($8,030 out-of-province) Science: $7,857 ($9,140 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 64.6
3rd & 4th year: 28.8
Full-time: 13,275
Part-time: 1,516
2,717 (2,571 reserved for first years) Graduation: 63.1%
Retention: 84%

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