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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 and oceanographic research. 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 livestock, companion animals and animal care facilities 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 what they have learned about the theory and history of social movements to their own activism work in the community.

Cool Courses

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: Take a slightly unbalanced look at American history by digging into the historical interpretation of some of the most controversial events in America’s past.

The Good Life—Well-Being, Meaning and Happiness: Explores Western philosophy, concentrating on issues concerning what humans should do to live a fulfilling life.


Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 70%
Science: 75%
Commerce: 78%
Arts: $6,983 ($8,266 out-of-province)
Science: $7,952 ($9,235 out-of-province)
1st & 2nd year: 63
3rd & 4th year: 30.9
Undergraduates: 14,898
Graduates: 3,261
2,660 (2,595 reserved for first years) Graduation: 65.8%
Retention: 82.8%

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