Dalhousie University

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

Dalhousie University. (Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Dalhousie University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and home to 60 Canada Research Chairs. Key research areas include sustainable oceans; healthy people, communities and populations; clean technology, energy and the environment; food security; and culture, society and community development—each area supported by expertise in big data, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dal believes in giving undergrads access to research opportunities with experts. A large co-op program provides workplace experience, and all programs offer experiential learning. “Dalhousie has everything you would look for in a large university, but with the community feeling that comes from a smaller institution,” says president Deep Saini. “It is research intensive, but simultaneously focused on teaching and student experience.”

The main campus is located in the heart of Halifax’s historic South End; two other downtown campuses are adjacent to Spring Garden Road, close to pubs, cafés and restaurants. 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 historic stone buildings with contemporary architecture, is warm and welcoming.

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Standout Programs
Applied Computer Science: This program focuses on building strong technical skills, as well as problem solving, communications and management skills. Through work-integrated learning opportunities, students address problems and find solutions for real-world organizations.
Aquaculture: Interact with live aquatic species, from rainbow trout to the elusive blue lobster, at Dalhousie’s state-of-the-art Aquaculture Centre. Students in this program learn about a range of topics on aquatic life, including fish breeding and facilities management.
Law, Justice and Society: This interdisciplinary program gives students a broad understanding of the law and its place in society. Students explore topics including human rights, restitution programs and restorative justice.

Cool Courses
The Good Life: Well-being, Meaning and Happiness: Explore the questions and concepts behind happiness, the obstacles to understanding it and different ethical views throughout Western philosophy.
The Blue Planet: Delve into the forces at work in the sea, including geological, chemical, physical and biological processes.

Tuition
$7,603 ($8,886 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 75% · Commerce: 70-75% · Engineering: 75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,320 · Part-time: 1,526
Graduates: Full-time: 3,537 · Part-time: 765
International Students: First-year: 23.8% ·
Graduate: 32.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,626 (approx. 1,917 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $8,795 to $11,825 · Single room with meals: $10,610 to $12,770 · Apartment-style: $8,140 to $9,735

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