Dalhousie University

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

Dalhousie University students playing frisbee on campus

(Courtesy of Nick Pearce/Dalhousie University)

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 is 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 a significant amount of fog throughout the 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: In this program, which connects technology with business, students learn the basics of complex technologies while developing skills in problem-solving, communications and management. Co-op opportunities are included.
• Community Design: Students learn how to plan sustainable and equitable environments through hands-on experience in this program that emphasizes practical, creative designs to address community issues such as food security, sustainable transportation and affordable housing.
• International Food Business: Students in this program, offered by the faculty of agriculture in Truro, explore the global food industry and earn two degrees in four years by spending a year abroad at the Aeres University in the Netherlands.

Cool Courses
• Pandemic! The Class: Students attempt to prevent pandemics from occurring in this real-time, simulation-based course.
• Minds and Machines: This course takes a philosophical approach to cognition, examining topics that include artificial intelligence, neuroscience and linguistics.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,114 ($9,397 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 75% · Commerce: 70-75% · Engineering: 75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,484 · Part-time: 1,578
Graduates: Full-time: 3,712 · Part-time: 783
International Students: First-year: 25.5% ·
Graduate: 37.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 46 to 54
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,207 (2,626 last year with approx. 1,917 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $10,734 to $13,680 · Single room without meals: $7,151 to $8,263 · Apartment-style: $8,385 to $9,882

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