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Dalhousie University

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


Dalhousie University. (Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Dalhousie University, the largest university in Atlantic Canada, marks its 200th anniversary in 2018. Dal is home to 50 Canada Research Chairs, and research areas include clean technology and advanced materials; health and wellness; and government, society and culture. 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’s students and faculty make a lasting impact in their fields of study and 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 the new Halifax Central 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.

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.
• Law, Justice and Society: This interdisciplinary program combines history, philosophy, political science and sociology to help students develop a broad understanding of the law and its place in society.

Cool Courses
The Pirate and Piracy: This course examines historical and literary accounts of pirates, as well as modern representations of pirates in films and books, and considers the implications for contemporary piracy.
• Spoken Word, Storytelling and Literary Performance: Explore writing and theatrical tools for oral art forms. Students have the opportunity to develop their own projects, receive peer feedback and perform their work at a National Poetry Month showcase.

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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