Dalhousie University

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

Dalhousie University. (Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Dalhousie University, the largest university in Atlantic Canada, marked its 200th anniversary last year. Dal is home to 60 Canada Research Chairs, with research areas including oceans; healthy people and communities; clean technology, energy and the environment; food security; and culture, society and community development.

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. “Our students are driven to make a difference, and we’re here to help them succeed in and out of the classroom,” says interim president Peter MacKinnon.

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, 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 historic stone buildings with contemporary architecture, is warm and welcoming.

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Standout Programs
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 program takes an interdisciplinary approach to giving students a broad understanding of the law and its place in society. Students explore topics including human rights, restitution programs and restorative justice.
• Kinesiology: Students in this program can finish a general degree in kinesiology, or enter a focused stream in ergonomics, fitness and lifestyle, or coaching science. Students gain hands-on work experience in their final year with a 25-hour practicum.

Cool Courses
The Good Life: Well-being, Meaning and Happiness: This course explores an age-old question: What does it mean to be happy? Students consider the issues facing people trying to answer this question, as well as different ethical views throughout western philosophy.
• The Blue Planet: Students in this course learn about what happens under the sea, including the geological, chemical, physical and biological processes at play.

$7,357 ($8,640 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 75% · Commerce: 70-75% · Engineering: 75%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 13,067 · Part-time: 1,596
Graduates: Full-time: 2,814 · Part-time: 760
International Students: First-year: 20% ·
Graduate: 30%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces
2,671 (2,541 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,550 to $11,070 · Single room with meals: $10,305 to $12,665 · Double room without meals: $4,970 to $7,490 · Single room without meals: $6,105 to $9,085 · Apartment-style: $7,905 to $9,450

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