Dalhousie University

Founded 1818 | Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and home to 56 Canada Research Chairs. Key research areas include healthy people, communities and populations; clean technology, energy and the environment; a sustainable ocean; food security; and culture, society and community development. Each area is supported by expertise in big data, innovation and entrepreneurship. Undergrads are offered access to research opportunities with experts, a large co-op program provides workplace experience, and all programs offer experiential learning.

“Dalhousie offers an amazing balance, with the community feeling you’d find at a smaller university and the research excellence you’d expect from a larger one,” says president Kim Brooks. “We’re proud of our commitment to teaching and we believe in creating opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Our corner of the country offers the most magnificent ‘outside the classroom’ experience possible—from an outstanding culture and arts scene, to a thriving innovation and technology ecosystem, to the richness of Nova Scotia’s landscape.”

The main campus, located in the heart of Halifax’s historic South End, is warm and welcoming. It features historic stone buildings alongside contemporary architecture. Two other downtown campuses are 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.

Campus Buzz

Students who want to become better leaders and create change can connect through the Dalhousie Student Leadership Academy, which offers workshops, hands-on learning and mentorship opportunities. 

Standout Programs

• Marine Biology: Dalhousie offers the perfect location to boost classroom learning with practical experience. Students hone skills and conduct research in the field. A co-op option provides three work terms in industry, government or ecotourism.

• 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.

• Costume Studies: Offered as a four-year B.A. in theatre, this well rounded program provides research and academic training while developing applied skills. There is a strong historical focus on both theatre and museum work.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$9,133 ($10,416 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70% | Science: 75% | Commerce: 70-80% | Engineering: 75%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 14,578 | Part-time: 1,556

Graduates: Full-time: 4,249 | Part-time: 766

International Students: First-year: 13.8% | Graduate: 31.7%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,654 (2,100 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Single room: $8,005 to $9,340 | Double room with meals: $10,303 to $13,677 | Single room with meals: $12,402 to $15,615 | Apartment-style: $9,477 to $11,170

Cool Courses

• Electrical Engineering Design II: Students learn advanced aspects of design in the classroom and the lab. The course culminates in a design contest in which students tackle design objectives.

• Landscape Architecture Studio I: Students take part in a studio project involving drawing, researching, writing, model construction, digital media and oral presentations.

Student Life on Campus

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