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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is proudly located in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is ranked one of the friendliest cities in the world. Founded in 1818, we're one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 19,000 students from around the world. We make a lasting impact by blending transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.

History

  • In the early 19th century, George Ramsay, the ninth Earl of Dalhousie and Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor at the time, wanted to establish a Halifax college open to all, regardless of class or creed.
  • The spoils of war helped fulfill his dream. During the War of 1812, Castine, a small port in Maine, was being used as a base by American privateers who harassed ships along the Eastern Seaboard.

Education

  • Dalhousie combines the prestige of a big-name university with a hands-on, collaborative education — all students have access to experiential learning opportunities in their programs and nearly 90% are taking advantage of it.

Research

  • Our membership in the U15 distinguishes us as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, attracting more than $150 million in research grants and awards each year. Many of our researchers are nationally and internationally recognized for their work, whether it’s groundbreaking, thought-provoking or solving real-world issues.

Career

  • The Career Information Centre exists to help students move forward in their educational and career planning.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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2024
298 10
2023
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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2023
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
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2023
301
2022
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

  • The most noteworthy change is the creation of a new vice-provost, student affairs position that replaces the vice-president student services. 
  • In an email to all students, Dr. Watters explained the rationale for realigning Dal’s student service functions within the Provost’s Office, citing the cross-function nature of Dal’s priorities within its new Strategic Direction (specifically, helping more students succeed in their studies and complete their degrees).

Housing services

  • The Student Accessibility Centre (Halifax Campus) and the Student Success Centre (Agricultural Campus) are Dalhousie’s centres of expertise on student access, inclusion, and accommodation support. We work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students.

Library services

  • With five libraries, two learning commons, archival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, and a Copyright Office, the libraries provide timely, context-sensitive service in person or online. Our University Librarian is Donna Bourne-Tyson. 

Medical services

  • Dalhousie provides health & wellness support to Dalhousie and King's students through an interprofessional collaborative model and stepped care approach to wellness. 
  • With a professional and peer support network, students have access to services and support, workshops, online resources, and more. 

Campus life

  • The purpose of a new capital project and major renovation is to support the goals of the university through fostering academic innovation, enriching student experience, strengthening enrolment, supporting research excellence, developing outstanding human resources, sustaining campus renewal, ensuring financial stability, and engaging our community.

Sports facilities

  • Dalhousie a wide array of sport and recreational facilities, including Dalplex, Sexton Gym, and the Langille Athletic Centre in Truro, to suit the needs of students, faculty, staff, and commmunity users. 
  • Whether you’re brand new, you’ve been a member for a while, or you’re thinking about joining and want to see what we have to offer, come by for a FREE building tour of any facility.

Student clubs

Within the Student Union Building (SUB), the DSU provides a number of services to make your life at Dalhousie more enjoyable. These services include:

  • The Grawood Lounge
  • Tim Hortons
  • Union Market
  • Student Advocacy Service
  • Campus Copy (photocopy centre and computer facility)
  • society space
  • meeting facilities
  • locker rentals
  • support for Tiger Patrol (drive-home service)
  • CKDU, our own radio station
  • The Gazette (student newspaper)

  • Programs in the Rowe School of Business have been accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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