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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 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.

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Founded in 1818, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,200 students from around the world.

After the college was founded in 1818, Lord Dalhousie was appointed Governor General of Canada and left Halifax. Without his influence, the institution faltered. The first instruction was not offered until 1838.50 years after its beginning, the college was reorganized.


Dalhousie Vision and Priorities

  • Enhance the transformative power of teaching and learning
  • Expand opportunities for research, scholarly and artistic work
  • Catalyze the intellectual, social and economic development of our communities
  • Take our place nationally and internationally
  • Build our institutional capacities


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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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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

Information Technology Services (ITS) empowers the success of students, faculty and staff through an overall focus on service, advising and consulting. ITS supports university instructional, research and administrative requirements. The department is responsible for all centrally managed computing, networking and telecommunications facilities, including:

  • University email
  • Central information system (Banner)
  • Online learning systems
  • Wired and wireless network connections
  • Student computer labs

Housing services

Dalhousie has three campuses in the heart of Halifax, close to the city’s major amenities:

  • Dal's Halifax campuses
  • Dal's Agricultural campus
  • Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Students can choose to live in residence, on-campus or off-campus.Meal plans are available to both on- and off-campus students. Dining halls are located in Howe Hall, Shirreff Hall, Risley Hall, and O'Brien Hall.

Library services

The Dalhousie University Libraries serves the needs of students, faculty, and staff by strengthening the university’s learning and research communities with the expertise, spaces, and collections.

Medical services

Dalhousie Student Health Services is committed to providing quality health care and services to promote and enhance students' good health and well-being. The services are easily accessible and geared toward the unique health needs and concerns of students.

Student Life

Campus life

The accommodation styles are as varied and unique as the students who live here. They choose from traditional residences, university-owned apartments, or the newest suite-style residence.

All first-year Dalhousie undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in residence.

Students can choose from traditional dormitory-style residences or non-traditional residence apartments. There are plenty of options.

Living on campus gets students closer to the action. They will find it easier to participate in groups and clubs. They will be more available for academic support and resources. And they will make stronger personal connections simply because they see these people every day.

Sports facilities

The Langille Athletic Centre is equipped with bikes, stair climbers, ellipticals, treadmills, and rowers in the cardio room. The double gymnasium, racquetball and squash courts are available for rental or free-time use..

Student clubs

Students in the School of Planning have formed organizations to promote a collegial community, represent their common interests, and engage in extra-curricular activities outside of their academic pursuits.

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