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Dalhousie University

Nova Scotia, Canada

Est. 1818

Ranked among top 20 universities in CA

About Dalhousie University

Established in the year 1818 as a non sectarian college by Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, George Ramsay, the Dalhousie University is a public research university. Till 1838 the university did not conduct any formal classes owing to some monetary problems and hence had to be closed down. Eventually, however, in the year 1863 this university came to be reorganized and known as “the Governors of Dalhousie College and University”. It was in the year 1997 that the name was changed to “Dalhousie University”. The Dalhousie University is a member of the U15 group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

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The Dalhousie University has, in all four campuses with three distinct campuses located around the Halifax Peninsula while the fourth one is in the Agricultural Campus in Bible Hall in Nova Scotia. All these campuses are located amidst residential areas.


Out of the four campuses which this university has, it is the Studley Campus which is the primary as well as the biggest campus. It is in this campus that most of academic buildings as well as faculties like the university’s Student union Building, athletic facilities are situated. The Carleton campus which is intersected by the Robbie Street houses all medical, dentistry and health related courses and professions is in close proximity to two major hospitals, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center and IWK Health Centre respectively. The Sexton campus is located in the downtown area of Halifax and houses all engineering, architecture and planning faculties while the Agricultural Campus at Bible Hall houses Agricultural faculty.

The University is further equipped with as many as five libraries of which the Killam Memorial Library is considered to be the biggest in the entire Atlantic Canada consisting of over a million books and journals. This library is the source for all sciences, management, arts and social sciences as well as computer science related books and periodicals. The W. K. Kellogg Health Science Library provides books on medicine, dentistry and other health related faculties while the Sexton Design and Technology library contains books on engineering, architecture and planning. Sir James Dunn Law library is the home for all law related books while the MacRae library consists of books on agriculture. Besides housing numerous libraries, the university also houses a museum and an art gallery.

Residing Options

In its Halifax campus, the university owns and manages as many as eleven student residences. These include the Gerard Hall, Howe Hall, Mini Rez, Risley Hall, Shirreff Hall, Glengary Apartments, LeMarchant Place, O’Brien Hall, Graduate House etc. Of these, it is the Howe Hall which houses the maximum number of students which close to almost 700. This Howe Hall has got a new addition in the form of the Fountain. In its agricultural campus also the university manages three residences, Truman House, Chapman House and Fraser House.


Nova Scotia is surrounded by sea on all three sides due to which it experiences a mid-temperate kind of a climate. Owing to the close proximity of the water bodies this region does not experience extreme hot or cold weather which is the case in continental type of climate. However, this region may at times also experience heat waves. Winters are extremely cold where the temperature goes down to almost freezing point.

Faculty and pedagogy

The teaching staff at the Dalhousie University is carefully handpicked of both national as well as international repute. All the professors have sufficient knowledge as well as practical exposure which they pass onto all their students. Apart from the faculty members and teaching assistants, there are academic advisors who provide personal coaching and academic guidance to students thereby helping them to reach their educational and career goals. If there is any particular course or module which any student feel difficult to comprehend, then there are tutors also who can help the students. So once you are in the Dalhousie University, be rest assured that you will receive all possible academic help and guidance on the campus.

As far as the faculties offered by the university are concerned, this university offers over 4000 courses in 180 degree programs in the faculties of Architecture and Planning, Agriculture, Dentistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Law, Management, Health, Graduate Studies etc. Some of the courses which the university offers like international food business, aquaculture, costume studies, community design and informatics are unique to this university and which cannot be found anywhere in the Atlantic region.

Financial aid

The Dalhousie University offers wide variety of financial aid to its students as it understands that not every student may come from a financially sound background. In order to support such financially distressed students, the university offers financial aid in the form of scholarships which are merit based, bursaries which are need based, Canadian student loans which are given out by the Government, U.S. Student Loans which are given by the U.S. government to its citizens studying at the Dalhousie University, summer jobs, part time on campus jobs, debt reduction, interest relief, line of credit or bank loans etc. The amount of scholarship can be anywhere ranging from $500 to as much as $40,000 for over four years.

Jobs and placements

In case if you have any concerns relating to your career or just want some expert guidance, just in touch with the Career Leadership & Development Program. This body of career experts will help and lead you in the right career path as well as will also help you in meticulously searching for the ‘perfect’ job for you. Besides this, the centre is also instrumental in organizing career fairs, seminars, workshops on career guidance, leadership skills and so on.


The Office of Advancement actively manages a database of all the alumni who have graduated from the Dalhousie University. This body keeps all its alumni abreast with all the latest developments and happening taking place on the university campus. Further, this office also takes initiative in planning and organizing alumni meets, reunions as well as alumni awards night and has set up a fund to which alumni can make their contributions. Some of the popular alumni of Dalhousie University have been:

  • Charles Peter McColough – Former President and CEO of Xerox
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan – first American woman to walk in space;
  • Donald O Hebb – who introduced several scientific advancements in the field of neuropsychology


    The reviews which the students have shared about the university give an average and not very good report of the university. In fact, based on the feedback so received, almost 37% of the students preferred to opt for another university if they had to do it all over again. So such reviews give us a clear picture of where the university stands from the students’ perspective.

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