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Dalhousie University

4.0 out of 5 (12 ratings / 9 reviews) Halifax, Canada
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.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)

About

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.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
201 100
2018
301
2017
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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
251
2019
251
2018
251
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
280 -1
2019
279
2018
279
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
322 -15
2019
307 21
2018
328
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.

Services

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. 

Student Life

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)

Student Reviews

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture was an experience of a lifetime. This campus truly encompasses the small campus feel with the top education. You learn from the professionals and get to apply it as you learn. I grew so much respect for the field of Agriculture and I know my future lies within it. You make connections for a lifetime and feel like a family. My...

Great academics and campus life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dalhousie is a great school to attend. Profs are dynamic and great, and they really seem to care. I have founds that the combination of small class sizes and interesting courses have broadened my horizons so much more than expected. There is also so much more to Dalhousie than it's studies, and if you choose to get involved in the community there are so many opportunities...

Dalhousie University Review
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I really liked that my program used an interdisciplinary approach. I did not like that there are not many IDS professors at dal.

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