Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Dalhousie University - Overview & Background

Dalhousie University is located in Halifax (Nova Scotia) in Canada. It was founded in 1818 and prides itself on being one of the oldest universities in the country. The university has made a mark for itself through its transformative academic programs that are aimed at continuous re-assessment of courses according to the changing trends of knowledge production and industry needs. The university is also known for its innovative classrooms that focus on making learning easier, more engaging, more productive and quicker.

Dalhousie University consists of 13 faculties. These are faculties of:

  • list items Agriculture
  • list items Architecture and Planning
  • list items Arts and Sciences
  • list items College of Continuing Education,
  • list items Computer Science
  • list items Dentistry
  • list items Engineering
  • list items Graduate Studies
  • list items Health
  • list items Law
  • list items Management
  • list items Medicine
  • list items Science
  • The university has 3 campuses:

  • list items The Halifax Campus
  • list items Agricultural Campus 
  • list items Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Campus

    Established  1818
    Founder  George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie
    University Type Public Research University
    University Motto Pray and work
    University City Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Acceptance Rate 43%
    Graduation Rate  67.1 %
    Employment Rate 84%
    Faculty to Student Ratio 1:18
    Endowment $757.5 million
    Campus Size 79 acres
    Official Website Link Dalhousie University, Canada 
    Contact Details +1 902-494-2211


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    Halifax Campuses are constituted of 3 campuses. The Studley Campus houses about five dozen buildings. The Sexton Campus has about 17 buildings and complexes, while the Carleton Campus has 8 buildings and complexes. Halifax Campuses have 24 X 365 Security Services ensuring student security through vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrols. The university also prides itself for being the first in Canada to have a College of Sustainability that ensures that all major functions of the university are carried out keeping in mind the emerging sustainability concepts. 

    The university’s library system consists of 5 libraries, a couple of common rooms, archival collections and a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre. The university has specialized research centers and institutes for Sustainable Oceans, Health, Clean Technology, Community Development, Big Data and, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


    Residing Options

    There are 10 student residences in the Halifax campuses:

  • list items These are Gerard Hall
  • list items Howe Hall
  • list items LeMarchant Place
  • list items Mini Rez
  • list items O'Brien Hall
  • list items Residence Houses
  • list items Risley Hall
  • list items Shirreff Hall
  • list items Glengary Apartments
  • list items Graduate House
  • Besides 3 residences in Agricultural campus, namely:

  • list items Chapman House
  • list items Fraser House
  • list items Truman House
  • Transitional Residence options at Halifax Campuses may cost between $5000 - $10,000 and non-traditional between $8000 to 10,000 for an academic year. Meal plans cost between $2400 - $4200 per year.

    Off-campus living options may cost a monthly rent between $700 to $2100 depending upon the locality and size of the rented accommodation.

    The main localities are

  • list items Halifax Peninsula South
  • list items Halifax Peninsula North
  • list items Downtown Halifax (most expensive)
  • list items Dartmouth South (cheapest)
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    Financial Aid

    International master’s students are provided with various scholarships.

    1. Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship is $15,000/year up to 4 years for doctoral students.
    2. Abdul Majid Bader Scholarship is worth $40,000 for 12 month period.
    3. Killam Predoctoral Scholarships are worth $20,000 + for a 24-month period (Level 1) for master’s students and $30,000 + for 36 months (Level 2) for PhD students.

    Vitamin Scholarships are available for students involved in study, research and development of vitamin products. They are worth $19,000 for master’s and $21,000 for doctoral students for a 12-month period. They are open only to first academic year students and those enrolled in thesis programs.

    Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation offers more than $3,000,000 annually to master’s and doctoral students of Dalhousie University through the Scotia Scholars Program.

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    Jobs and Placement

    The Bissett Student Success Center offers valuable counseling, resources and assistance in finding jobs and placements. It also runs a special International Students Work Experience Program (ISWEP). It also has effective Online Job Search Tools.

    The top recruiters that employ graduates from the university include

  • list items Dalhousie University
  • list items Nautel
  • list items Nova Scotia Power Corporation
  • list items Government of Nova Scotia
  • list items J.D. Irving Ltd.
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    Notable Alumni

     Some famous alumni from Dalhousie University include:

  • list items Dr. Robert Ackman, Omega-3 fatty acid research pioneer
  • list items Dr. Erik Demaine, Youngest professor ever hired at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • list items Arthur B. McDonald, Nobel Laureate: 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • list items Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NASA astronaut, first American woman to walk in space
  • list items Arthur Maxwell House, O.C, Neurologist and a former Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • list items Richard Bennett Hatfield, Former Premier of New Brunswick
  • list items Gerald Regan, Former Liberal Premier of Nova Scotia
  • list items Jamie Baillie, Former Credit Union Atlantic CEO, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia
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    Dalhousie University Location

    The main campus of the university is considered to be the Studley Campus in the Halifax peninsula. The engineering faculty is located in the Sexton Campus in Downtown Halifax. The nearest airport is the Halifax Stanfield International Airport which is about 43 km north of the campuses. It is well connected from the airport via road. One can choose a free shuttle service for students or paid shuttle bus services, or hire a private taxi to reach the university.

    Dalhousie University Map Location

    Address: 6299 South St, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada