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:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Arts and Sciences
  • College of Continuing Education,
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Science

The university has 3 campuses:

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


Former Names

    Dalhousie College(1818–1863), The Governors of Dalhousie College and University(1863–1996)




 George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

Pray and work

University City

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Acceptance Rate


Graduation Rate

 67.1 %

Employment Rate


Faculty to Student Ratio



$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:

  • These are Gerard Hall
  • Howe Hall
  • LeMarchant Place
  • Mini Rez
  • O'Brien Hall
  • Residence Houses
  • Risley Hall
  • Shirreff Hall
  • Glengary Apartments
  • Graduate House

Besides 3 residences in Agricultural campus, namely:

  • Chapman House
  • Fraser House
  • 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

  • Halifax Peninsula South
  • Halifax Peninsula North
  • Downtown Halifax (most expensive)
  • Dartmouth South (cheapest)

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

  • Dalhousie University
  • Nautel
  • Nova Scotia Power Corporation
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • J.D. Irving Ltd.

Notable Alumni

 Some famous alumni from Dalhousie University include:

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

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

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