First-year Advising

Welcome to Dalhousie! You've made a great choice!

Making the decision to attend university is a big step. It's an exciting time with lots of changes, challenges, and opportunities ahead. We're here to help you navigate the differences you'll experience from your time in high school to your time at Dalhousie.

One difference is the process to select and register for your courses. To help get you started these pages contain information on course selection, registration, and contact information for your Student Success Coaches.

Please contact us with any questions you have. We look forward to working with you.

Have you received your acceptance package?

Every student admitted to Dal is accepted into a particular faculty and degree program. Each program has different requirements. Your acceptance package should tell you which degree program and faculty you are in.

If you are unsure about which degree program you are in, contact the Registrar's Office at: (902) 494-2450. You can also find information about degree options and when you need to declare your major in the Academic Advising section.

When to start choosing courses

You can visit the academic timetable to develop a tentative schedule. Course registration for first-year students opens at noon on June 7, 2014.

Creating your schedule and what courses to take

Follow the steps below to find first-year courses to meet your degree requirements.

  1. Complete the pre-registration steps for all students in the Before You Begin section.
  2. Review your course requirement checklist to help you identify first-year courses that meet your degree requirements.
  3. Read through course descriptions in the undergraduate academic calendar. Consider both your interests and your first-year degree requirements.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the academic timetable.
  5. Develop a tentative schedule by following the steps in the next section: Choosing Your Classes.
  6. Contact a Student Success Coach  to review your schedule or to get help with choosing courses.

Important terms

Take a moment to review some of the important terms you'll find throughout the course selection and registration process, or refer to this page when you encounter a term you don't understand.

Ready? Get started creating your schedule

Download a program worksheet. This will help you choose classes that are required for your degree.