Indigenous Student Access Pathway

Changes to Student Success Centre Services

Most Student Success staff will be moving to working remotely as of Monday March 23, 2020. Working remotely means staff can be contacted via email or telephone to have questions answered or to set up a remote meeting via telephone, Microsoft Teams or another mutually agreed upon means of meeting remotely. 

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Our one-year program
 offers First Nations, Métis and Inuit students an opportunity to complete university courses in our culturally supportive and friendly campus community in Truro, Nova Scotia. It is open to direct-from-high-school students, mature students and those with previous post-secondary experience who have some but not all of the pre-requisites for standard admission.

About the program

ISAP participants will gain access to a pathway to admissions, allowing them to upgrade their academic standing to meet Dalhousie University's degree program admissions requirements. The ISAP program is designed to support Indigenous students academically and culturally while enrolling them in up to 6 university credit granting courses over the duration of the 1 year program.


To be eligible for the prgram, participants must:

  • identify as Indigenous (ie. one of the three Federally recognized indigenous groups: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit).
  • completed a high school diploma or equivalent
  • not meet the current Dalhousie minimum admissions requirements

How to apply

How to apply:

  • complete a Dalhousie Undergraduate Application
  • have your high school transcript sent directly from the issuing school
  • submit a 250 word letter of intent outlining your academic goals and how the ISAP program would help you accomplish them
  • provide evidence of your Indigenous connection by way of a "Status card" or a letter of support directly from the Indigenous community you identify with

These items need to be submitted directly to the Manager of Indigenous Students at Dalhousie Truro Campus.

Help us get the word out

Download the printable ISAP poster and post it in your community