Orientation is how we welcome you to campus. It's important for learning about the services and the staff you will meet every day, and getting familiar with the campus through fun but important programming. The activities will help you connect with other students and get the tools to make the first semester a success at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (Dal AC).

Orientation at the AC is for all new students to the Truro Campus. It includes many fun and informative events hosted by your Dalhousie Agricultural Student Association (DASA) and the Student Success Centre team. Register early to get all the news about orientation events. Fall orientation registration includes a T-shirt, welcome pack, and meals.

Students interested in attending the International Welcome or ABLE @ DAL are able to register for these events as part of Orientation.

For international students: Thursday, August 29
For ABLE @ DAL: Friday, August 30

For all students: Orientation begins Saturday, August 31

If you are having difficulty registering, copy the following link into your web browser: https://registration.dal.ca/acorientation19

September 2019 orientation schedule

Saturday, August 31





Residences open 


Orientation check-in

Welcome Aggies! Gather in the horseshoe (you'll know what we mean when you get here) to meet your O-Leaders and get your Orientation swag bag.

Don't forget to also:

  • Pick up your DalCard – Cumming Hall, Principal's Boardroom
  • Pay your tuition – Cumming Hall, Enrolment Services
  • Visit the bookstore – Jenkins Hall
  • Have fun! 

Orientation t-shirtsOrientation registration tent


Mature and Transfer Student Coffee

If you're transferring from another institution or have been out of school for awhile, stop by this event to meet other students who are in similar situations. You'll also then have an Orientation buddy for the rest of the activities. 
Student Learning Commons, MacRae Library

Family and Friends Information Session

Family and friends can learn about the services provided on campus to support students and their transition.

Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall

Family and Friends Residence Information Session

Additional information about residence for the family and friends of students living on campus.

Trueman House Lounge

Orientation Welcome Lunch 

All students, family and friends are invited to join us for a barbecue lunch. 
Provided in partnership with Farm Credit Canada

Jenkins Hall

Induction Ceremony

Induction is your official welcome to Dalhousie University (kind of like convocation, but at the beginning of your degree). You won't want to miss this event (or getting the sweet Dalhousie scarf). 

Student in audience at Induction Faculty and staff on stage at Induction

Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall

Family and Friends Depart

The rest of our program is designed for students to get to know each other and learn essentials for university life, so this is the time we suggest family and friends leave campus and have a safe trip home. 

Outside Cumming Hall

Get to Know your Fellow Aggies!

Activities to meet the rest of the incoming class of 2018 and get to know each other. 


House Challenge

This is your FIRST house challenge! House challenges happen all year, and it's where Aggies from each house work together to show which one has the best school spirit! Your first challenge: make the most awesome, beautiful, gravity-defying hay bale sculpture with your team mates.

Student loading hay bales onto trailer

Cumming Hall Lawn

Supper With Your Fellow Aggies

Jenkins Hall Patio

Residence House Meetings
(Mandatory for Residence Students)

This is where you'll meet your Don, RAs, housemates, and get to know residence rules and expectations. You'll also get the full tour and welcome to the building (keep an eye out for the best study spots!). 


Townhouse Meeting
(Mandatory for off-campus students)

Find out about what to expect as an off-campus student including tips to make sure you get the most out of your AC experience while living off-campus.

"The Barn" – Upper Level, Jenkins Hall 


Crackling fire, music, snacks and new friends—need we say more? 

Student building bonfire Students around bonfire


Sunday, September 1






Jenkins Hall

From Surviving to Thriving

Looking for the best tips to stay healthy while you're in university? This is it! You'll learn about what to expect as a university student and have the opportunity to ask questions. There will also be door prizes.

Students at information session

Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall

Scavenger Hunt

Find your way around campus with your team of explorers and learn all the hidden secrets (and where your classes will be)!


Meet in the Horseshoe


Jenkins Hall

Inclusive & Diverse U

You will learn about your fellow Aggies through this fun, simple, inclusive activity. 

Student gathered around the residence halls


Bubble Barn

There's no age limit on enjoying a good slip 'n slide. At the AC, we have our own famous and homemade Bubble Barn for you to enjoy! Not into bubbles? We'll have yoga too. You may want to wear some old clothes and have something to change into. 

Students sliding down bubble slide Students sliding down bubble slide

Lawn near MacRae Library


Chef's Garden

River Breeze Corn Maze

Do you like puzzles? Corn? Then this event is perfect for you! Work with your team to get through the corn maze as fast as you can. Those who finish quickly get a prize, and bragging rights! After the maze, enjoy the River Breeze trampoline and other activities. 

Wear your Orientation shirt for a group photo of the Incoming Class of 2019 at the maze!

Students at the Riverbreeze Corn Maze

Buses depart from the Horseshoe

Monday, September 2





Pancake Breakfast

In partnership with Farm Credit Canada

Breakfast buffet

Jenkins Hall

What to Expect in Year One: Dal 101

What you need to know to excel academically and understand the curious language we use in university.  

Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall

Orientation Leader Q&A

Our O-Leaders are here for you! Get tips and tricks from students who understand what you may be feeling. Have a question? This is YOUR time. 

Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall

Finding your Recipe for Success

Interactive session to learn skills needed for success during university

*Door Prize*

Langille Athletic Centre

Lunch & Essential Farm Information Presentation

If you are going to be down on our farm (and almost everyone will be at some time), you need to know how to be safe and follow the rules. 

Students eating in Jenkins Hall

Jenkins Hall

Clubs & Services Fair

Your one-stop shop for clubs and societies on campus as well as essential services for students. Chat with representatives, join clubs, learn about what they do, and find out when their first meetings are. 

You will also get to see our beautiful new Student Learning Commons!

Students at the club and services fair Student reading a display at a booth

Student Learning Commons, MacRae Library

Not Your Average Sex Talk 

Consent, culture and sexual assault on university campuses receive lots of media attention. Find out about these issues as they relate to Dal. The session will also include essential information for students navigating student life in 2019.

Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall


Jenkins Hall 

Country Fair 

Carnival games like mini-putt and ring toss, inflatable races, balancing duels, a mechanical bull, and more. We'll also have snacks, including fresh popcorn! 

Two students playing in inflatable game Student riding a bucking-bronco machine



Orientation Finale and Prize Draw Extravaganza

Keep the tickets you’ve earned for this final event! Keep one part of your ticket and put the other part in the bucket in front of the prizes you want to win. If you’re lucky you’ll come back from Orientation with more than just a cool swag bag and memories! Epic prizes include a TV, mini fridge, school supplies, and much more. Total prize value of over $2,000!


Students drawing names for the prize draw


Tuesday, September 3 (class timetable starts from 8:30am)


 Meet your Academic Advisor 4:00–5:00pm

Business and Social Science

Ag. Business & Ag. Economics

Diane Dunlop Haley Institute, Room 111
International Food Business Heather-Anne Grant Rural Research Centre, Room 4
Diploma in Business Management
Gillian Fraser
Ruminant Animal Centre, Room 102
Small Business Management   Iona Green
SLC, FCC Boardroom

Plant, Food & Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science Brandon Heung & Svetlana Yurgel
Cox Institute, Room 208

Environmental Landscape Horticulture(ELH)

Diploma Managed Landscapes

Landscape Architecture

Tracey MacKenzie & Ed Versteeg
Collins Buildin , Room 110
Plant Science - Degree   Sherry Matheson SLC, Program Room B
Plant Science - Diploma
Kalyani Prithiviraj
Cox Institute, Room 209


Integrated Environmental, Management Gordon Price Banting Building, Room 33
Engineering Mandi Wilson & Peter Havard Banting Building, Room 25

Animal Science & Aquaculture

Animal Science, Pre-Vet & Biovet Janine Gray, Sarah Gatti-Yorke, Margie Hartling, David Barrett & Miriam Gordon
Haley Institute, Room 200
Aquaculture Audrie-Jo McConkey & Scott Jeffrey Haley Institute, Room 110
Vet Tech Lori Parsons, Laurel MacIntosh, Chastity Spears, Marla MacKay, Amy Birchall & Joye Sears
Haley Institute, Room 114
Undeclared Program
Undeclared Gillian Hatch Dairy Building, MAP Centre

                                                          Diploma Reception  

Diploma Reception 5:00pm - 6:00pm Jenkins Hall, Riverview Room




Download a pdf version of the orientation schedule [PDF]


Arriving after check-in on Aug 31st? 

Stop by Jenkins Hall during supper on August 31st or at lunch on September 1st to pick up your Orienatation pack. 


Arriving in January?

We have smaller numbers of students starting programs on the Agricultural Campus in January. Please email fyedalac@dal.ca to let us know when you are arriving so we can arrange a personalized orientation for you.