New Student Orientation

Orientation is how we welcome you to campus! Orientation is important for learning about the buildings, services and the staff you will meet everyday. New students get 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 will include many fun and informative events hosted by your Dalhousie Agricultural Student Association (DASA) and the Student Success Centre team. Register early for Dal AC Fall Orientation to get all the news about orientation events. Fall orientation registration includes a t-shirt, welcome pack and meals.

Arriving in January?

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


September 2018 orientation schedule

Saturday, September 1

Time Session Location

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 - Student Learning Commons, Room 221
  • Pay your tuition - Dairy Building, Lower Level
  • Visit the bookstore - Jenkins Hall
  • Have fun! 



Mature and Transfer Student Coffee

If you're transferring from another institution or have been out of school for a couple of years, 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
10:30- 11:00am 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
11:00- 11:30am Family and Friends Residence Information Session
Additional information about residence for the family and friends of students living on campus.
Truman 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). 


Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall

Dean's Reception
Have a juice and a cookie with our Dean and Campus Principal, meet other staff and faculty.

Upper Level Cumming Hall Lobby
2:30pm 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.

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? 



Sunday, September 2

Time Session Location


Jenkins Hall

Scavanger 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

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.

Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall


Jenkins Hall

Inclusive & Diverse U
You will learn about your fellow Aggies through this fun, simple, inclusive activity. 


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. 


Lawn near MacRae Library


Jenkins Hall 

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 2018 at the maze!

Buses depart from the Horseshoe

Monday, September 3

Time Session Location

Pancake Breakfast
In partnership with Farm Credit Canada

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

Regional Breakout Groups

This is where we break everyone into groups where every student in the group is from a different country, province or region. Orientation Leaders will take you to the session from the Alumni Theatre.

Nova Scotia – Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall
New Brunswick – CA Douglas, Cumming Hall
PEI – Presidents Boardroom, Cumming Hall
NFLD – Student Success Centre, Dairy Building
Western Canada – Dairy Boardroom, Dairy Building
Central Canada – Quebec & Ontario – MAP Centre, Dairy Building
International – Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall
Various locations - see box to left

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. 

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!


Student Learning Commons, MacRae Library
3:00- 4:00pm

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 2018.

Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall


Jenkins Hall 

Country Fair 

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




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 many more prizes. Total prize value of over $2000!



Tuesday, September 4 (class timetable starts from 8:30am)

Tuesday, September 4th - Class timetable starts from 8:30am

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

Business and Social Science

Ag. Business & Ag. Economics

Diane Dunlop Banting Building, Room 33
International Food Business Heather-Anne Grant Rural Research Centre, Room 4

Plant, Food & Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science Robert France & Svetlana Yurgel (Honors) Haley Institute, Room 111
Landscape Architecture, Environmental
Landscape Horticulture (ELH), & Diploma Managed Landscapes
Heather Braiden, Ed Veerstag, Rick Le Brasseur, & Tracey MacKenzie Landscape Architecture Studio
in the Engineering Extension Building (20 Rock Garden Road)
Plant Science - Degree and Diploma Nancy McLean (Degree) & Shannon Kilyanek (Diploma) Banting Building, Room 32


Integrated Environmental, Management Gordon Price Haley Institute, Room 228
Engineering Tri Nguyen Quang & Peter Havard Banting Building, Room 25

Animal Science & Aquaculture

Animal Science, Pre-Vet & Biovet Leslie MacLaren, 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
Diploma Business Management & Small Business Management Iona Green & Gillian Fraser Banting Building, Room 9
Vet Tech Lori Parsons, Laurel MacIntosh, Chastity Spears, Marla MacKay Haley Institute, Room 114
If you are in an undeclared program your advisor will be:
Keltie Jones
Haley Institute, Room 230


Time Session Location
5:00- 6:00pm Reception for Diploma Students
A chance for students on diploma programs to meet each other and teaching faculty.
Riverview Room, Jenkins Hall