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Our story

Dalhousie was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1818. We have been delivering innovative and meaningful teaching and research for more than 200 years.
Aerial view of Henry Hicks Building

A world of change begins at Dalhousie

Today, as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, our 13 academic Faculties expand understanding through teaching excellence and a drive for discovery that results in more than $214 million in research funding each year.

Our groundbreaking research is rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and attracts thought leaders who come here to make discoveries that will contribute to a better future for us all.

Built to help bright minds excel

Our students come from across the country and around the world to experience the unique, interactive, and collaborative environment that supports all our students, instructors, researchers, and staff to achieve excellence.

We are committed to ensuring Dalhousie is among the very best universities in the country for exceptional student experience and success. To achieve this goal, we prioritize wellness and respect among our students, our faculty and staff and within our surrounding communities.

Community is more than simply the space we share

Dalhousie fully embraces our pivotal role as a civic university, invested in holistic social, intellectual and technological partnerships designed to support our communities, province and the region. From our economic contribution and the potential of our research to the eagerness of our student volunteers, we're proud to make a positive impact in our communities.

We are working to achieve inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) in everything we do. And we are collaborating on sustainability across the academic community, through on-campus projects, and within the community.

Building on our 200+ years of history

As we begin our third century as one of Canada’s top universities, we are planning to build upon our global distinction while further deepening our dedication to uplifting our communities. We’ll do this by focusing on delivering an exceptional student experience, aspiring to inclusive excellence, and contributing high-impact research while developing as a civic university with a global impact on a foundation for inclusion and distinction.