Truro Start Program

Where small classes meet big impact.

Starting your first year in Truro gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Why start here?

You'll benefit from the reputation of a degree at Dalhousie, plus there are many reasons to spend your first year in Truro:

  • Guaranteed a room in residence
  • One-on-one advising to build strategies for success
  • Live in a small, active town with cafes, restaurants, hiking and more
  • Bachelor of Science students (BSc) can join a first-year interest group (FIG) to meet other members of your cohort
  • Smaller class sizes in first-year courses like Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, English, Computer Science, Programming, Computer Systems, Psychology, and Sociology.


How to apply

Interested students can follow these steps to apply:

  • Apply for the program of interest, as noted above
  • Select the Truro campus on your application
  • After acceptance into your program, complete applicant information form
  • The Coordinator will contact you with next steps

For more information on the program and support with your application, contact Ashley Coffin, Program Coordinator.

Download the Truro Start brochure [PDF - 337kb]

Residence Guarantee
Fraser House on the Agricultural Campus

You will be guaranteed a room in residence at Dalhousie if you're a new, direct-from-high-school domestic or international student and have a complete application on file by May 15.

Priority access will be given to students with one or more of the following identities:

  • Indigenous students, especially Mi’kmaq
  • African/Black students, especially Historical African Nova Scotian
  • Students with (dis)abilities or ongoing medical conditions that significantly impact housing needs