Applying for Undergraduate Studies

Start your journey to Dalhousie

The following steps are for Canadian and international high school and post-secondary applicants. Mature students and visiting students have different application processes.

How to apply

Step 1: Choose your program

Dalhousie offers a wide range of programs to build an educational experience that is tailored to you. You can apply for up to three programs. You'll only be assessed for your second and third choices if you're not admitted to your first choice. 

If you’re applying to the Faculty of Agriculture, please note all programs are located at the Agricultural campus in Truro, N.S.

Please note: Some undergraduate programs require previous university experience (Dental Hygiene, Environmental Design Studies, Meteorology, Pharmacy and Social Work).

Step 2: Review the requirements

Once you’ve selected your program:

  1. Review the general admission requirements.
  2. Check if your program has additional requirements.
  3. If you’re applying from outside of Canada, make sure you meet the international equivalency requirements for your country.
  4. If English isn’t your first language, check the English language requirements.

Step 3: Complete an application for admission

Three years of secondary schooling is generally required to review for admission. For an initial assessment, first-semester or mid-year results (predicted where applicable) can be reviewed if your final year is still in progress.

To start the application process, create an admission login ID and pin on Dal Online. Select your application type and your desired admission term.

October 15 Applications open for admission the following September
April 1 International applicant deadline
June 1 Canadian and American applicant deadline

Please note: some programs have specific application deadlines.

You can check your application status on Dal Online. For help throughout the application process, contact an advisor.

You may also complete a paper Undergraduate Application Form [PDF- 216 kB] and mail it to the Registrar's Office.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

To complete your application to undergraduate studies, you'll need to pay the $70 CAD application fee.

You can pay your application fee online, by phone, mail or in person at the Registrar’s Office.

Accepted forms of payment:

  • Visa, Mastercard or American Express (combination debit/credit cards - in person or online only)
  • Cheque (payable to Dalhousie University), on the back of the cheque print the applicant's full name.
  • Money Order (payable to Dalhousie University)
  • Bank Draft (payable to Dalhousie University)
  • Cash (at the Registrar's Office. Please do not send cash in the mail)

Step 5: Submit your required documents

Submit your required documents to the Registrar’s Office. Each applicant must submit an official transcript, however your program may require supplemental forms and documentation.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to or, if by mail, in an original sealed envelope addressed to:

Registrar's Office, Dalhousie University
Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130
6299 South Street
PO Box 15000, Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2

Please note: If you send first-semester or mid-year transcripts, you must also submit final results when they are issued. 

Step 6: Apply for entrance awards

Dalhousie offers a variety of entrance awards. To apply, you must submit your entrance award application before March 1 and:

  1. Complete and submit your application for admission
  2. Pay the $70 CAD application fee
  3. Meet the academic requirements
March 1 Deadline to apply for entrance award consideration

To begin, create your Net ID and password and log in to Dal Online to complete the application.

Admission decisions

Please allow our admissions team 4 to 6 weeks to review your application. Admission decisions will be sent to you via the email address you provided on your application. You can check your application status on Dal Online.

Ready to apply?


I've applied, what's next?

You’ve submitted your application, supporting documents and paid the application fee. Now it’s time to plan your finances and take a visit to campus to get a sneak peek at life here at Dalhousie. You can check your application status on Dal Online

I've been accepted! What's next?

Congratulations! You’re on your way to becoming a student here at Dalhousie. It’s time to accept and plan your arrival to campus.