Congratulations on being accepted

We're excited to welcome you to the Dalhousie community!

You’re making an excellent choice to join us at Dalhousie! You’ll be joining a group of peers who share an enthusiasm for knowledge and a commitment to community. We look forward to seeing how you’ll build upon your hard work and continue to thrive during your time at Dalhousie.

Next Steps for January 2024

Step 1: Find your Dal ID number

Your Dal ID, sometimes called your Banner ID, begins with B00 and is found on your acceptance letter. You will need this for the next step.

Step 2: Activate your Net ID

Your Net ID is your username that you’ll use to log in to Dalhousie’s online services. If you are a high school applicant with a deposit deadline of May 15, you can activate your Net ID using your Dal ID number by following the steps below. If you are a transfer student and/or have a deposit deadline other than May 15, you will need to complete Step 3 (Accept your offer) before you are able to activate your Net ID.

To activate your Net ID:

  • Go
  • Click 'Activate or Lookup my NetID' and follow the instructions 
  • Register a password reset email

Step 3: Accept your offer

To accept your offer and guarantee your spot at Dalhousie, please pay your non-refundable admission deposit. If you need help, contact the Registrar’s Office:

Phone: 902.494.2450
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Please note: All fee payments must be made online. Dalhousie is unable to receive in-person payments until further notice.

When to pay your deposit

Admissions term Payment details
Fall/ September To accept your offer and guarantee your spot at Dalhousie, pay your non-refundable admission deposit by May 15 (or by the date indicated in your acceptance letter)


Your acceptance letter will say when/if an admission deposit is required


Your acceptance letter will say when/if an admission deposit is required

Step 4: Access email and Dal Online

Use your Net ID and password to access your Dalhousie email account by logging into MyDal. You can also create a personalized email address with your name instead of your Net ID. 

Please note: Dalhousie sends official university information to your Dalhousie email account, make sure to check it regularly.

Enroll for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

MFA is required for all Dal accounts. MFA is a security authentication method that requires you to provide 2 or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to a login. The evidence is a security code or confirmation provided via a phone call, text message, or authenticator app. Learn more about MFA here.

Activate your Dal Online account

You’ll also use your Net ID and password to access Dal Online. Here you can apply for scholarships and residence, register for classes, check your grades and more. Log in and get familiar with the system.




More things to do!

Join the New to Dal 2023-24 Groups on Dal Mobile

Download the Dal Mobile app for iOS or Android to connect with other students, discover useful services and resources on campus, and stay up to date with important information from the university.

Look for the New to Dal 2023–24 Group channel (Halifax or Truro) and join to meet other first-year students and find out what you need to know before starting at Dal.

Transfer students: Register for courses and request assessment of transfer credits

Transfer students can register for courses along with returning Dalhousie students starting in March. Visit the Register on Track page for course planning resources to get you started!

If you’ve previously studied at a university or college recognized by Dalhousie, you may be able to receive credit for course work already completed. For full details visit the Transfer Credits website.


Learn about financing your education

Entrance awards – Dalhousie offers entrance awards ranging from $500 to $41,900. Apply by March 1 by completing the general awards application.

Bursaries – Dalhousie offers a variety of bursaries that you can apply for in your first year.  

Canadian student loans – Loans come from federal, provincial or territorial governments. Fill out an application for your home province/territory for each year that you’re studying.

U.S. student loans – Financial assistance is available for citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Dalhousie is a participant in the Direct Loan program by the US Department of Education.

International students: Apply for a study permit

International students need to apply for a study permit to enter and study in Canada. Some may also need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Dalhousie’s International Centre outlines how to apply for visas and permits.

Apply as soon as possible as permits and visas can take 2-3 months to process.

Decide where to live


To qualify for residence, you must have been accepted to Dal, paid your $200 admission deposit, and submitted your residence application by May 1. Room assignments will be emailed to your Dalhousie email beginning in late spring. 

Applying to residence

  • Review Halifax and Truro residence living options
  • Pay your $200 CAD admission deposit
  • Log in to Dal Online using your Net ID and click on 'Web for Students'
  • Complete the 'Residence Application'

Off-campus housing

There are many off-campus housing options within walking distance of campus or along popular bus routes. Meal plans are also available to students that choose to live off-campus.

Students with families

Students with families may wish to live in Peter Green Hall, a family housing cooperative in Halifax.

Consider your Health Plan

Students who are enrolled full-time at Dalhousie are automatically enrolled in the Health and Dental Plan at Dalhousie during the Fall term.

Dalhousie offers Health Plans to students from the September 1 to August 31. This timeframe is refered to as the policy year.

If you are paying International Student Fees, you will be enrolled in an additional international Health Plan during the term in which your studies begin.

Students are able to opt out of these plans if they have alternate, comparable, coverage. Opt-outs can only be submitted during the term in which you are enrolled in the Health Plan. Family members can be added to your Student Health Plans during the term in which you begin your studies.

Policy information, details on how to claim, opt-in forms, opt-out criteria, and more can be found online at

If you have questions about your coverage, please contact

Prepare to register for courses

Course registration opens in early June. Follow the steps to select and register for your courses.

Dalhousie offers appointment with an advisor on campus for academic support and advice.

Already completed these steps?

Check out the new student checklist to start planning your arrival to campus.

Have questions? 

Our team is here to help. Contact an admissions advisor who supports students in your area. 

Are you a September 2024 applicant? 

Next steps will appear in your Application Portal

Important dates and deadlines

  • Keep an eye out for important dates including residence move-in, the first day of classes, and when fees are due each semester.