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Congratulations on being accepted to Dalhousie


We can't wait for you to join the Dalhousie community! Guarantee your spot in your program by paying your $200 admission deposit. This non-refundable deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees when you register. Find full details on your next steps below.

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Next steps

Pay your admission deposit

Your $200 admissions deposit can be paid via DalOnline. If you encounter difficulty. please call the Registrar's Office at 902.494.2450 for support. Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm AT.

When to pay

When you pay your deposit depends on when you are beginning school:


In order to hold your space in your program of choice, you need to pay your admission deposit by May 15 (or by the date indicated in your acceptance letter).


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


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

Set up and check your Dal email account

Step 1: Know your Dal ID number  

Your Dal ID begins with B00 and appears in the top right hand corner of your acceptance letter.

Step 2: Activate your NetID

Your NetID is a unique username that you will use to login to Dalhousie’s online services. Allow one or two days for your admission deposit to be received and have your Dal ID number ready. This will allow you to activate your NetID.

To activate your Net ID:

  • Go to my.dal.ca. Click ‘New User?’
  • Click ‘Activate my NetID’ and follow the instructions.
  • Register a password reset email.

Now that you have your NetID and password, you can access your Dalhousie email account by logging into MyDal.

IMPORTANT: Your Dal email is where all official university information is sent, including details about orientation, residence, tuition fees, health plan, and more. So make sure you check it regularly.

Create a personalized dal.ca email address (with your name instead of your NetID). 

Activate your Dal Online account

Your NetID and password will also be used to login to Dal Online—a web portal where you can apply for scholarships and residence, register for classes, check your grades and much more. Log in and get familiar with the system.

Learn about financing your education

Funding sources to consider:

  • Scholarships – You can be considered for all general entrance awards at Dal by completing one application. The awards range from $500-41,900 and the application is due on March 1.
  • Bursaries – Dal offers a variety of bursaries that you can apply to beginning in your first year.  
  • Canadian Student Loans - Government loan programs are intended to supplement the financial resources of students and their families. These loans come from both the federal government and the provincial or territorial governments. Fill out an application for your home province/territory for each year that you are studying.
  • U.S. Student Loans - Financial Assistance is available for Citizens and Permanent Residents of the United States. Dalhousie is recognized as a participant by the US Department of Education for the Direct Loan Programs.

Decide where to live


University is more than a learning experience – it’s a living experience! Residence is a great way to make friends and get involved in the Dal student community. Dalhousie offers guaranteed residence to all new undergraduate students who have completed the residence application and paid the housing deposit (for the fall session).

Students can choose from a variety of different styles of residence – all are conveniently located and offer meal plans. Learn more about Dalhousie residences.

Applying to residence

  • Pay your admission deposit
  • Have your Net ID and password ready
  • Login to Dal Online. Click on ‘Web for Students’
  • Complete the online ‘Residence Application’
  • Room assignments will be emailed to your Dal email beginning in late spring.

Off-campus housing

Find your home away from home. There are many off-campus housing options within walking distance or along bus routes and meal plans are also available to non-residence students if you choose to live off-campus.

Select and register for your courses

With more than 4,000 courses, Dalhousie students have plenty of choice. Academic advisors are available to help you pick your courses, plan your program and navigate the registration process.

Need some help? Contact First Year Advising!

Beginning in the spring, our team of peer advisors and the First Year Advising centre are available for in-person and phone appointments to answer your questions and help you plan your first year at Dal. 

Halifax Students
(local) 902-494-3203 (toll-free) 1-866-359-4709
E-mail: first.year.advisor@dal.ca
Facebook group for incoming students

Truro Students
Brian 902-893-6729
E-mail: fyedalac@dal.ca
Facebook group for incoming students

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