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.

Next steps

Pay your admission deposit

The admission deposit is your commitment to joining the Dalhousie student body and guarantees your spot in your program. While non-refundable, your deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees when you register. Space is limited in some programs, so we encourage you to pay as early as possible.

Your deposit can be paid via DalOnline. If you encounter difficulty, please contact 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:

Fall/September

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).

Winter/January

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

Summer/May

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.

Request assessment of transfer credits (transfer students)

If you have studied at a university or college recognized by Dalhousie, you may receive credit for course work already completed. For full details on completing the process visit the Transfer Credits website

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.
  • 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.

Apply for a study permit (international students)

International students must apply for a Study Permit, and possibly a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter and study in Canada. The Dalhousie International Centre's Visas & Permits section outlines the steps on how to apply.

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

Accept your scholarship offer (if applicable)

If you have received a scholarship offer, please advise us of your decision by logging on to Dal Online and selecting Student Awards and Financial Aid in the main menu and then View My Student Aid. We look forward to receiving your acceptance of our offer by May 15.

Questions about your award?

Visit the Award Guide at dal.ca/awardguide. This link provides details about the terms and conditions of your award, and information about future funding opportunities. Please review the Guide before accepting your offer. 

Awards Office

Still have questions? Our Admissions and Awards staff will be pleased to assist you. 

Call: 1.902.494.1432

Toll Free: 1.866.729.4400

awards@dal.ca  

Decide where to live

Residence

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. 

Students can choose from a variety of different styles of residence – all are conveniently located and offer meal plans. Watch our residence tour videos and learn more dal.ca/residence.

In the fall, Dalhousie offers guaranteed residence to all new undergraduate students who have completed the residence application andd paid the housing deposit. 

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.

NOTE: If you are coming to Dalhousie on exchange for the fall term only (September–December), unfortunately there is no space available in residence during this period - see off-campus housing options. Students who come to Dalhousie for the winter term only (January–April) or for a full academic year (September–April) may inquire with the Residence office directly about availability.

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. View listings on Dalhousie's Off-Campus Living website, which can also help with your search and provide tips to prepare you for off-campus living.

Students with Families

Students with families may wish to live in Peter Green Hall, a family housing cooperative in Halifax. For more information, visit petergreenhall.dal.ca

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.

Follow these seven steps to select and register: 

Need help or advice? Undergraduate students can contact an advisor in their faculty and graduate students  Contact one of our Student Success Advisors.



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

Truro Students
Phone:
(local) 902-893-6729 or 902-893-7915
E-mail: fyedalac@dal.ca
Facebook group for incoming students

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

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