COVID‑19 Information and Updates

Admissions information for fall 2021

We are excited to safely welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus this September. We are proud of Nova Scotia’s strong commitment to public health and safety throughout this pandemic and we are confident in our plans for the fall. It is vital that you are able to pursue your studies and progress toward your goals while ensuring your continued health and well-being.

Our top priorities this September include your education and academic experience, your student life experience, and everyone’s shared health and safety. Please visit Our Plan For Fall 2021 page for more details on our approach. We remain committed to supporting you.

Frequently asked questions


Undergraduate applicants

How can I pay my application fee?

We are currently accepting online application fee payments only. We will be unable to receive in-person payments until further notice.

When does the application open for January 2022?

The application for January 2022 is open. Bachelors of Arts, Science, Computer Science, Engineering and select Agriculture programs have January intake. All other undergraduate programs begin in September.

When does the application open for September 2022?

The application for September 2022 will open on October 15, 2021.

How do I submit my transcripts?

For students starting in winter 2022 and beyond, we are requiring official copies of transcripts, test scores and other supporting documentation. Official documents are those that come directly from your school, testing agency or issuing institution. Learn more about submitting official documents.

We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in disruptions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the admissions team for the most up-to-date information.

Can I submit my transcripts via mail or courier?

Yes, Dalhousie is able to accept transcripts via mail. 

Canadian and US applicants can submit transcripts to admissions@dal.ca and international applicants can submit transcripts to international.admissions@dal.ca.

IB exams for May/November 2021 were cancelled at my school, will this impact my application to Dalhousie?

IB applicants whose schools do not hold exams in May or November 2021 will be assessed using the course grades established in place of their exam results. Applications will not be affected.

IGCSE / CBSE exams for Spring 2021 were cancelled at my school, will this impact my application to Dalhousie?

IGCSE applicants whose schools do not hold exams in Spring 2021 will be assessed using the course grades established in place of their exam results. Applications will not be affected.  

CBSE Class 12 exams were cancelled for Summer 2021.

I am an applicant studying a US based curriculum, do I have to submit SAT or ACT test scores?

Dalhousie is currently a test-optional institution for US applicants. Students are welcome to submit test scores, but those who were unable to sit for the SAT or ACT due to COVID-19 will be assessed solely on their course grades.

The only exception is for home-schooled applicants. If SAT remains unavailable, we will reassess and offer options. 

Am I able to visit the campus for a Campus Tour?

We are currently not offering in-person tours to maintain the health and safety of our campus community and visitors. There are a number of virtual options available so you can still experience a visit to campus. Visit dal.ca/campustours to learn more.

How do I set up a virtual one-on-one appointment with an advisor?

Our advisors are currently offering virtual appointments to answer any questions you may have. To set up an appointment, visit dal.ca/connect and find the advisor supporting students from your area.

Once you’ve found your advisor, simply send them an email requesting an appointment. If you have a Dalhousie ID (B00 number) please include it in any communications, as it allows us to help you faster.


Graduate Studies applicants

Where can I find information for prospective graduate students?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has an FAQ for prospective Graduate Students or you can contact Graduate Studies directly for more information by emailing  graduate.studies@dal.ca.


International applicants

Is Dalhousie accepting results from online English language proficiency test options?

Yes, for students applying to start their studies at Dalhousie in September 2021, we are accepting the following online proficiency tests: 

These tests are taken using a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing samples which are shared with the university. 

Dalhousie is also offering English for academic purposes online to help you meet the English language requirements for undergraduate admission. Learn more about Dalhousie's EAP offerings

For updated information and minimum test scores visit English language requirements.


Still have questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns about your application to Dalhousie, please contact a member of our admissions team.

Last updated Sept 17, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ADT