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

Is it still possible to apply for programs starting in Fall 2021?

While the deadline to apply to a number of programs has passed, there may be capacity in others at this time. Please note that we are now waitlisting applications for the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and the Bachelor of Commerce. To inquire about other programs that may still have capacity, please contact admissions@dal.ca.

International applicants: Please note that we are still able to accept international applications after the April 1st deadline for some Dalhousie Undergraduate programs. This does not include the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and the Bachelor of Commerce or those programs with deadlines that are already passed (Nursing, Medical Science, Health Sciences and Veterinary Technology). To inquire about other programs that may still have capacity, please contact international.admissions@dal.ca.

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 my September 2021 application?

For students starting in September 2021, 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 now able to accept transcripts via mail. However, as our staff continues to work remotely, we will only be collecting mail once per week. It is highly encouraged that you have a school official email official copies of your transcripts to prevent any delays in processing your application.

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 2021 have been cancelled at my school, will this impact my application to Dalhousie?

IB applicants whose schools do not hold exams in May 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 have been 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 have been cancelled for Summer 2021. Students with existing Dalhousie offers for Fall 2021 will not be affected. Applicants who do not yet have a Dalhousie offer will be assessed using the course grades established in place of their exam results. For those who have not yet received an admission decision, please watch for updates on this page or contact us at international.admissions@dal.ca.

CAPE / CSEC exams have been delayed until June 28 to July 30, 2021, will this impact my application to Dalhousie?

Dalhousie will honour existing offers that have been made to students in this situation. For those who have not yet received an admission decision, with the planned release of exam results being planned for late September/early October (which is after the start of Dalhousie’s fall term) we recommend deferring your application to the next available start date (see www.dal.ca/defer)

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

Dalhousie will be 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. 

I was awarded a Pass/Fail or CR/ENR at the end of Grade 11, will this impact my application to Dalhousie?

High school applicants who were awarded Pass/Fail or CR / ENR at the end of Grade 11 will not be able to apply in the early admission period until they receive their first set of Grade 12/ senior year marks.

For more information, please contact a member of the admissions team.

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.


Transfer applicants

Can I submit unofficial transcripts for transfer credit assessment if I want to transfer to Dalhousie for September 2021?

For transfer applicants applying to transfer to Dalhousie for September 2021, we are requiring official transcripts and documentation. Official documents are those that come directly from your school, testing agency or issuing institution.

Visit dal.ca/transferapplicants for more information.


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 June 8, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ADT