COVID‑19 Information and Updates


Admissions information for fall 2021

We recognize that students and their supporters continue to navigate ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalhousie remains committed to supporting you. It is vital that you are able to pursue your studies and progress toward your goals while ensuring your continued health and well-being.

Campus Your safety is our guiding principle for everything we do. Every decision is made in line with prevailing public health advice and restrictions, and with the leadership of our academic and operational teams.
Computer Access and equity are at the heart of our decisions. Dalhousie has invested $1 million in technology development, additional online instruction training and increased online supports for students. We’ve increased financial aid and bursary funding, adding an additional $3 million for domestic and international students who need financial support.
Graduation camp Promoting academic excellence for over 200 years. Dalhousie is focused on academic excellence and we're committed to the continuous development of all 200+ of our programs. Your courses will continue to be delivered by our award-winning professors and instructors with the same commitment to world-class academic quality you expect from Dalhousie.


Frequently asked questions


Undergraduate applicants

When does the application for September 2021 open?

The application for students interested in applying to start their studies at Dalhousie for September 2021 opens for early admission on October 15, 2020.

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.

How do I submit my transcripts for my September 2021 application?

For students starting in September 20201, 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.

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 September 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ADT