Open House: Frequently Asked Questions
We can't wait to welcome you to campus this weekend!
Below, you'll find some helpful frequently asked questions to help plan your day.
Do I need to register to attend Open House?
Yes, registration is necessary to attend Open House. Students can register through our online registration form here.
Same-day registration will be available on event day. We do recommend registering in advance to take advantage of the most available programming, and to prevent delay upon check-in!
Is Open House a virtual or in-person event?
Both! Our on-campus event will be taking place on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ADT. There will also be a virtual Open House on Saturday, December 2nd from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AST.
Registration for both events is available at dal.ca/openhouse
What if I cannot attend Open House?
If you are unable to attend our in-person or virtual Open House, you can still experience campus by attending a guided or self-guided campus tour to gain a better understanding of student life. Book a campus tour here!
Be sure to stay up to date with Dalhousie events by following us on social media.
Have a question? Connect with an advisor from your region!
I am a prospective graduate student. Can I attend Open House?
Our Open House event is designed primarily for prospective undergraduate students.
If you are considering transferring to one of our undergraduate programs, we look forward to welcoming you.
If you are considering Graduate Studies with us, this event will not meet your needs. You can find information on supports and programming for prospective graduate students from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Know Before You Go!
Where will Open House take place?
Open House activities will be taking place on our Studley, Carleton, and Sexton campuses between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Be sure to arrive to 1246 LeMarchant St for event check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. Guests beginning their day on the Sexton Campus (Engineering, Architecture, or Planning sessions) can check-in at 5257 Morris St.
Where can I find the full schedule of events?
At Open House, the day kicks off with a series of sessions on admissions, interactive demos, academics and more. These 45-minute sessions take place at 9am, 10am and 11am. Starting at noon, take part in a whole set of new opportunities to immerse yourself in life as a Dal student.
|8:00 a.m.||Attendee Check-In||LeMarchant Place (Studley Campus), Richard Murray Design Building (Sexton Campus)
|9:00 a.m.||Morning Session #1||Various locations (found in event guide)
|10:00 a.m.||Morning Session #2||Various locations (found in event guide)
|11:00 a.m.||Morning Session #3||Various locations (found in event guide)
|12:00 p.m.||Program Fairs & Exhbits
||Various locations (found in event guide)|
|Campus Tours||Departing from Killam Library & Student Union Building
|Dalplex Tours||Departing from Dalplex Lobby|
|Residence Visits||Departing from Risley Hall Lobby
|Admissions Advising Lounge||Student Union Bulding, level 2
|12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.||Ask Us! Advisor & Student Panel
||Rowe Building, Potter Auditorium
|12:30 p.m.||Zumba on the Quad||Studley Gym|
|1:00 p.m.||Bursaries, Scholarships or Loans - Making Sure It All Adds Up||Rowe Building, Potter Auditorium|
|1:30 p.m.||Speed Friending Social
||Rowe Building, Room 1020|
Find a full version of the event guide here. You'll also receive a physical copy upon check-in.
Will there be transportation available between the campuses?
There will be a shuttle bus on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. running between Studley Campus and Sexton Campus. The bus will run every 15 minutes minutes.
As well, the walking time between Studley to Carleton campus is 10 minutes, and 20 minutes between Studley and Sexton.
Guests who are beginning their programming on the Sexton Campus are encouraged to arrive for check-in at the Richard Murray Design Building to avoid delay.
Will there be food available on campus?
We will have complimentary grab and go lunch options available at Subway (located in the Killam Library) and Mezza (located in the Student Union Building) beginning at 12:00 p.m. while supplies last.
Located in the Quad, we will also have food trucks on site offering complimentary beverages and desserts while supplies last.
A little further from campus, you'll find lots of great restaurants in the Argyle District and on the Halifax waterfront.
Be sure to stop by the information booths in various buildings for quick on-the-go snack options!
Can I bring a parent or friend with me? Will there be activities for guests?
Students are welcome to bring up to two guests with them to Open House. The more the merrier!
Many of our sessions will have priority seating for prospective students. Parents and supporters will be welcome to join us in the following morning sessions:
- Admissions 101 (9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.)
- Bursaries, Scholarships or Loans - Making Sure It All Adds Up (10:00 a.m.)
- Supporting your Student (9:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.)
Is parking available?
Free parking will be available on campus in marked parking lots. In Halifax, our surrounding streets also offer additional parking, and we are conveniently located off of bus routes 1, 10, and 14.
Will Wi-Fi be provided?
Yes! All guests will receive login credentials to access the network anywhere on campus.
Where can I go on event day if I have questions?
Be sure to find event staff and volunteers in yellow Dalhousie sweatshirts, who can help with any questions or concerns you have on event day!
Information booths as well as a homebase tent will be spread across campus.
What steps do I need to complete to qualify for priority admissions processing?
Students who attend the Halifax Open House on November 4, 2023 and apply for direct-entry undergraduate admission to a Halifax-based program by Monday, November 6, 2023 will receive priority processing from our admissions team.
Applications received from Canadian and US high school students, as well as transfer applicants and international students (who have completed high school) will be given priority in the review process.
Steps required to receive early admission:
- Complete your online application for admission* (available starting October 15, 2023).
- Send official transcripts** (high school graduates and transfer applicants only)
- Pay your application fee.
Applications will not be assessed on event day. Please refrain from bringing any transcripts or documents with you to the event.
For more information regarding priority admissions, please visit our main event page here. If you have questions about completing your undergraduate application to study at Dalhousie or wish to chat with an advisor, visit the Admissions Advising Lounge on event day.
Please note, priority processing is not available for Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Science (Nursing) applicants.
Does Dalhousie offer application fee waivers for Open House attendees?
We unfortunately do not offer application fee waivers for Open House attendees in order to ensure fairness for all applicants.
Open House attendees can instead take advantange of priority admissions processing, and a fast-tracked admissions decision.
Does Dalhousie offer on-the-spot admissions at Open House?
We unfortunately do not offer on-the-spot admissions on event day. However, we do offer priority admissions for applicants who attend Open House. For more information regarding priority admissions, please visit our main event page here.
Have a question that's not answered above? Reach out to us!
Halifax & Virtual Open House Coordinator