High School Applicants

 

General admission requirements

You can apply to many Dalhousie programs directly from high school. The general admission requirements for degree programs are:

  1. Completion of secondary school (i.e. Grade 12) with a minimum overall average of 70% in five academic Grade 12 courses
  2. A final grade of at least 70% in Grade 12 English and any other required subject (see General Admission Requirements by Program table below)

Subjects required for admission to various programs are listed below, as well as the minimum required Grade 12 averages. Admission to many programs at Dalhousie is competitive; meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission. Normally, 70% or higher is necessary in all required subjects for early admission.

General admission requirements by program

Degree Program English Math Science Additional Academic Subjects Minimum Overall Average
Applied Computer Science 1 1*   3 70%
Arts
1     4 70%
Community Design 1 1* 1 Science 2 75%
Commerce 1 1*   3 75%
Computer Science 1 1**   3 70%
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound 1 1* Physics and Biology 1 75%
Engineering 1 1** Chemistry and Physics 1 70%
Health Promotion 1   Biology or Chemistry 3 70%
Kinesiology 1 1*   3 75%
Management 1 1*   3 70%
Medical Sciences1 1 1**   3 80%
Music2 1     4 70%
Nuclear Medicine Technology 1 1* Physics and Chemistry 1 75%
Nursing3 1 1* Biology and Chemistry 1 75%
Radiological Technology 1 1* Physics and one of Biology or Chemistry 1 75%
Recreation Management 1 1*   3 70%
Recreation (Therapeutic) 1     4

70%
Respiratory Therapy 1 1* Chemistry and one of Biology or Physics 1 75%
Science1 1 1**   3 75%
Agriculture Programs offered on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro
Agriculture & Pre Vet Studies4 1 1**   3 75%
Bioveterinary Science4
1 1**   3 75%

Diploma in Business Management5 1 Math 11*

Biology 11 or Chemistry 11 or Agriculture 11 and Science 10
4 60%
Diploma in Engineering4 1 1** Chemistry and Physics 1 70%
Diploma in Managed Landscapes
1 1* Biology 12 and Chemistry 11
1 60%
Diploma in Plant Science Technology
1 Math 11*

Chemistry 11 and Biology 10 or Science 10
4 60%
Diploma in Veterinary Technology 1 1* Biology and Chemistry

1

60%
International Food Business
1 1*   3

75%
Landscape Architecture 1 1* Biology 11 3 70%

*Required Academic Math
**Required Pre-Calculus Math
(See Canadian High School Applicants section for English and Math courses that fulfill the admission requirements by province.)

Students who wish to complete their first year in the Integrated Science Program must apply to the Bachelor of Science or Medical Sciences program and select the Integrated Science option on the application form. In addition to meeting the English and Math requirements for BSc, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics and one additional university preparatory course.

Students applying to Music are also required to demonstrate proficiency as instrumental or vocal performers in an audition/interview, and knowledge of the basic rudiments of music theory (equivalent to grade II theory, Royal Conservatory of Music) and aural dictation through written diagnostic tests.

New admission requirement for September 2018. All Nursing applicants will be required to complete the CASPer test to be considered for admission.

Students applying to the Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Bioveterinary Science and Diploma in Engineering programs in the Faculty of Agriculture who are otherwise qualified but who do not have the appropriate pre-calculus math class may be admitted with the requirement that they take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in their first year prior to registering in the degree level class.  

5Students applying to the Equine Specialty are required to have experience for admission. A competency form must be submitted with their application.

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GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You’ll need to meet the general admission requirements as well as the program specific admission requirements before you can apply. If you don’t currently meet these requirements, you may be eligible for one of our upgrading or pathway programs.

Minimum admission requirements

  1. Completion of secondary school (Grade 12)
  2. A minimum overall average of 70% in five academic Grade 12 courses
  3. A final grade of at least 70% in Grade 12 English and any other required subject (see table below)

Please note: Admission to many programs at Dalhousie is competitive; meeting the minimum average doesn’t guarantee admission. Typically, 70% or higher is necessary in all required subjects for early admission.

Admission requirements by program

Applied Computer Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type.

Arts

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

If you're applying to the Fountain School of Performing Arts as a Theatre major, please fill out the supplemental application form.

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Community Design

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: 1 academic Science
  • Additional academic subjects: 2

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Commerce

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Computer Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Physics and Biology
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program requires completing supplementary documents

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Engineering

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus
  • Science: academic Chemistry and Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Health Promotion

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Science: academic Biology or Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Kinesiology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Medical Sciences

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 80%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Integrated Science Program

Students applying Medical Science may apply to complete their first year in the Integrated Science Program. On your application, select the Integrated Science option. To be eligible, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics and one additional university preparatory course.

Music

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Demonstration requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency as instrumental or vocal performers in an audition/ interview
  • Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge of the basic rudiments of music theory (equivalent to grade II theory, Royal Conservatory of Music) and aural dictation through written diagnostic tests

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Physics and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Nuclear Medicine Technology program requires completing supplementary documents

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Nursing

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Biology and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1
  • Completion of the CASPer test

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Radiological Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Physics and one of Biology or Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Radiological Technology program requires completing supplementary documents

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Recreation Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Recreation (Therapeutic)

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Additional academic subjects: 4


To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Respiratory Therapy

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Chemistry and one of Biology or Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

Please note: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program requires completing supplementary documents

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Integrated Science Program

Students applying to Science may apply to complete their first year in the Integrated Science Program. On your application, select the Integrated Science option. To be eligible, students must also complete two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics and one additional university preparatory course.


Faculty of Agriculture admission requirements

Agriculture & Pre Vet Studies

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus*
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Bioveterinary Science

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus*
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Diploma in Business Management

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: academic Math 11
  • Science: academic Biology 11 or Chemistry 11, or Agriculture 11 and Science 10 
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Please note: You will be required to have experience for admission into the Equine Specialty. A competency form must be submitted with your application.

Diploma in Engineering

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Pre-calculus*
  • Science: academic Chemistry and Physics
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

*If you don't have the appropriate pre-calculus math class, but are otherwise qualified, you may be admitted with the stipulation that you take the relevant non-credit introductory studies class in first year prior to registering in the degree level class

Diploma in Managed Landscapes

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Biology 12 and Chemistry 11
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Diploma in Plant Science Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: academic Math 11
  • Science: academic Chemistry 11 and Biology 10 or Science 10
  • Additional academic subjects: 4

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 60%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Biology and Chemistry
  • Additional academic subjects: 1

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

International Food Business

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 75%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type. 

Landscape Architecture

Requirements

  • Minimum overall average: 70%
  • English: Grade 12 academic
  • Math: 1 academic Math
  • Science: academic Biology 11
  • Additional academic subjects: 3

To view which courses satisfy these requirements, visit Admission requirements and select your applicant type.