Start on Track – Online

Preparing to come to Dalhousie

Start On Track - Online
 is a program for new Dalhousie students and a great way for you to get a head start and prepare yourself for your first semester. By completing the modules within this course, you will: 

  • learn tips and tricks to be successful in your first year at Dal
  • identify on-campus resources that are available to you as a student 
  • navigate various university systems and processes (like Brightspace - did you know class information will be in there too?)
  • connect your values to Dal (integrity, fairness, excellence, and all that fun stuff)
  • reflect on why you're in university and consider steps around career exploration (trust us, you don't need to know the answers just yet) 

How to access the modules: 

  • Visit
  • Login using your NetID & password
  • Click "Online Community - Start on Track Orientation" under "MyCourses" 

Topics for you to explore

Module Open to
Preparing for your academics at Dal
New undergraduate students
How to manage your money in university
New undergraduate students
Taking care of your health All new students
Alcohol & substance use safety All new students
Creating a consent culture on campus All new students
Your new Dalhousie communities 
New undergraduate students
Using the Dalhousie libraries
New undergraduate students
About academic integrity All new students

If you are a student in residence

As a student in residence, you will also be expected to complete the "Before you arrive" section for residence students in DalOnline. This is where you will learn details about moving in, what to bring, rules and policies in residence, and more. This is also where you're complete your Personal Information Release Form, set up your DalCard PIN, and sign up for Early Baggage drop off. 

If you will be requesting academic accommodations at Dal

Students who will be requesting academic accommodations are invited to complete a module on accessibility services including types of accommodations and how to request them in the Start on Track – Online course space. Contact the Student Accessibility Centre for more informatoin. 


If you complete all modules

If you complete all 8 modules, you will be entered in a draw to win tuition prizes that will be applied to your student account. You will also receive your first co-curricular record accreditation (a document that records your extracurricular and volunteer activities). 

> 2019-20 prizes to be accouned in June 2018


With special thanks to Dalhousie's Centre for Learning & Teaching