Connecting new students to the university community

What is Together@Dal?

Together@Dal is a program for new students and a great way for you to meet other students and become connected to the university community throughout the summer and into your first semester. (If you're a graduate student, be sure to check out our Grad Edition.)

Online registration is now open

Together@Dal is FREE to all new students! (Graduate students: register here.)

By registering for Together@Dal, you’ll be invited to enter a contest for a chance to win awesome prizes, including Tuition for a Year! See full contest rules [PDF - 67 kB]

Together@Dal will enable you to:

  • Connect you with other students in your area of study
  • Ask questions in a welcoming and respectful space
  • Learn about your first-year classes and meet some of your professors
  • Discover your strengths and how to apply them in university
  • Get involved in clubs and activities on campus
  • Gain helpful tips on learning and study strategies
  • Learn about supports and resources that you need to be academically successful
  • Hear from upper year students who will share their experiences, lead you through fun and engaging activities, and act as mentors

Each week, our peer mentors will host a live, interactive session covering a range of topics from preparing for online classes to how to get involved in student life. We’ll also feature special guests, show-and-tell sessions, and icebreaker activities. (And since we’re remote, your pets are welcome, too!)

Example sessions:

  • Learning about your first-year classes
  • Goal setting and time management
  • Understanding how to use academic tools such as Brightspace
  • Motivation, grit and resiliency
  • Understanding your strengths
  • Academic supports and services

Online registration is now open

Together@Dal is FREE to all new students!

Frequently asked questions

What is the time commitment of the program?

You will meet once a week as a small group with your mentor for less than an hour. These sessions will be activity and discussion-based sessions, not lectures or presentations. Additional interactive sessions with guests will be presented live, and will be recorded for later viewing in case you are unable to attend at the specified time.  Mentors will also be available for weekly office hours.

What if I am unable to attend a session?

Sessions featuring special guests will be recorded for later viewing and you can also connect with your upper-year mentor during weekly office hours.

Will I receive academic credit for participating?

Together@Dal is not an academic program, so it will not appear on your transcript and you will not receive a grade for it. However, you can request to have it on your Co-curricular Record (CCR).

What are the benefits of participating?

  • You’ll be able to take StrengthsQuest and the Learning and Studies Strategies Inventory (LASSI), for free! StrengthsQuest will help you to understand your strengths and how to use these in an academic environment. The LASSI is a tool to help you better understand your learning and study strategies. In addition to this, students who complete the program will be entered to win tuition prizes!
  • Start to create your academic community
  • Gain real-life insight from peers, faculty and staff
  • Have the support of your peers, senior students, and staff through your transition into university
  • Form connections with each other and with a senior peer who has been through a similar transition
  • Specialized programming to address questions arising from students

More information

For more information, contact Kerrianne Ryan:

Graduate Students

Sign up for the Together@Dal: Grad Edition to join your peers in virtual video #gradchat sessions led by mentors who will help equip you to start your degree online and connect you to the university community.

Peer Mentors

Thank you for your interest in welcoming new students to Dalhousie. Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for future opportunities!