New to Dal

Are you as excited as we are?!

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New Dalhousie undergrad students beginning in the Fall 2024 semester now have access to the New to Dal Brightspace course. This course includes a series of videos to help you learn about academic expectations, how to budget and manage your money, tips to take care of your health, info about your new communities, supports and services that you can access at Dalhousie, and so much more.

Those who complete the New To Dal Brightspace course will be entered for a chance to win one of two Apple Watches! To begin the videos and for more contest rules/info, visit the New to Dal Brightspace course.


New to Dal programming

New to Dal programming provides new students opportunities to connect with each other online and in-person throughout the summer and during your first year at Dal. Our goal is to make your transition to Dalhousie as successful and positive as possible.

New To Dal features a range of student-centred programming that supports students coming direct from high school, mature or transfer students, and students travelling from outside of Canada. Our programming and events will introduce you to important academic info, communities on campus, support services, and resources available on campus. We provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and accessible experience for all Dalhousie students and their Family & Friends. New to Dal programs are also focused on harm reduction and are substance-free.

For ongoing information about New to Dal programming, remember to check your Dalhousie email!

Programming includes:

New to Dal - In-Person Events (Halifax students)

New to Dal programming introduces new students to important academic info, communities on campus, social engagement opportunities, support services, and resources available on campus.

New to Dal offers specific sessions and events offered through the International CentreBlack Student Advising CentreIndigenous Student Centre, the Bissett Student Success Centre, and Able@Dal.

New to Dal - Agricultural Campus (Truro students)

New to Dal AC programming incorporates all the important information you need to make lasting connections with your fellow Aggies and be successful in your first year of university and beyond! Hosted by your Dalhousie Agricultural Student Association and the Student Success Centre team, events are open to all new students attending the Dalhousie campus in Truro. Programs will use interactive tools and activities to educate students on the essential support services that are available to help you succeed. Join us this fall to connect with your campus community and start building engaging and supportive relationships with fellow students, staff, and instructors.

Brightspace Course

The New to Dal Brightspace course includes videos that help new students prepare for university and provides tips and tools for success. Each section contains videos that cover a wide range of topics, including academic expectations, how to manage your money, taking care of your health, and more. 


Together@Dal is a mentorship program for new students that provides a great way for you to meet other students, develop a sense of academic belonging, and become connected to the university community before and during your first year. Registration is now open!

Together@Dal (Grad Edition)

Together@Dal: Grad Edition is for graduate students across the university's departments and campuses, and will help you prepare to start your degree. Learn about resources available to you and professional development programming built exclusively for you. 

Dalhousie Student Union - Orientation Week

Dalhousie Student Union's Orientation Week (also known as "O-Week") offers fun and interactive events for new students, including music, movies, games and much more!

If you have any questions about New to Dal, please contact us at