Indigenous Student Access Pathway


Our one-year program offers First Nations, Métis and Inuit students an opportunity to complete university courses in our culturally supportive and friendly campus community in Truro, Nova Scotia. It is open to direct-from-high-school students, mature students and those with previous post-secondary experience who have some but not all of the pre-requisites for standard admission.

About the program

ISAP participants will gain access to a pathway to admissions, allowing them to upgrade their academic standing to meet Dalhousie University's degree program admissions requirements. The ISAP program is designed to support Indigenous students academically and culturally while enrolling them in up to 6 university credit granting courses over the duration of the 1 year program.


To be eligible for the prgram, participants must:

  • identify as Indigenous (ie. one of the three Federally recognized indigenous groups: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit).
  • completed a high school diploma or equivalent
  • not meet the current Dalhousie minimum admissions requirements

How to apply

How to apply:

  • complete a Dalhousie Undergraduate Application and save before emailing to waive the application fee
  • have your high school transcript sent directly from the issuing school
  • complete Application and Resume Form (which includes a 250-500 word personal statement)
  • provide evidence of your Indigenous connection by way of a "Status card" or a letter of support directly from the Indigenous community you identify with
  • Have two reference letters sent from different individuals using the ISAP Reference Form

Have these items sent directly to with “ISAP-Your Name” as the subject.

Help us get the word out

Download the printable ISAP poster and post it in your community