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Dalhousie, Dal, The university

Referencing the institution – formally and casually


Dalhousie University is the proper full name of the institution. Both Dalhousie and Dal may be used as shorter forms (both capitalized), with the latter reserved for more casual writing.

  • Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Do not capitalize the word university when it is not part of the school’s proper full name, even if it refers to Dalhousie.

  • The university, founded in 1818, is often known casually as Dal.