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You've been accepted. What's next?

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Congratulations, you've been accepted!

Welcome to Dalhousie University’s graduate studies community. We’re looking forward to having you join us. Before you start, there are a number of important things to take care of. The list below will get you on your way. 

Your next steps

1. Accept your offer

Your acceptance letter will indicate if an admission deposit is required. If required, payment of the deposit is how you will accept your offer of admission. While non-refundable, your $200 deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees when you register. Space is limited in some programs, so we encourage you to pay as early as possible. Once you have paid your deposit, wait two business days before moving on to step two below. 

If your offer letter did not state that a deposit is required, you can move forward with the next step.

2. Set up and check your Dal email account

Dalhousie sends official university information to your Dalhousie email account, so make sure to check it regularly. Follow these steps to set up your Dal email account:

  • Find your Dal ID number 
    Your Dal ID, sometimes called your Banner ID, begins with B00 and is found on your acceptance letter. You will need to locate this before you proceed. 
  • Activate your Net ID
    Your Net ID is your username that you’ll use to log in to Dalhousie’s online services. One to two days after your admissions deposit is received (if required), you can activate your Net ID using your Dal ID number. To activate your Net ID:
    • Go to MyDal and click 'New User?'
    • Click 'Activate my Net ID' and follow the instructions.
    • Register a password reset email.
  • Log in to MyDal
    Use your Net ID and password to access your Dalhousie email account by logging into MyDal.

3. Activate your Dal Online account.

You’ll also use your Net ID and password to access Dal Online. Here you can register for classes, check your grades and more. Log in and get familiar with the system.

4. Register for classes

Each graduate program at Dalhousie has a graduate coordinator and graduate secretary who are available to help you select your classes, plan your program and navigate the registration process. Use our programs page to find your program and contact information. 

Once you are ready to begin, go to Dal Online (login required) and select “Web for Students”. If your program requires you to pay by the term rather than by the course, you must register for “Registration Course – Graduate (REGN 9999)” in all three terms.

5. Visit the Graduate Student Information System (GSIS)

The Graduate Student Information System (GSIS), accessible via Dal Online (login required), will provide you with convenient online access to your program requirements and progress reports. During your first semester of study you will meet with your department to review your degree requirements.

6. Submit your final application documents

If you were accepted prior to finishing your previous degree, or you have received all your grades, but have not graduated, remember to send your final transcript to the Faculty of Graduate Studies within 90 days of beginning your Dalhousie graduate program. Find out more about submitting supporting documents.

7. Participate in the Together@Dal: Grad Edition orientation program

Each semester, the Faculty of Graduate Studies welcomes new students from locations locally, nationally and around the world. To bring us all together we’ve created the Together@Dal: Grad Edition (T@DGE) orientation program. During T@DGE, you’ll explore a series of online modules released weekly. We’ll introduce you to resources available to you at the university and equip you to start your degree. Learn more about T@DGE.

8. Download the Dal Mobile app

Download the Dal Mobile app for iOS or Android to connect with other students, discover useful services and resources on campus, and stay up to date with important information from the university.

9. Start exploring what professional development is offered

Dal GradPD is your go-to place to learn about professional development designed for your specific needs as a graduate student. Together with partners across the university and external providers, the Faculty of Graduate Studies assembles an ongoing schedule of free workshops and events aimed to help you prepare for your career, whether you’re pursuing a professional life in or outside of academia. Learn more about DalGradPD.

10. Learn more about life as a Dalhousie graduate student

Meet some of the members of Dalhousie's graduate studies community and learn about their research.

11. Get your DalCard

More than just a student ID, your DalCard is used around campus as a library card, gym pass, bus pass and debit card. You can upload your photo electronically on the DalCard website

12. Defer your start date to a future term (if desired)

You may choose to defer your acceptance up to 12 months from the original start date. You will need to receive permission from your department, which must be followed by approval from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once you have been officially accepted, please contact your department to request a deferral of your start date.