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Orientation

Orientations available to your student (and you!) 


On the Halifax campus

If you're planning to be in Halifax with your student in the fall, Dal offers a one-day orientation session (on Friday, August 31) for new students and their families and friends to help them Start on Track in their first year at Dal. Your student can indicate that you will be attending with them on their registration form. 

If your student lives in residence we encourage you to also attend the Residence Family & Friends session, which will take place in residence on move-in day (Saturday, September 1). Sessions will take place at the following times and locations: 

Student Residence Session Location Time
Howe Hall or Mini-Res Howe Hall 11am
Shirreff Hall Shirreff Hall 11:30am
Risley Hall or LeMarchant Place Risley Hall 12pm
Gerard Hall Gerard Hall 12:30pm


On the Truro campus

On the Agricultural Campus in Truro, we invite parents to spend Saturday, September 1 with us. We will have an information session for all families and friends, as well as specific information sessions for family & friends with students living in our residences. 

In addition to the information sessions, we encourage you to join us for lunch in Jenkins Hall and our Induction Ceremony. This ceremony formally welcomes new students into our community. Following induction, there will be a chance to say goodbye to your student as they continue their student orientation. 

Information for new students and orientation details will be available on dal.ca/acnewstudents

Orientations for your student

All new Dalhousie students are encouraged to complete our Start on Track - Online program—an online, module-based course that is available throughout the summer. 

In September, your student will be invited to attend a number of in-person orientation and welcome sessions hosted by the Dalhousie Student Union, Dalhousie Agricultural Student Association, Student Affairs, the International Centre, Indigenous Student Centre, Black Student Advising Centre, and Student Accessibility Centre, all of which are aimed at helping ensure their first year at Dalhousie is successful. Our orientation page has all of the details.