Dalhousie University: Narrative Description

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Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Tel: (902)494-2211
Admissions: (902)494-2148
Fax: (902)494-1630
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.dal.ca/


Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1818. Setting: 80-acre urban campus. Endowment: $230.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $31.9 million. Total enrollment: 15,528. Faculty: 1,516. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 7,663 applied, 85% were admitted. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 84 other countries, 21% 25 or older, 14% live on campus. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study at Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation, interview, minimum 1100 comprehensive score on SAT I for U.S. applicants. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 3/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Comprehensive fee: $13,545 includes full-time tuition ($6133) and college room and board ($7412). Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $10,633 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: International Students Association, Arts Society, Science Society, Commerce Society, Dalhousie Outdoors Club. Major annual events: Frosh Week, Winter Carnival, Charity Ball. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,676 college housing spaces available. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. The Killam Memorial Library plus 4 others with 1.7 million books, 421,897 microform titles, 8,306 serials, 6,001 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.6 million. 710 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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