Dalhousie University

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What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Friendly, relaxed, historic setting
  2. Wide variety of programs foster multi-disciplinary degrees
  3. Most programs offer co-op work terms
  4. Large classes in lower years
  5. Known for faculty research, especially in medicine and marine sciences

Courses With Kudos

Law; Health (medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology); Science (oceanography, marine biology); Engineering; Theatre

Student Sound Offs

"We were always taught by people doing research in the field so they had the latest knowledge. The professors were always available and encouraged you to utilize them as a resource."

"Dal is like the little guy in the realm of big universities in the country, a little underappreciated, but I know I'm getting just as good an education as McGill or anywhere else."

"I love that Dalhousie is small enough to feel like a community within Halifax. The campus is very green so I don't feel like I'm in the middle of an urban jungle like Toronto or Montreal. The quad on the main campus is really nice ... if you want to sit outside and study or throw a football or Frisbee around."

"No school spirit. Half the students are rich Toronto punks who just come here to drink and study arts or commerce."

"The availability of athletic facilities and equipment is amazing. The Dalplex (sports complex) has long hours of operation and new facilities that are top-notch."

"There are some amazing professors here who, if they wanted to, could be teaching at larger institutions for more money, but choose Dal because it's a great school and Halifax is this charming bohemian gem on the East Coast."

"Since Dalhousie is a large university, there are lots of opportunities available for summer research jobs."

"The highest tuition for one of the lowest ranked undergraduate programs in Canada. Wish I'd known that before I came here."

"I like that its small enough that you can see lots of people you know, but big enough that you can see new people every day. I like the old buildings and the open spaces, I like the history of the area."

"It provides so many 'non-academic' opportunities to students -- a wide variety of clubs, and tons of opportunities to study abroad."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: Dalhousie University
Institution size classification: Medium   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B+

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A- B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B+ B+
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A- A-

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process C+ B
Number of Courses to Choose From B+ B

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus B B
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B+ B+
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A- A

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B+ B+
Average # of Students in First Year Class 229 218
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 6% 8%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 32% 36%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 61% 57%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 26% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 60% 58%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 14% 15%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B- B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B+ B+
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B B+

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B B
Student Residences B B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B+ B+
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B- B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B+ B+
Study Spaces in the Library B B
Library Hours of Operation A- B+

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B+ B+
Reputation of the University Among Employers A- A-
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B B
Career and Employment Services B- B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located A- B+
Quality of Public Transportation B- B-
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B B
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops A- B+
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing C+ B-

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 69% 73%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B B+
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students B+ B+