Facts, Figures and Rankings

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One of Canada's top-ranked universities 

Dalhousie is a lot more than numbers—but this data, including our rankings, helps demonstrate how our teaching, research, and student experience stacks up against the best universities across Canada and the world.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Overall (in Canada) Top 15
Overall (internationally) 251-300
Impact Rankings (in Canada) Top 22
Impact Rankings (internationally) Top 200
Law (internationally) Top 200
Life sciences and health disciplines (internationally) Top 300


QS World University Rankings

Overall (in Canada) 12th
Overall (internationally) 308
Earth and marine sciences, geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering (internationally) Top 150
Life sciences and medicine (internationally) Top 200


ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities

Overall (in Canada) 13-17
Overall (internationally) Top 400
Oceanography (internationally) 32nd
Atmospheric science (internationally) Top 100
Environmental science & engineering, dentistry & oral sciences, and political sciences (internationally) Top 150


Maclean's University Rankings

Best medical doctoral universities in Canada 8 out of 15
Best overall (in Canada) 13 out of 49
Highest quality (in Canada) 10 out of 49
Most innovative (in Canada) 14 out of 49


About our students

Students enrolled at Dalhousie University over 20,000
    From out of province 62%
    International students 24%
Average entering grade of first-year students 87.6%
Number of first-year students receiving entrance awards 1,400
Number of Rhodes Scholars   93
Number of countries represented   Over 115


About our faculty

Number of professors in 1863 6
Number of professors in 2021 1,118
Percentage of faculty with a PhD or doctorate 92%
Student:faculty ratio 18:1


About our research

Number of Canada Research Chairs   56
Number of kilometres that Dalhousie-developed ‘lidar’ technology traveled through space to reach Mars 184 million (approximately) 
Number of continents whose oceans are being monitored by Dalhousie's groundbreaking Ocean Tracking Network project All 7 of them
Dollars awarded annually in external research grants and awards
$194 million

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More about Dalhousie

Number of Faculties   13
Degree programs available 200+
Number of alumni 150,000+
Students taking part in work-integrated learning
nearly 90%
Exchange programs for students Over 90 (in more than 43 countries)
Student clubs & societies 400+
Student housing spaces 2,660 in a variety of residences
Year of founding 1818
British pounds given by George Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie, to establish the university £7,000
Estimated current value of Ramsay's gift
$960,873 (Canadian dollars)