Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University | Sydney, N.S. | Founded 1974


Cape Breton University students

Cape Breton University is dedicated to supporting the communities of Cape Breton and the region’s emerging industries with a focus on local involvement and entrepreneurship. The university has a strong relationship with the island’s Aboriginal communities and was the first in Canada to offer a Mi’kmaq studies program. Currently, CBU is strengthening its online course options and offering a select number of courses for credit, certificate or curiosity. “Cape Breton University is committed to supporting our domestic and international students and further innovating to bring our unique and new programs to the world through digital and online offerings, but also through international delivery options,” says Dale Keefe, interim president. CBU has taken on the challenge of supplying the oil and gas industry of Atlantic Canada with skilled workers, creating programs in petroleum technology and petroleum engineering that attract students from as far away as Kuwait. The university’s art gallery is a must-see, with more than 2,000 pieces, including works by the Group of Seven and Picasso. Full-time students have access to the fitness centre at the Cape Breton Health Recreation complex. And with more than 70 student societies, finding the right fit at CBU is never a problem.

READ: What it’s like to attend Cape Breton, by a student

Standout Programs

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment: This interdisciplinary program explores current environmental issues, drawing on faculty in business, geology, Mi’kmaq studies and biology; includes an Indigenous perspective.

Community Studies in Applied Theatre Gain skills to produce theatre in non-traditional places, such as museums, heritage sites, professional and governmental organizations, schools and other community venues; develops artistic entrepreneurs.

Sport and Physical Activity Leadership: Through community-focused, problem-based learning, students gain skills in healthy lifestyles, physical literacy, leadership and management.

Cool Courses

The Meaning of Life Breaks down barriers between academic and popular genres of writing, and bridges different perspectives (philosophical, psychological, and religious, etc.) on what constitutes a meaningful life.

Positive Psychology While much of psychology is focused on disorders and problems in development, positive psychology is designed to explore the concepts and exercises that enhance well-being.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 65% Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$6,466 ($7,749 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 30.1
3rd & 4th year: 21.6
Undergraduates: 2,685
Graduates: 238
570 (200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 55.7%
Retention: 82.7%

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