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. Three years ago, the federal government gave CBU $5 million to expand the work of the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. “The Chair focuses on promoting interest among Canada’s Indigenous peoples in the study of business at the post-secondary level and features a unique peer-to-peer mentorship program for Aboriginal youth interested in attending college or university,” says president David Wheeler. 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.

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

Standout Programs
Engineering Technology: Available in four distinct disciplines—electronics and controls, environmental studies, manufacturing, and petroleum—this program combines theoretical principles with technical courses and practical experience.
• Community Studies in Music: This B.A. program focuses on traditional and tradition-based popular music. Designed for students who have a passion for music and want to work in the global music industry, it includes two work placements to give students hands-on experience.
Health Sciences (Public Health): Focuses on the environmental public health dimension, including community health and occupational health and safety.

Cool Courses
• Paranormalism and Pseudoscience: The nature and sources of paranormal beliefs in the contemporary setting are identified and deconstructed while developing the critical skills needed to examine pseudo-scientific claims.
• Roots Music and Acoustic Pop: Students explore music genres such as blues, gospel, folk revival and bluegrass. These are looked at as a way to reconstruct authenticity and maintain cultural values.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 65% Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$5,979 ($7,262 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 28.6
3rd & 4th year: 19.1
Full-time: 2,347
Part-time: 486
570 (200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 55%
Retention: 78%

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