Carleton University

Carleton University | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1942


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Founded in 1942 as a part-time institution for the men and women who supported Canada’s war effort, Carleton University is closely tied to the needs of the capital. Computer science students participate in paid co-op placements at leading technology companies in the city. Many Carleton students work as political aides and pages on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. “Carleton’s stimulating interdisciplinary programs create graduates uniquely qualified for brilliant jobs in the knowledge economy—satisfying jobs that help solve the problems of the future in a changing world,” says president Roseann O’Reilly Runte. Carleton was the first university in Canada to establish a graduate degree in public administration and it is also home to the country’s oldest four-year journalism program. It continues to expand offerings, with a cognitive science program, a bachelor of health science and an undergraduate degree in global and international studies. The university is also updating its infrastructure. An interactive learning space and more than 1,000 seats have been added to the library, and the River Building is now home to the schools of journalism and communication, public policy and administration, and international affairs.

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Standout Programs
Aerospace Engineering: This degree program covers major areas including aerodynamics, aerospace electronics and systems, aerospace structures and space systems design.
Global and International Studies: This new program includes 13 possible specializations, a language requirement and an international experience requirement.
Health Sciences: This interdisciplinary bachelor program is focused on the quickly changing health care and health science industries. It is organized around five concentrations: biomedical sciences, environment and health, disability and chronic illness, global health and health throughout the lifespan.

Cool Courses
Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Offering an overview of the relationship between psychology and the legal system, this course covers topics including risk assessment, offender profiling, expert testimony, and mental illness and the courts.
Pandemics and Infectious Disease: This health sciences course examines disease processes involving viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and infectious agents, including the effects these agents have on individuals, how they spread and how to limit their spread.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 76% to 86%
Arts: 78%
Science: 78% to 80%
Commerce: 80%
$6,800 1st & 2nd year: 91.2
3rd & 4th year: 39.0
Full-time: 19,907
Part-time: 3,075
3,621 (2,800 reserved for first years) Graduation: 69.8%
Retention: 87.4%

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