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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. The library has been completely updated, and current renovations include steps to reduce energy consumption on campus, as well as the creation of the Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) to focus on applied research in clean technology, health technology and information and communication technology.

READ: What it’s like attending school in Canada’s capital

Standout Programs

Public Affairs and Policy Management: Explores how government policy affects our lives. Courses include topics related to law, history, business and political science.

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering: Examines sustainable energy development, including solar, wind and geothermal power. Students gain skills in designing, building, operating and enhancing sustainable energy systems.

Health Sciences: This bachelor program focuses 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

Spacecraft Design: Learn how spacecraft systems are built by studying current mission requirements and recently used design methods.

Mobile Media: Examine how technologies such as wireless connectivity and geocoding have evolved in recent history and how they affect our culture and everyday lives.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 76% to 86%
Arts: 78%
Science: 78% to 80%
Commerce: 80%
$7,029 1st & 2nd year: 92.3
3rd & 4th year: 39.2
Undergraduates: 23,381
Graduates: 3,892
3,616 (2,800 reserved for first years) Graduation: 68.8%
Retention: 88.1%

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