Carleton University

Carleton University | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1942

Carleton University students in class

(Courtesy of Carleton University)

Carleton University takes advantage of its location in the nation’s capital. Computer science students participate in paid co-op placements at leading technology companies in the city, such as Shopify, and many students work as political aides and pages on Parliament Hill.

“Carleton is a dynamic, collaborative, transformative experience,” says president Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “Each and every member of our community can find and develop their unique talents and, working with others, become catalysts for positive change in our world.” 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 boasts one of the largest engineering faculties in the country and continues to expand its cognitive science program. Many of Carleton’s programs focus on wellness and sustainability.

The university is updating its infrastructure. The Nicol Building, a new collaborative learning environment, will become the new home of the Sprott School of Business this fall. The Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE)—which focuses on applied research in clean technology, health technology and communications technology—and the Health Sciences Building provide state-of-the-art facilities. The Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre offers a space for music, lectures and public events.

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Standout Programs
Health Sciences: This career-focused program provides a broad foundation and is organized around five concentrations: biomedical sciences, environment and health, global health, health throughout the lifespan, and disability and chronic illness.
Global and International Studies: This program offers core courses and 18 areas of specialization. Students must learn a second language and take part in an international experience such as studying abroad.
Commerce: Students may choose from eight concentrations, developing business skills and professional contacts. Commerce offers co-ops, chances to study abroad and international business case competitions.

Cool Courses
Global Environmental Justice: Through the lens of global social justice, students debate issues such as corporate mining, food sovereignty and climate change.
The Video Game: Students look at gaming as a social and cultural practice. They examine the history, game forms, the industry and theories of play.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 80% · Engineering: 80-86%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,788 · Part-time: 5,582
Graduates: Full-time: 3,607 · Part-time: 545
International Students: First-year: 12.5% · Graduate: 27%
Male-Female Ratio: 49 to 51
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,257 (3,610 last year with 2,730 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,137 to $12,602 · Apartment-style: $8,479

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