Cape Breton University is dedicated to supporting local communities and the region’s emerging industries, focusing on community involvement and entrepreneurship. The university has a strong relationship with the island’s Indigenous communities: the school was the ﬁrst in Canada to offer a Mi’kmaq studies program, and students can request their degree parchment in Mi’kmaq. CBU is strengthening its online course options and offering a select number of courses for credit, certificate or curiosity.
“Cape Breton University is an innovative and community-oriented university,” says president David Dingwall. “We strive to create graduates who are solution-oriented problem solvers. Our purpose is to support our students and shape successful graduates both domestically and globally.” CBU helps supply 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.
CBU has launched a campaign to create the Centre for Discovery and Innovation, which will house a collaborative research lab, a nursing simulation centre and a community innovation hub. CBU’s art gallery includes works by the Group of Seven and Picasso, and popular hangout the Pit Lounge is newly renovated. Full-time students have access to the fitness centre at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex, which includes indoor and outdoor soccer fields and an eight-lane synthetic track.
• Arts and Science in Environment: Students develop skills in both arts and science as they examine today’s urgent environmental challenges and learn to effectively advocate for sustainable practices. Indigenous perspectives are emphasized throughout.
• Health Sciences (Public Health): Students focus on environmental health, examining timely topics such as food safety, air quality and communicable disease control.
• Engineering Technology, Chemistry: The program combines theory with technical expertise and is relevant to other fields such as nanotechnology, medicine and dentistry, food sciences and environmental sciences.
• History Goes to the Movies: By examining the ways in which history is represented in film, students explore how historical narratives shape our shared memories.
• Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Explores disaster and emergency management and prevention planning by modelling solutions to real-world problems.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,946 ($9,229 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65% · Engineering: 65%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 4,462 · Part-time: 541
Graduates: Full-time: 293 · Part-time: 133
International Students: First-year: 21.7% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 54 to 46
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 354 (424 last year with approx. 200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $11,133 to $12,497 · Apartment-style: $6,324