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Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University | Sydney, N.S. | Founded 1974


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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 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. Currently, CBU is strengthening its online course options and offering a select number of courses for credit, certificate or curiosity. “Cape Breton University is one of the most important institutions on our Island,” says new president David Dingwall. “I am eager to get to know our campus community and begin the important work that lies ahead.” 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 Verschuren Centre plays a key role in developing sustainable technology solutions for business, industry and government. 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. And with more than 70 student societies, finding the right fit at CBU is never a problem.

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

Standout Programs
• Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment: This interdisciplinary program explores current environmental issues, drawing on faculty in business, geology, Mi’kmaq studies and biology; includes an Indigenous perspective.
• Engineering Technology: This bachelor program provides job-ready training through theoretical principles and hands-on technical experience; available in five disciplines, with new options under development.
• Hospitality and Tourism Management: Building on a 30-year reputation, this three-year bachelor program includes two four-month paid internships.

Cool Courses
• Indigenous Musics of North America: Explores the significance of music for Indigenous peoples through an examination of nation-specific, inter-tribal and popular music.
• Sustainable Happiness: This course considers happiness from the perspectives of psychology, interpersonal relationships and the natural environment, and helps students learn about changing detrimental habits and making choices for greater well-being.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 65% Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$6,466 ($7,749 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 30.1
3rd & 4th year: 21.6
Undergraduates: 2,685
Graduates: 238
570 (200 reserved for first years) Graduation: 55.7%
Retention: 82.7%

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