Cape Breton University

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

Cape Breton University students

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 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 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.

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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.
• Community Studies: Prepares students to be engaged contributors to their communities through process-based learning and two work placements.
• Emergency Management: This interdisciplinary, applied program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a broad range of emergencies and disasters.

Cool Courses
• Food for Thought: Critical Perspectives on What, How and If We Eat: Draws on anthropology and sociology to explore the multiple meanings and consequences of food consumption, with an emphasis on food security and sustainability.
• Communication and Sexuality: Examines the intersection between communication and sexuality as it pertains to education, health, the internet, disability, diversity and more.

$7,478 ($8,761 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65% · Engineering: 65%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 2,137 · Part-time: 500
Graduates: Full-time: 197 · Part-time: 160
International Students: First-year: 22.2% ·
Graduate: 69%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Residence Spaces
424 (approx. 200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,944 to $9,124· Single room with meals: $10,654 to $11,964 · Apartment-style: $6,050

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