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. 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. 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; it has 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, which includes indoor and outdoor soccer fields and an eight-lane synthetic track. Last year, CBU launched the World Tourism Institute, which will host conferences and help boost tourism on the Island.

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Standout Programs
Nursing: The program integrates theory and research with hands-on learning, offers a variety of nursing practice placements and offers a two-week international experience.
Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Chemistry: The program takes an applied approach, combining theory with technical expertise. It’s relevant to other fields such as nanotechnology, medicine and dentistry, food sciences and environmental sciences.
Community Studies: The program prepares students to be engaged contributors in their communities through process-based learning and two work placements.

Cool Courses
Adventure Programming: Through outdoor, ecological and experiential education models and philosophies, students learn how to plan and implement adventure-based and outdoor learning programs.
Conversational Mi’kmaq: Beginners I: Students learn the basics in this first level in the school’s conversational Mi’kmaq series.

$7,741 ($9,024 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 65% · Commerce: 65% ·
Engineering: 65%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,114 · Part-time: 496
Graduates: Full-time: 234 · Part-time: 128
International Students: First-year: 24.5% · Graduate: 70.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 50 to 50
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 424 (approx. 200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,184 to $9,372· Single room with meals: $10,914 to $12,252 · Apartment-style: $6,200

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