Carleton University

Carleton University | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1942

Carleton University students drawing in class

(Dwayne Brown/Carleton University)

Founded in 1942 as a part-time institution for the men and women who supported Canada’s war effort, Carleton University takes advantage of its location in the capital. Computer science students participate in paid co-op placements at leading technology companies in the city, such as Shopify. Many students work as political aides and pages on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.

“Carleton offers the action and vibrancy of a large urban campus in a G7 capital, but the beauty of our natural site also provides space to think and peace of mind,” says president Benoit-Antoine Bacon. 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 continues to expand offerings, with a cognitive science program, a bachelor of health science, an undergraduate degree in global and international studies, and a large faculty of engineering.

The university is also updating its infrastructure. The Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE)—which focuses on applied research in clean technology, health technology, and information and communications technology—and the new Health Sciences building provide state-of-the-art facilities. Work is under way on the Nicol Building, set to become the new home of the Sprott School of Business in 2020.

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Standout Programs
• 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.
• Media Production and Design: Trains students to tell engaging narratives and communicate complex issues to a wide audience, recognizing how media, information, public engagement and design intersect.
• Engineering: A wide range of program areas are on offer, covering everything from aircraft design to telecommunications systems, and the latest advances in technology; includes an optional minor in business.

Cool Courses
• Madness in Modern Times: This course traces the ideas and definitions of madness from the 18th century to the present, including changes in how the causes of madness have been explained, treated and understood.
• Trends in Photonics: Students learn about the history and future of photonics, its impact on technology and society, and emerging applications in industry and commercial products.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78% · Science: 78-80% · Commerce: 80% · Engineering: 76-86%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,138 · Part-time: 3,755
Graduates: Full-time: 3,549 · Part-time: 546
International Students: First-year: 12.2% · Graduate: 24.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 50 to 50
Residence Spaces
3,613 (2,775 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $10,648 to $10,948 · Single room with meals: $11,752 to $12,052 · Apartment-style: $8,152

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