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 offers, and continues to expand, 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 Health Sciences building provide state-of-the-art facilities. The newly opened Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre is a space for music, lectures and public events. Work continues on the Nicol Building, set to become the new home of the Sprott School of Business in 2021.

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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.
Engineering: A range of program areas are on offer, from aircraft design, medical devices and telecommunication systems to sensor technologies and robotics. The program includes an optional minor in business.
Commerce: Students can choose from among eight concentrations, developing critical business skills and making professional contacts. There are opportunities to participate in co-op, study abroad and take part in international business case competitions.

Cool Courses
Storytelling and Social Media: Students learn tactics to harness social media for research, storytelling and promoting their work.
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.

$6,780 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 80% · Engineering: 80-86%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,725 · Part-time: 5,400
Graduates: Full-time: 3,454 · Part-time: 593
International Students: First-year: 13.7% ·
Graduate: 23%
Male-Female Ratio: 50 to 50
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 3,610 (2,730 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,893 to $11,193 · Single room with meals: $12,063 to $12,363 · Apartment-style: $8,313

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