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Carleton University

Carleton University | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded 1942


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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. “From its beginnings, Carleton has brought together hundreds of thousands of hearts and minds dedicated to doing good,” says interim president Alastair Summerlee. “From our academic programs and spirit of collaboration to our research and community engagement, Carleton is ‘here for good.’ ” 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 and an undergraduate degree in global and international studies. The university is also updating its infrastructure. The new Health Sciences building provides state-of-the-art facilities, and renovations have created space for the Institute for Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE), which focuses on applied research in clean technology, health technology and information and communication technology.

READ: What it’s like attending school in Canada’s capital

Standout Programs
Global and International Studies: The program offers core courses and 14 areas of specialization, including global development and social justice; students must learn a second language and take part in an international experience such as studying abroad.
• Journalism: In addition to a broad-based education, the program provides practical training through workshops in print, video, audio and online journalism, as well as apprenticeships.
Health Sciences: With a focus on the quickly changing health care and health science industries, the program is organized around five concentrations: biomedical sciences, environment and health, disability and chronic illness, global health and health throughout the lifespan.

Cool Courses
• How Things Work: An introductory course on everyday physics; learn the science behind cellphones, microwaves, skiing, dance and weather.
• Developing Creative Thinking: Business and engineering students travel to rural Tanzania to work together on developing solutions for sustainable, clean water.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 76% to 86%
Arts: 78%
Science: 78% to 80%
Commerce: 80%
$7,029 1st & 2nd year: 92.3
3rd & 4th year: 39.2
Undergraduates: 23,381
Graduates: 3,892
3,616 (2,800 reserved for first years) Graduation: 68.8%
Retention: 88.1%

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