Welcome to Carleton University!
Carleton University is located in beautiful Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Carleton is committed to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community partnerships and teaching excellence.
The nation’s capital is home to over 130 embassies and high commissions from around the world, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and numerous museums.
Strong connections with the high-tech sector, and with local industry leaders and research scientists have helped us create many valuable opportunities for students.
- Top 5 among comprehensive universities in Canada
- Top 10 for graduate employability
- Top 10 in Canada for Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
In the classroom, we challenge your thinking and teach you the skills you need to succeed. Outside the classroom, we challenge you to apply your knowledge and skills to real world situations.
Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative university with a strong commitment to teaching, learning, research and student experience. Our academic programs, capital location, career focus and global possibilities provide countless opportunities for learning to happen both inside and outside of the classroom.
Why study at Carleton University
- A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life science research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a growing technology industry with over 1,900 companies.
- The majority of their programs feature work-study opportunities (known as “co-op”), that allow students to gain full-time, paid employment related to their academic program.
- Carleton is a close-knit, supportive and diverse community. This includes academic support, help with jobs and career, health and counselling, student life, athletics, and 300+ student-run clubs and societies. Students come from 140+ countries and have many opportunities to get involved in community-building activities both on and off-campus.
- Campus is a green oasis, nestled between the Rideau River, Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake. Their self-contained campus and focus on community encourage student interaction, which can provide you with both valuable communication skills and lasting friendships.
- Qualified applicants are automatically offered entrance scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 CAD over four years, and a place in one of Carleton’s on-campus residences.
Awards & Accreditations
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC)
Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)
Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC)
Student services & facilities
*Please visit their website to stay up to date about how we are offering virtual support services and programming during the current global crisis.
International Student Services Office
You will have access to services and programs dedicated to helping you adjust to university life and making sure you get the most out of your Canadian university experience. This includes:
Fun cultural and social activities such as snowshoeing trips to nearby Gatineau Park, and a sugar shack (see how we make their famous maple syrup!), a tour of the Parliament buildings, free museum nights, weekly Friday tea time, Hockey 101 so you can enjoy the Carleton games, Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations, and more!
Advice on immigration, study permits, health insurance, working in Canada, budgeting and homesickness.
Peer mentors are available to make sure you are doing ok, making friends, having fun, and finding the help you need.
Student Experience Office
The Student Experience Office can help you adjust to university life and offers ways for you to get involved throughout your time at Carleton. The office oversees a wide variety of programs, such as:
- Orientation sessions
- Peer mentors for first-year students
- Community service-learning initiatives
- Leadership development programs
- Fun activities such as movie nights, games and contests!
Centre for Student Academic Support and Academic Advising Centre
The Centre for Student Academic Support is a centralized collection of services designed to improve learning inside and outside the classroom. The office provides peer-led individualized and group-based academic support services to provide you with university-level learning strategies. Programs include:
- Peer assisted study sessions
- Learning support workshops and sessions
- Writing services
The Academic Advising Centre offers all students, including transfer students, with dedicated support through academic advising, and advice on changing programs or adding elements.
Career Coaches, consultants and counsellors can assist you with resume and cover letter reviews, job search strategies, interview preparation, and networking advice. They also help you to explore in depth degree options in relation to potential career paths.
Co-operative Education Office
The co-op office coordinates the work-study opportunities that are part of many degree programs at Carleton. This includes supporting students with their job search, co-ordinating the hiring process and developing connections with potential employers. You can apply to the co-op program when you apply for your degree program at Carleton, or you can apply later in your studies.
Health and Counselling Services
Carleton’s newly renovated, multidisciplinary on-campus healthcare facility provides medical and counselling services, a resource centre and a health promotion program for Carleton students.
Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities
The Paul Menton Centre coordinates academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. Services include academic accommodations, attendant services, alternate formats, adaptive technology, note-taking, sign language interpretation, learning support and services specific to students’ educational-related disability needs.
If you’re looking for a nice study spot, Carleton is located on a beautiful 62-hectare campus bordered by the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal. You can spend time in nature right in the heart of their nation’s capital!
Carleton has industry supported labs and facilities (sponsored by Alcatel, Texas Instruments, Huawei and TELUS to name a few), new eco friendly buildings designed for collaboration and sustainability, and a new award winning library with its Discovery Centre (gaming lab, 3-D printers and workout desks).
They also have extensive athletics facilities:
- 50 metre pool with diving tower
- International squash courts
- Fitness centre with numerous cardio and weight training options
- Saunas and gymnasiums
- Indoor sports-field with running track
- Twin-pad ice area
- Five tennis courts
- 3,000 seat soccer/football stadium
- Over 120 exciting classes offered
Work is also well underway for the new Nicol building that will be home to the Sprott School of Business.
Carleton is also home to the National Wildlife Research Centre, and the Herzberg Laboratories, which houses the CAD 10 million POLARIS project and rooftop observatory and telescope.
See for yourself: Take a virtual tour of Carleton on their website!
Attending classes is only one part of your university experience. Campus life is also about joining clubs and societies, taking advantage of special events and lectures, connecting with friends and participating in one of the community outreach programs.
300+ clubs and societies
Their extensive network of clubs and societies is another great way to meet new people and pursue your interests outside the classroom.
A diverse and supportive community
Their campus community places great emphasis on providing a respectful and supportive environment in which students can thrive academically and socially.
Carleton has a long history of welcoming students from around the world - 14 per cent of our 31,000+ students are international students, from more than 140 countries.
You will quickly see that part of the Carleton culture is making meaningful contributions. Students, faculty and staff are involved - through research and collaboration, as well as volunteering and community-building - both locally and internationally. There are many opportunities at Carleton to learn and grow from diverse perspectives, and become engaged global citizens.
Whatever your athletic interest or fitness level, you are sure to find something that suits you. You can try out for a team, sign up for one of our many fitness classes, or make use of our extensive facilities.
*Please visit their website to stay up to date on the latest health and safety information related to living in residence during the current global crisis.
Make friends and enjoy the convenience of living on campus
Residence is ideal if you want to experience university life as a member of a vibrant, close-knit community. Carleton is home to eight residence halls, and you will love living minutes away from your classes, the library, athletics and a large dining hall. Residence offers friendship, support, convenience, and community!
Carleton’s award-winning Residence Life program is designed to help you reach your academic and personal goals, and includes residence counsellors, live-in residence staff and a focus on learning outside the classroom.
First-year residence guarantee
At Carleton, a double traditional room is guaranteed to all new, first-year students entering directly from high school. Please visit their website for details.
Scholarships & funding
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
When you apply to Carleton, you are automatically considered for the entrance scholarships (yes—international students too)! These awards range from $1,000 to $4,000 CAD per year based on your admissions average, and are renewable each year based on academic performance. No application required. (Please visit their website or send an information request for details.)
Number of Scholarships Value Admission Average
- Unlimited @ $16,000 $4,000 x four years Renewable* 95-100%
- Unlimited @ 12,000 $3,000 x four years Renewable* 90-94.9%
- Unlimited @ $8,000 $2,000 x four years Renewable* 85-89.9%
- Unlimited @ $4,000 $1,000 x four years Renewable* 80- 84.9%
*Scholarships are renewable with an A- standing (annual GPA of 10.0). Renewable means that if they are lost in one year, they can be regained in future years.
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