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Carleton University

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Overview

Overview

Carleton University is located in Ottawa, a G7 capital city, which offers opportunities students won't find anywhere else. Ottawa is home to over 130 embassies and high commissions from around the world, as well as numerous national organizations and museums. A large percentage of Canada's major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a technology industry comprised of over 1,900 companies.

Ottawa is also one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, with many neighborhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks.

Situated on a beautiful riverside campus just minutes from downtown, Carleton emphasizes hands-on research, community engagement, work experience and immersive learning. Having the paid "real-world" experience serves to complement what is taught in the classroom and opens doors of opportunity upon completion of the undergraduate degree.

Carleton has a long history of attracting international students to its welcoming and inclusive campus. Today the university has approximately 4,500 international students from 150 countries, creating a diverse and supportive academic community. Over 30,000 students enjoy Carleton's small and interactive classes, state-of-the-art research, laboratory and athletic facilities.

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Covid-19 update: Disruption as opportunity

Carleton University's strategic plan emphasizes the power of higher education and innovation, community and collaboration, and the importance of sustainability and wellness. Carleton was named the second most sustainable university in Canada and the 33rd most sustainable in the world.

These priority areas became particularly relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Students organized to support local non-profits and alumni used their platforms and influence to help local businesses, fundraise, design PPE for emergency service workers, support seniors, and much more.

Professors dove into research addressing various aspects of the pandemic including e-health, technology, AI and autonomous systems and epidemiology, testing, tracing, mental health, wellness and social adaptation.

Carleton is also committed to listening and learning as the university community participates in a wider social conversation about racism. The hope is to build on and continue initiatives already underway to ensure human rights, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism on campus.

Current global challenges have also led Carleton to examine and improve how the university is engaging with students. Whether students are looking for virtual support to assist with their transition to university, take virtual tours of campus, or test run the online university experience, Carleton has it covered.

Students can find out more about the impact of COVID on their admissions as well as additional information on changes to learning. The university continues to review on a case by case basis students whose admission process has been affected by school closures or exam delays. International students can find additional support through many channels, including one-on-one appointments with international admissions officers.

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Why Carleton?

Why Carleton?

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.

  • 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. Carleton's connections have helped create many valuable opportunities for students.
  • The majority of programs feature work-study opportunities (known as ''co-op''), that allow students to gain full-time, paid employment related to their academic program.
  • Qualified applicants are automatically offered entrance scholarships ranging from CAD 4,000 to CAD 16,000 over four years, and a place in one of Carleton's on-campus residences.
  • 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 plus student-run clubs and societies. Students come from 140 plus 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. A self-contained campus and focus on community encourage student interaction, which can provide both valuable communication skills and lasting friendships.

In the classroom, Carleton challenges student thinking and teaches the skills students need to succeed. Outside the classroom, Carleton prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world situations.

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Programs

Programs

There are 22 undergraduate programs including:

Commerce (Business) or International Business

The Bachelor of Commerce provides a complete business education, with eight specializations, and options for co-op (a paid work-study opportunity), study abroad and/or a minor in another subject. The Bachelor of International Business is also a unique degree that spans the study of business, language, and builds cross-cultural skills.

Communication and Media Studies, Journalism, or Media Production and Design

Carleton offers programs focusing on understanding the ever-changing media landscape. These programs prepare students for the exciting challenges facing journalists and communications professionals.

Computer Science

Computers and computer systems play a central role in business, communication, science, entertainment and medicine. This ever-changing discipline studies the theory, design and implementation of computer applications and systems.

Engineering

Carleton prepares students for a career as engineers by combining rigorous programs and a highly supportive learning environment with practical, hands-on experience. The 13 streams offered cover a broad range of engineering specializations.

Science and Health Science

Labs, tutorials, field courses and seminars are conducted in small classes, resulting in personalized interactions with professors. An early emphasis on experimenting is a key component of science at Carleton. Carleton's Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) is a wide-ranging and career-focused program.

Built-in work experience

The majority of Carleton's undergraduate programs include a cooperative education option (known as ''co-op'') that provides students with the opportunity to gain full-time, paid employment related to an academic program. Study terms are alternated with paid periods of work in real job situations.

Students have the option of selecting from more than 100 programs, pathways and specializations at the graduate level.

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Student support

Student support

At Carleton University, there are hundreds of ways for students to get involved and make the most of their university experience. There are a rich variety of services available to support all interests and needs.

Support for international students

Carleton offers services and programs dedicated to helping international and exchange students make the most of their university experience in Canada. This includes advice on immigration, study permits, health insurance, working in Canada, budgeting and homesickness.

Academic support

Carleton University offers a variety of services designed to support students improve learning both inside and outside the classroom. Students can access peer-led study sessions as well as workshops on academic writing, time management, note-taking, and exam-preparation to name a few.

Work-study opportunities and support

The co-op team supports students with their job search, helps with the hiring process, and develops connections with potential employers. In addition to co-op, many programs also include work integrated learning opportunities like practicums, field placements, field courses, apprenticeships and research placements.

Career services

Career coaches, consultants and counsellors help students explore their talents, interests and skills, and align their degree with a career. They also assist with resume and cover letter reviews and job search strategies.

Healthcare

Students can access medical services, counselling, and health promotion programs provided by the health and wellness center on campus. Students living in residence can also access short-term confidential counseling within their residence complex to help with issues such as coping with stress, homesickness, self-esteem and more.

Fitness and athletics

Students can sign up for one of over 120 fitness classes, or make use of Carleton's extensive facilities including a swimming pool, squash courts, a fitness centre, and an indoor sports field with running track.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

In the QS World University Rankings 2021 the university was placed in the top 20 in Canada with a well-recognized reputation amongst employers. The university boasts excellent partnerships with employers, encourages employer-student connections and has high rates of graduate employment. With the hands-on learning approach and co-op program at the university students are well placed to enter the world of work.

Career services are available for all students at Carleton and can help students to identify and achieve their goals after leaving university. The career services office runs a range of events, provides tips and resources, and offers job search support to help students transition from students to alumni.

In addition to helping students transition from school to work, the career services office helps facilitate volunteer opportunities, on campus jobs, or chances to work abroad so that students can leave university with a diverse range of life and work experiences.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

Carleton University offers numerous scholarship and bursary programs. In 2019 more than 12,000 scholarships and bursaries, totaling over CAD 24 million, were awarded to undergraduate students.

Entrance Scholarships

Students applying directly from high school who are admitted to Carleton with an admissions average of 90 per cent or higher are automatically considered for the merit-based renewable Entrance Scholarships, which range from CAD 4,000 to CAD 16,000 over four years.

Prestige Scholarships

The highest awards are the 24 Prestige Scholarships. Students must apply, and are considered only if entering Carleton directly from high school with an admission average of 90 per cent or better. The selection committee will also assess the range of community or secondary school extracurricular activities.

Graduate Awards and funding

In 2019 Carleton students were awarded over CAD 46 million in funding. Students are automatically evaluated for their funding eligibility upon the submission of an application. If students qualify and are selected for funding, they are notified in their offer of admission.

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Situated on unceded Algonquin territory beside the historic Rideau Canal, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carleton University was founded by the community in 1942 to meet the needs of veterans returning from the Second World War. Carleton University is a community of talented, committed and enthusiastic faculty and staff, dedicated to excellence and to supporting the education and research that distinguishes Carleton as Canada?s Capital University.

The university provides an excellent education and experience to its more than 24,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its more than 875 academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines. Carleton?s reputation is built on its strengths in the fields of journalism, public affairs, international affairs, architecture and high technology. Its students benefit from the interdisciplinary, active, hands-on approach to teaching and research practiced by its faculty members and from the numerous partnerships the university has with the federal government, other universities and private sector partners.

The MacOdrum Library, named in honour of Carleton?s second president Murdoch Maxwell MacOdrum, contains a collection of more than two million items ooks, microfilms, tapes, CDs, government documents, maps, periodicals and archival materials as well as study space, reading rooms and caf?. A computerized catalogue system provides access to the collection.

The Icehouse is part of Carleton University?s world class athletics facilities. The most comprehensive adult facility of its kind in central Ottawa, the CAD 13 million state-of-the-art ice facility is the cornerstone of the Carleton Athletics Recreation Centre. The main arena seats 500 spectators while the secondary rink accommodates 100 viewers. Operational year-round, the Icehouse features 2 NHL-sized ice surfaces with six dressing rooms per ice pad.

Today, the university sits on more than 100 acres, on a site between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, just a short distance from downtown Ottawa. Carleton University is close to Canada?s majestic Parliament Buildings, the bustling Byward Market, and the beautiful Gatineau Park.
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