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Carleton University

Canada
Overview

Overview

Founded in 1942, Carleton University is spread out across 62 hectares of beautiful green space, just south of downtown Ottawa – the capital of Canada.

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related, real-world work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement. This complements taught theory inside the classroom.

Students also benefit from small class sizes, an excellent support network, and state-of-the-art facilities, including industry-supported laboratories, research, and extensive athletic facilities.

Carleton was ranked in the top five amongst comprehensive universities in Canada (Maclean's university rankings 2021) and was also placed in the top 10 for graduate employability. Specific subjects, such as computer science, engineering and mathematics have received top 10 rankings (QS World University Rankings).

Of the more than 31,000 students at Carleton, around 14 per cent are international students, coming from more than 150 different countries. Carleton offers study abroad and exchange programs, and prides itself on its international connections.

The campus is bordered by beautiful surroundings, including the Rideau River, the historic Rideau Canal, and residential neighborhoods. Other highlights include the university's proximity to Canada's Parliament Buildings, the Byward Market, and the beautiful Gatineau Park.

Ottawa is also home to more than 1,900 companies in the tech industry, where many of Canada's clinical, medical and life science research centres can be found.

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What's new

What's new

A safe return to campus

Carleton is planning for a safe and gradual return to campus in fall 2021. Plans include some in-person courses and activities on campus with online options to allow for maximum flexibility for students. Barring future public health restrictions, Carleton is optimistic for full campus operations with minimal restrictions in winter, 2022. Get the latest updates for fall 2021 and winter 2022 online.

Committed to women in engineering and IT

Committed to inspire, encourage and include women in engineering and IT, Carleton's Women in Engineering and Information Technology program partners with industry and government partners to provide opportunities like access to industry tours and talks, networking, and support to role models and ambassadors. Activities will begin in the fall of 2021, to help women students successfully transition into the workforce.

Sustainability plan

In November 2020, Carleton released a new five-year sustainability plan, which set ambitious targets for reducing emissions, water consumption and waste on campus. The plan also outlines increased research into sustainability, teaching, and community engagement. Carleton currently ranks as the second most sustainable university in Canada.

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Degree programs

Degree programs

There are 22 undergraduate programs with hundreds of majors and areas of specialization to choose from. Students can customize their degree to their particular interests, including combined Honours. Some of Carleton's most sought-after degree programs include:

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 spans the study of business, language, and builds cross-cultural skills.

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

Carleton media programs prepare students for the exciting challenges facing journalists and communications professionals in an ever-changing landscape.

Computer Science

This ever-changing discipline studies the theory, design and implementation of computer applications and systems in areas such as in business, communication, science, entertainment and medicine.

Engineering

The 13 streams offered cover a broad range of engineering specializations with rigorous programs and a highly supportive learning environment with practical, hands-on experience.

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. 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 offers students full-time, paid employment related to an academic program. Study terms are alternated with paid periods of employment. Students can also do internships, apprenticeships, research placements, and more.

Students can select from more than 100 programs, pathways and specializations at graduate level.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Admission to Carleton's undergraduate degree programs is primarily based on a student's previous academic performance. Usually students are required to have graduated from secondary school (high school) to be accepted on an undergraduate program. Admission requirements vary by program so students should check individual entry requirements for their preferred program of study. Specific subjects (prerequisites) may also be required.

Students are encouraged to visit the Carleton admissions website, where they can input their education system and program of choice to see admission requirements tailored to them, along with key deadlines and a step by step guide on how to apply.

International applicants who do not have English as their first language, will also need to demonstrate a strong level of English proficiency by providing an English as a Second Language (ESL) test score.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Carleton has one of the most generous scholarship and bursary programs available in Canada. In 2020/2021, more than 12,000 scholarships and bursaries worth more than CAD 28.6 million were awarded to undergraduate students.

Entrance scholarships

Students who have been admitted with an average of 80 per cent or higher are automatically considered for a renewable entrance scholarship. International students are also eligible for these merit-based awards, and no application is required.

Prestige scholarships

Prestige Scholarships are Carleton's highest awards. Students must apply, and are considered only if entering Carleton directly from high school with an admission average of 90 per cent or better. Students are also assessed on their range of community or secondary school extracurricular activities.

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Student support

Student support

Caring is built into the Carleton community, with support covering all areas - academics, funding, career goals, health and wellness – with lots of social and fun activities too! Carleton ranked third for overall satisfaction among students (Maclean's, 2021), in large part because of the services available to students - all designed for a successful university experience.

Academic support is particularly robust, with peer study sessions, workshops on exam preparation, academic writing and much more. Career and Co-op offices help students find co-op placements, organizing networking events and career fairs, and getting job-ready with resumes, cover letters and interview skills. Students also have many opportunities to volunteer, and get involved with the wider community.

International students receive dedicated support from Carleton's International Student Services Office. This office organizes orientation and arrival for international students at the start of their studies, as well as fun cultural and social activities throughout the year. International students can access dedicated peer advisors, as well as advice and workshops on a range of issues, including:

  • Budgeting
  • Health insurance
  • Immigration
  • Study and work permits

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

With a strong reputation for helping students gain marketable skills and experience, the QS World University Rankings 2021 places Carleton in the top 20 in Canada for graduate employability.

Work-study opportunities are offered for most programs at Carleton, allowing students to gain valuable real-world job experience in their field of study. A dedicated Career Service supports all students and alumni to identify and achieve their career goals - supporting with job readiness skills, organizing job fairs and networking events, facilitating 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.

The most recent statistics show that 92.7 per cent of Carleton graduates were employed two years after graduating, and 85 per cent were employed after six months (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) 2017/18).

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Rated4/5based on4 student reviews
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4.0/ 5 stars
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Carleton University Carleton University
Rated4/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Carleton University - by, 2020-01-07
3.0/ 5 stars
Carleton University Carleton University
Rated4/5based on4 student reviews
Teaching pattern, university campus Customer reviews:
Carleton University - by, 2019-12-17
5.0/ 5 stars
Carleton University Carleton University
Rated4/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Carleton University - by, 2020-01-29
5.0/ 5 stars
Carleton University Carleton University
Rated4/5based on4 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Carleton University - by, 2020-02-01
4.0/ 5 stars

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