Cape Breton University is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. It is one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture.
CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.
The great thing about a small campus is there’s always something going on, the student body is always involved and there is never a dull moment. Cape Breton University is dedicated to providing students with a variety of physically active choices. Throughout the year, students will be able to participate in: daily and nightly intramurals, the Shinerama Lob Ball Tournament, Yoga and Pilates classes, Super Bowl Flag Football and so much more. The Intramural program promotes an environment of fun, fair play, and athletic competition, through the medium of physical activity. Beside this, it offers numerous student societies like Aboriginal Society, Track and Field Society, Volunteer Society, Save the Children Society, Orange Army etc.
The university is as distinct as the island it’s named after. Cape Breton Island is an amazing backdrop for student’s time at university. From the Bras D’or lakes to the stunning Cabot Trail, there’s a reason that Cape Breton Island is consistently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Located in Sydney, CBU students will have plenty of opportunity to check out the natural beauty of the Island and be back with more than enough time for a night out with friends in the city.
Maclean’s Magazine ranked CBU 18th in the list of undergraduate universities of the country
Ranked 67th in the country by uniRank
Nearest City: Halifax
Address: 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6L2 Canada
CBU offers about $1.8 million worth of scholarships each year
$3 million in annual research funding
It offers the Lowest tuition + fees of any university in Nova Scotia
CBU makes the largest investment in student services, than any university in Nova Scotia
Highest percent of Aboriginal student enrollment of any institution in Atlantic Canada
Entering students with an 85+% average are considered for entrance scholarships
Academic Divisions :
Arts, Social Sciences and Cultures
Health and well-being
Engineering and Technology
Cape Breton University’s Centre for Teaching & Learning works to provide guidance and support to all teaching staff, with the ultimate goal of working collaboratively with faculty and staff to support excellence in teaching. The CTL does this through activities such as workshops, information sessions, roundtable discussions and peer-mentoring.
Some of the smallest class sizes in the country (15:1 student-teacher ratio)
Advantages of Cape Breton University:
$1.8 Million in scholarships offered each year
Highest number of Canadian students who enter directly from high school with 95%+
Largest investment in student services of any Canadian university
First energy self-sufficient campus in North America
Degree-granting institution since 1974
Unique program offerings
Approximately 5,400 full-time students
One of the highest student satisfaction rates in Canada*
Highly ranked in “Teaching Instruction” and “Entire Education Experience”
Of the over 15,000 CBU alumni across the world, some prominent names include:
Nolan Crouse, mayor of St. Albert, Alberta
David Dingwall, former Liberal politician, President of Cape Breton University
Ursula Johnson, multidisciplinary Mi'kmaq artist
Meshack Lufile, professional basketball player
Manning MacDonald, former Nova Scotia Liberal MLA Cape Breton South
Jason Massie, soccer player in League1 Ontario
Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Liberal MLA Sydney-Whitney Pier
John W. Morgan, former mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Gerald Sampson, former Nova Scotia Liberal MLA Victoria-The Lakes
Peter Schaale, professional footballer, centre-back for HFX Wanderers
Richie Wilcox, singer, actor, theatre director, contestant on Canadian Idol
Application Fees – Non-Refundable CAD 103 (Only through Credit Card)
Intakes: January, summer (May-June) & September
English Language Requirements:
IELTS –Overall 6.5 with No band less than 6.0
TOEFL – 80
PTE – 59
The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.
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