Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

About Cape Breton University

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


Main Campus

Nearest City: Halifax

Type: On-campus

Address: 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6L2 Canada

University Highlights

  • 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
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Business
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Sciences
  • Teaching Quality

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.

Student-Teacher Ratio:

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”

Famous Alumni’s:

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

‚ÄčThe Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

$ 7,407
$ 30,550

Costs per year

Overall cost of living
$ 10,942
Campus accommodation
$ 6,045
Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

Average Cost Per Year

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate : $ 7,407

Postgraduate : $ 30,550

Costs per year

Overall cost of living : $ 10,942

Campus accommodation : $ 6,045

* Please note that fees may vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

English score required

Minimum IELTS Score

IELTS Undergraduate : 6.5

IELTS Postgraduate : 6.5

Minimum TOEFL Score

TOEFL Undergraduate : 80

TOEFL Postgraduate : 80

Minimum PTE Score

PTE Undergraduate : 59

PTE Postgraduate : 59

* Please note that minimum score required for English language may vary from course to couse.Always check exact requirement for the programme.

University Contact Details


1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, Nova Scotia (NS), NS B1P 6L2, Canada



+ (902) 563-1844

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