Carleton University

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Why Carleton?

  • 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 our 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. Our 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.

Areas of Expertise

Carleton University has earned itself a reputation as being one of the foremost universities in the country in the fields of public affairs, business, engineering and design, high technology, arts and social sciences, and science, the fields that have the best prospects for increased employment.

  • Top 5 among comprehensive universities in Canada
  • Top 10 for graduate employability
  • Top 10 in Canada for Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:3,600 bedsLowest: $10,893Highest: $13,363

Extensive residence support network includes live-in residence staff, organized academic programs and social events, a Residence Reception Desk, and university safety staff. In residence, you will have the opportunity to meet people from around the world and make friendships that last a lifetime.

On Campus Housing information:

Off Campus Housing

If students decide to live off-campus, they should be prepared to spend some time to look for an appropriate place. To help students in their search, Carleton’s Housing Office posts a list of off-campus accommodation that can be viewed 24 hours a day.

Incoming Students

Student Life Services offers a broad range of services including orientation for students and parents, international students, and students with disabilities, academic orientation, and a study skills program.

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) offers services and programs that contribute to positive international experiences for all Carleton students. We are dedicated to helping international and exchange students adjust to life in Canada and to helping them get the most out of their student experience. The ISSO supports and encourages Carleton students in gaining international exposure both locally and abroad through volunteer opportunities, international internships and co-op, and participation in exchange or study abroad programs.

Career Planning

The Career Development and Cooperative Education Office offers resources available to assist you with your career development: job postings, career counselling, employment programs, recruiting and events, workshops, and a resource centre.


Carleton University's Department of Physical Recreation and Athletics offers a wide range of innovative programs and excellent athletic facilities including: an Olympic-size (50-metre) indoor pool with diving towers and a slide; saunas; a fitness centre; nine air-conditioned international squash courts; five outdoor tennis courts; a soccer stadium; and a double gymnasium. There are fitness classes and instructional programs to satisfy just about every interest including: martial arts; dance; aerobics; aquafit; canoeing; tennis; and rock-climbing. There is a wide selection of men's, women's, and co-ed intramural sports, including basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

Our varsity teams, the Carleton Ravens, compete in 18 different sports, nine for women and nine for men. The women's varsity teams are: basketball, fencing, field hockey, indoor field hockey, nordic skiing, rowing, soccer, swimming, and waterpolo. The men's varsity teams are: basketball, fencing, golf, nordic skiing, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, and waterpolo. In addition to our varsity teams, Carleton University has six competitive club sports including: men's baseball; men's and women's ice hockey; men's lacrosse; and women's volleyball.

Information Technology

Computer accounts are available to all students, giving full access to the Internet. Carleton has a variety of information databases for the World Wide Web on the Internet; electronic versions of the undergraduate and graduate calendars; class and exam schedules; media and community resource guide; a library bibliographic inquiry system; student job postings; event information; and staff and departmental directories. Many courses have web sites and all courses have discussion groups. Our Help Desks support this networked University community, helping faculty, staff, and students use technology effectively and providing assistance with campus accounts, software and hardware, trouble shooting, repair, and Internet access.

Students register for university courses through a touch-tone telephone system and many courses are available through instructional TV on regional cable television networks.


Carleton and the City of Ottawa offer many cultural opportunities. The Carleton campus boasts an art gallery, a student theatre company, several music ensembles, and a student newspaper and radio station. Public lectures and weekly concerts are also presented throughout the year. Students can participate in more than 300 special interest clubs , societies, and a student government. Off campus, there is the National Gallery, the National Archives, libraries, museums, embassies, theatre, and much more.

Special Services

The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities offers educational support services to students with physical disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, or learning disabilities. Facilities and services include an extensive tunnel system connecting all campus buildings and a 24-hour attendant care program in residence. Other resources include: the Women's Centre; the International Student Advisory; the Office for the Status of Women; the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture; the Bill Ellis Centre for Mature and Part-time Students; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Centre; and the Race Equity Office.

International Involvement

Carleton has 85 academic partnerships with over 30 countries facilitating joint research and faculty and student exchange. Carleton is an active participant in the Commonwealth Universities' Studies Abroad Consortium (CUSAC).

Campus Tour

Carleton offers campus tours given by current students throughout the week and on selected weekends. It is also possible to arrange to sit in on a class or meet with a faculty member. Contact us a few days in advance to book a tour either online at, by email at, or by phone at (888) 354-4414 (in Canada) or (613) 520-3663.

Modified on August 14, 2020

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