Carleton University

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Carleton University is located in Ottawa on a beautiful 62-hectare campus bounded by the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal, just a 10-minute drive from Parliament Hill. Carleton takes full advantage of the unique resources found in the nation's capital and has earned itself a reputation as being one of the foremost universities in the country in the fields of public affairs, management, and high technology. The proximity of the University to national libraries and laboratories, galleries, museums, international agencies, leading scientists, and research personnel, as well as some 1,000 companies in the high technology sector, results in a variety of educational opportunities unequalled in Canada.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 50 disciplines, Carleton offers a variety of hands-on experiences through many co-operative education programs, work placements, field placements, and internships. Carleton has forged partnerships with business, industry, and other educational institutions. The University also has over 85 active academic exchange agreements with institutions and governments around the world and offers study abroad and exchange options in a wide range of disciplines. Carleton makes its programs and resources available to a diverse clientele through innovative teaching technologies and life-long learning opportunities and offers a full range of services for persons with physical and learning disabilities.

Areas of Expertise

Various areas of expertise range from aerospace engineering to womens' studies. Train for any career here.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:3,529 bedsLowest: $6,937Highest: $11,601

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.

Traditional residence room and board based on double occupancy and includes meal plan, local telephone and access to the university’s existing computer system, including the Internet.

**Estimate based on eight months of rent (one bedroom, shared kitchen/bath, includes utilities, laundry and groceries) is $10,397

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.


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 100 special interest clubs 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 Womyn'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 November 21, 2017

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