Carleton University

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Carleton University is located in Ottawa on a beautiful 62-hectare campus bordered by the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal, just a ten-minute drive from Parliament Hill. Carleton takes full advantage of the unique resources found in the nation's capital and has earned a reputation as 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 proximity of the University to national libraries, laboratories, galleries, museums, international agencies, leading scientists, and research personnel, results in a variety of educational opportunities unparalleled in Canada.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 100 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 government organizations, private sector businesses, industry, and other educational institutions. The University also has over 80 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

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.

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

At Carleton University, we want you to experience success. Our wide range of student support services touch on many aspects of a students academic and student life, and are designed to support student learning, enrich the student experience.

The First Year Experience Office is a student's first stop when they arrive at Carleton. The FYEO helps new students make the transition to university life by offering relevant and helpful services, like orientation and success series workshops, and supporting student engagement. The Student Academic Success Centre helps undergraduate students achieve their academic goals. SASC includes academic advising, learning support services, and peer assisted study sessions. The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities offers academic services for students with disabilities. The International Student Services Centre offers support to international and exchange students.

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, a fitness centre, an indoor field house, six international squash courts, five tennis courts (covered during winter), a soccer stadium, gymnasiums, two ice pads, and much more. There are fitness classes and instructional programs to satisfy just about every interest including martial arts, dance, aerobics, aqua fit, tennis, and figure skating. There is a wide selection of men's, women's, and co-ed intramural sports including basketball, volleyball, and soccer.


A complete listing of physical recreation programs and schedules can be found on the Web site. Carleton University is also located next to the Rideau Canal, which is the world's longest skating rink in the winter, and provides running and cycling paths throughout the city.


The Carleton University's Student Association is proud to sponsor over 200 clubs and societies on campus with the aim of improving the student experience at Carleton. Students interested in joining or finding out more information about any of the organizations should visit the website.

Information Technology

Computer accounts are provided to all current students giving full access to the Internet. Carleton has a variety of information databases 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 provide support to this networked University community, helping faculty, staff, and students use technology effectively and providing assistance with campus accounts, software and hardware, troubleshooting, repair, and Internet access.


Carleton and the city of Ottawa offer many cultural opportunities. The Carleton campus boasts an art gallery, a student theatre company, several music ensembles, a student newspaper, and a 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, theatres, 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 Transgender Centre, and the Race Equity Office.

International Involvement

Studying for a degree at Carleton doesn't mean having to spend the full three or four years of your program on Carleton’s campus. Carleton University has exchange agreements with other universities in countries all over the world. As early as the fall semester of their second year, students may be eligible to apply to study for a semester or a full year overseas and transfer the credits to their Carleton degree program. This once in a lifetime opportunity allows students to appreciate different people and cultures, perhaps study in another language, while broadening their horizons through travel. Students also gain some important international experience, a real asset in today's global reality.

Campus Tour

Carleton offers campus tours given by current students throughout the week and on most 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 online by e-mail at or by phone at (888) 354-4414 (in Canada) or (613) 520-3663.

Modified on August 14, 2020

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