Ottawa, Canada

Particular: Details

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Established: 1942

Total Students: 31,202

Percentage of International Students: 30%

  • $55 Million in sponsored research funding
  • 1,000 plus research projects underway
  • 185 new start-up companies since 2010
  • 27,863 Full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • 83% average entering grade – up from 75% in 1995
  • 859 faculty, 1,090 professional staff, 126,000 alumni
  • $42,069,044 scholarships and bursaries awarded to undergraduate/graduates
  • 14 Joint institutes and 29 graduate programs shared between Carleton and the University of Ottawa
  • 24 Canada Research Chair holders
  • 7 Endowed chairs
  • 27 Royal Society Fellows
  • 2 Royal Society College of New Scholars
  • 13 recipients of the Order of Canada
  • Eight 3M National Teaching Award Winners
  • 7 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • 3 National Killam Award winners
  • Programs in more than 65 disciplines including new Health Science program
  • Joint Programming with University of Ottawa and collaborations with Algonquin College, Dominican College and La Cite Collegiale
  • Home to the Carleton Ravens men’s varsity team – record 10 TIME CIS champions
  • 75th anniversary in 2017 – coinciding with Canada’s 150th



Faculty of Arts & Social Science


Faculty of Engineering & Design


Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs


Faculty of Public Affairs


Faculty of Science


Sprott School of Business


Carleton is a mid-sized comprehensive and research-intensive public university, and is part of several pan-institutional bodies, including Universities Canada and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. As of the 2017–18 academic year, Carleton received 25,121 applications, producing a first-year cohort of 6,716. In 2019, the school reported an enrolment of 31,202 students, comprising 27,152 undergraduate and 4,050 graduate students, supported by 929 full-time faculty members and 778 adjunct instructors. Carleton’s graduation rate within seven years is approximately 70.4% as of the 2017–18 academic year, with a graduate employment rate of 92.7% within two years of graduation.

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  • Centre for Student Academic Support
  • Health and well-being
  • Health and Counselling Services
  • Learning or physical disabilities
  • Career/employment counseling
  • Career Services
  • Co-operative Education
  • Admission and internal degree transfers Undergraduate Admissions
  • Tuition and fees Financial Services

OSAP, scholarships, bursaries and Work Study Awards and Financial Aid

University rankings

Global rankings

ARWU World[87]

701– 800

QS World[88]


Times World[89]


U.S News & World Report Global[90]


Canadian rankings

ARWU National[87]


QS National[88]


Times National[89]


U.S News & World Report National[90]


Maclean’s Comprehensive[91]


Traditional residences
  • Dundas House (1991)
  • Glengarry House (1969)
  • Grenville House (1965)
  • Lanark House (1962)
  • Lennox and Addington House (2011)
  • Renfrew House (1962)
  • Russell House(1965)
  • Stormont House (1991)
Suite-style residences
  • Frontenac House (2008)
  • Leeds House (2001)
  • Prescott House (2001)
Carleton has eleven student residence buildings clustered together in the northwest section of campus, and are connected to the university’s tunnel system. Although the majority of students housed on-campus are first-year students, Frontenac House is reserved for returning second-year students, while Leeds House is reserved for upper-year and graduate students. Residence Commons serves as a hub for students living in residences, as it houses The Caf, the university’s main dining hall, the Residence Reception Desk, a Tim Horton’s location, and Abstentions, a convenience store operated by the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), which functions as the student government for residence students.

The Carleton University campus is situated on 150 acres (60 ha) bounded to the west by Colonel By Drive and the Rideau Canal, to the east by Bronson Avenue, and the south by the Rideau River. During its initial construction in 1959, the campus consisted of three buildings, the MacOdrum Library, the Tory Building, and Paterson Hall, forming a quadrangle situated at the heart of the university’s academic buildings. Since then, the university has expanded to forty-seven buildings, the newest addition being the Health Sciences Building, which was inaugurated in 2018.

The campus is accessible to road traffic through two entrances respectively located at Bronson Avenue and Colonel By Drive. Carleton’s campus contains a series of surface roads to facilitate traffic in and out of the university, the most heavily-used of them being Campus Avenue, which was converted to a single-direction road in 2019. Several OC Transpo bus lines, including the 7, 10, and 111 serve the campus directly, in addition to the O-Train’s Carleton station, located at the centre of campus.

Shane Smith, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Vice Media

Rosemary Barton, journalist and anchor of The National on CBC News

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean (2003-2010) and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Peter Grünberg, Nobel Prize in Physics recipient, 2008

Conrad Black, Newspaper publisher and author, former owner of Hollinger International


John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (2002-2003), Minister of Finance (2002-2003), and Minister of Foreign Affairs(2000-2002), former MP for Ottawa South (1988-2004)

Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill—Keewatinook Aski and former leadership candidate for the New Democratic Party

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