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    Cape Breton University: Ranking, Programs, Application Deadlines, Admission 2021, Fees, Scholarships

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    Established in 1974, the Cape Breton University is a public university located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, the university is famous for its undergraduate research opportunities. Programs offered by Cape Breton University include undergraduate and graduate degrees, online education, and pre-professional courses in the fields of Liberal Arts, Science, Business, and Health.

    It is also famous among international students who wish to study in Canada as it provides worth CAD 2.5M scholarships every year. It also strives for the innovative economic development of Cape Breton Island along with providing sustainability programs.

    Admission to this highly coveted higher education institute of Canada is available to international students. With an international student population of 3,500 out of the total students' population of 5,500, the school is regarded as the second largest proportionate international student community of any maritime university.

    Cape Breton University Rankings

    One of the popular institutes in Canada, Cape Breton University has been ranked by various agencies, some tabulated below:

    • #19th Rank in Canada by MacLean’s
    • #79th Rank in Canada by Cube Ranking
    • #68th Rank in Canada by UNI Rank
    • #2994th World Rank by UNI Rank


    Established 1974
    Type Public
    Campus Setting Suburban
    Entity Not for Profit
    Academic Calendar Semester Wise
    Programs Offered Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees, Online Courses, Pre-Professional Programs
    Total Enrollment 5,500
    International Students 3,500
    Countries Represented 40
    Financial Aid Scholarships and Bursaries
    Official Website

    Cape Breton University Campus

    • The University is housed on one campus located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in Canada characterized by a sightful landscape, warming and accommodating culture, and a rich tradition.
    • The buildings on campus cover over 17,000 square ft comprising of research laboratories, workshops, administrative blocks, reading rooms, and few auditoriums which are centers for all campus events, fests, and competitions
    • Notable facilities on campus include the Broadmore theatre, CBU Art Gallery, Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex, the Verschuren Centre, Students, culture and heritage center, Sullivan Fieldhouse, Canada Games Complex, Max Bell Health Centre, etc
    • Students are provided with all the necessary facilities and equipment to enable them to have the best of experiences in the school
    • CBU hosts special events and community festivals and activities on its campus throughout the year. Some of the festivals hosted on CBU campus are Chinese New Year, the Multiversity Cultural Festival or Diwali, etc
    • Also located on campus is the Beaton Institute, a globally recognized research center striving to promote research and learning through innovative academic initiatives
    • The campus also houses a central library with thousands of collections of books, research papers, journals, research papers, and novels.
    • A wide range of Intramural activities is available for students to participate in. From activities that are primarily on an individual basis to a dual and team basis, students are allowed to choose what they want.
    • To provide a healthy working and learning environment for members of the university community, the school operates on a smoke-free policy on campus with a designated place for smoking
    • There are affordable and convenient buses in Cape Breton Regional Municipality with a bus stop located close to the residence halls to help transport students from one place to another

    Cape Breton University Residence

    • Cape Breton University offers on-campus residence to students of the institutions in a serene, conducive, affordable, and secured environment.
    • There are four residence halls and apartment on campus namely the MacDonald Residence, Cabot Residence, Alumni Hall and Harriss Hall available exclusively to student occupants and secured with electronic keys to restrict access to non-students
    • Family members of the students and visitors on campus can lodge in any of the available hotels in the campus surrounding areas.
    • Students are presented with three unique and secure residence options and can also choose from the traditional single dorm room to an apartment-style set-up with roommates
    • Amenities available on residence hall include WIFI/high-speed wireless internet connection, laundry facilities, shared lounge spaces, shared living room and kitchen, private and shared washroom facilities, restaurant-style dining, stocked pantry,
    • Applicants can apply for on-campus residence after the receipt of the acceptance letter and email address from Cape Breton University
    • Application fee of 25 CAD is required from students applying for on-campus residence. After the residence has been granted, students are required to pay a residence confirmation deposit of 700 CAD
    • There is no deadline for the residence application. However, students are advised to apply early so that they could get their desired rooms
    • Annual prices for accommodation on campus range from 4,300 CAD to 7,180 CAD
    • All students living in dorms are required to obtain a full non-refundable meal plan while students on apartments are required to purchase a 300 CAD meal plan
    • For students who wish to live off-campus, the school has provided a searchable database for students to help them secure a good, affordable, secured and comfortable accommodation on off-campus apartments

    Cape Breton University Programs

    • The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, online education, and pre-professional courses in the fields of Liberal Arts, Science, Business, and Health.
    • It has 4 academic departments namely Schools of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Education & Health, School of Science & Technology, and Shannon School of Business.
    • It is known for its unique programs: Bachelor of Health Sciences in Public Health and Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development program.

    Cape Breton University Application Process

    International students are advised to check their country-specific requirements along with course-specific requirements before applying for Cape Breton University admissions.

    Application Portal: University's Official Website

    Application Fee: 75 CAD

    Application Deadline:

    • Spring/Summer: February 15th, 2021
    • Fall: June 15th, 2021
    • Winter: October 15th, 2021

    Undergraduate Admissions Requirements at Cape Breton University

    International students willing to enroll in undergraduate programs are advised to go through country-specific requirements alongside course-specific requirements.

    • Supplementary Application
    • High School Transcripts with a minimum score of 65%.
    • Essay in 500 words
    • Academic as well non-academic References
    • CASPer test for Nursing program
    • Resume

    Admission requirements for some of the undergraduate programs are tabulated below:

    Programs Requirements
    Bachelor of Business Administration High School Transcripts including advanced or academic English and Mathematics;
    3 Additional high school subjects either academic or advanced level
    Bachelor of Education 1st Teachable Area: 30 credits of University coursework
    2nd Teachable Area: 18 credits of University coursework
    Intermediate /Secondary Teachable: Including English, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Anthropology and Social Studies, etc.
    Bachelor of Science High School Transcripts including advanced or academic English and Mathematics;
    2 Science related Subject in high school;
    1 Additional subject either academic or advanced level
    Bachelor of Engineering Technology High School Transcripts including advanced or academic English and Mathematics
    2 Science related Subject in high school
    1 Additional subject either academic or advanced level
    Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment High School Transcripts including advanced or academic English and Mathematics along with Biology, chemistry, and physics
    2 Additional high school subject either academic or advanced level

    Graduate Admissions Requirements at Cape Breton University

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Statement of Intent
    • Professional Reference
    • Recommendations Letter
    • Work Experience
    • GMAT/GRE score

    Admission requirements for some of the graduate programs are tabulated below:

    Program Requirements Duration
    Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 75%;
    Resume mentioning experience and skills;
    Statement of Desire in 500 words;
    3 Reference Letters including professional and academic;
    GMAT/GRE score; Interview
    1 year or 2 years
    Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity, and Innovation Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 70%;
    Letter of Intent 3. Recommendation Letter;
    Research interest in 700-1000 words (thesis option)
    2,3 or 4 years
    Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics Bachelor's degree with a Grade B including 2 mathematics and Statistics with B Grade 2 years
    Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management Grade B in Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field 2 years
    Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management Grade B in Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field 2 years

    Cape Breton University Cost of Attendance

    For international candidates aspiring to study at the university, it is mandatory to have an estimate of the cost of living in Canada to survive comfortably in a foreign land. Below is the estimated tuition and student fees for the Fall/Winter 2019 – 2020 presented-

    Fees Undergraduate (CAD) Graduate (CAD)
    Tuition 8,040 2,012 (for six credit course)
    International differential fees 8,040 1,608
    International medical plan 744 744
    Fees 985 128
    Housing 5,910 5,910
    Meal Plan 4,744 4,744
    Total 28,463 15,146

    Cape Breton University Scholarships

    The university offers more than 2.5M in scholarships every year, first-year through to graduation. It also supports students through in-course bursaries and paid work-study programs.

    Entrance Scholarships: Students willing to receive entrance scholarships are advised to submit their transcripts and financial need application at the earliest. A minimum of 80% is required in high school to be eligible for an entrance scholarship. The number of entrance scholarships is tabulated below:

    Name Total Amount (CAD) Yearly Amount (CAD)
    Chancellor’s 30,000 7,500
    President’s 20,000 5,000
    Deans’ 10,000 2,500
    Fitzgerald 20,000 5,000
    Schwartz 14,000 3,500
    W.M. Reid 11,500 4K & 2.5K
    Orpha Thayer-Scott 10,000 2,500

    In-Course Scholarships: Students can apply for these scholarships after completing one semester of study at CBU (minimum 9 credits). Students must have an overall average of at least 80%. No separate applications are required.

    The university also offers bursaries to students who have financial needs. A bursary form is required along with income tax assessments for eligibility.

    Cape Breton University Alumni Network

    Benefits of the Alumni Network

    • Networking
    • Access to campus facilities
    • Career services

    Notable alumni of the institution include:

    • Nolan Crouse - Mayor of St. Alberta
    • Jason Massie - Soccer player in Ontario
    • John W. Morgan - Former Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality
    • Gerald Sampson - Former Nova Scotia MLA

    Cape Breton University Placements

    • The university offers a variety of career resources for the students including career advising and job opportunities listings.
    • The Student Development Officers assist students in making their career decisions. They also help them improve their readiness skills like resume writing, interview skills, and business etiquette.
    • CO-OP Education: It is an opportunity for students to earn experience during their undergraduate years. The program also provides wage and academic credits along with an edge in future employment. The program spans up to 12 weeks with a full-time paid position during Fall, Winter, or summer semesters.
    • Work-Study Program: Students may also apply for on-campus employment through the Work-study program. A student with a good academic record can opt for this program. This program can be applied through the student job opportunities dashboard.

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline

    Offered by Shannon School of Business


    7.7 / 10

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline

    $ 6,2101st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline

    Offered by Shannon School of Business


    7.7 / 10

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline



    7.5 / 10
    $ 6,2101st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline


    Cape Breton University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $6,210 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    2 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Application Portal :

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    August 1

    Application deadline

    November 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.5--

    Cape Breton University Acceptance Rate

    60.0 %

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    Cape Breton University enrollment

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $6,210 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $7,770 / Year
    On Campus
    Single Room
    $6,030 / Year
    Double Room
    $4,300 / Year
    Meal Plan
    $5,072 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Program wise accreditation
    Engineering Programs
    Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
    Chemistry Programs
    Canadian Society for Chemistry
    Nursing Programs
    Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing


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    College Rating

    Based on 21 Students Rating

    7.8 out of 10
    8.6/10Social Life


    7.7 /10

    I had decided to join this university for my bachelors degree which it had provided an excellent academic program which I really wanted.I had applied at three other universities but I preferred Cape Breton University.There was an online application form submitted by me through the official website of university and paid around 100 CAD.

    Course Curriculum :

    From this course curriculum I had achieved all the skills and knowledge necessary for achieving goals in this field.It focused on introductory courses to business, accounting, marketing, principles of micro and macroeconomics and much more to help you gain the competitive edge needed in this industry.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.7 /10

    I got to know about this college through one of my friend who also studied there.He told me about all the opportunities offered by it I really liked them.I had to filled an online application form through the official website of the college.And I had paid around 100 CAD as an application fee.I had not applied for any other colleges for admission.

    Course Curriculum :

    This MBA degree offered me a leading edge curriculum that includes all business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, with an emphasis on economic development, leadership, governance and management of change.I had gain Problem-solving and analytical skills,interpersonal and communication skills.I had involved in various applied research projects.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.5 /10

    I heard about this university from one of my one of my cousin brother, who did his bachelors from this university. In admission process, there were document verification, and an interview which was the toughest part of the admission process. The application cost of my program was 80 CAD.

    Course Curriculum :

    The main doctrines of my course were consumer behavior, social media marketing, marketing research etc. In addition to it, i had learned here the skill of connecting with consumers and solve marketing problems that businesses face every day. My course duration was of 4 years which further divided in to semesters.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    I had applied to several universities for my diploma course and also got approval from many of those institutes, but I chose this university over them just because it comes under my budget and also the quality of education it provide to the scholars. The placement rate of this college was again a major factor behind my decision. I had paid $100 for the online application of my course.

    Course Curriculum :

    In my opinion the course was quite short and crisp. It had consisted of all the concepts that helped me in gaining quantitative and qualitative research skills and a better understanding of management and community development. Later I got know about the fact that I could join the NGO's and government firms after completing this diploma.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 extracurricular
    6.7 /10

    I wanted to opt for this university because it is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. Also, CBU provides the advantage of outstanding experiential learning and undergraduate research opportunities in a supportive academic environment. It motivated me to get admitted here through an online application form. My GPA was around 8. The application fee that I had to pay was $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    With the world facing so many complex problems, the knowledge mathematics students acquire at CBU can be used to find success in a variety of fields, both scientific and artistic. These are the kind of skills I gained at CBU. From the modern facilities to the accessible, experienced faculty, I found peace and tranquility along the world-famous shores.

    9 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 extracurricular
    1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS

    Nearby this campus

    • Bus Station
    • Airport
    • Book Store
    • Pharmacy
    • Shopping Mall

    Bus Station

    Cape Breton University0.56 km
    1343 Grand Lake Rd.0.82 km
    Direct Tire0.89 km
    Harding Medical1.03 km
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    Book Store

    Indigospirit - Mayflower Mall4.34 km
    Value Village6.03 km

    Shopping Mall

    Hunted Treasures7.08 km
    Sydney Shopping Ctr7.93 km


    Sydney VORTAC YQY 114.9 096X3.52 km
    J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY)3.63 km
    Glace Bay NDB ZYD 2016.90 km


    Walmart Pharmacy4.72 km
    Pharmasave Pier7.11 km
    Pharmasave Dominion7.13 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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