Cape Breton University

country rank  67
world rank  2911

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University Overview

Founded in 1974, Cape Breton University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Sydney (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Nova Scotia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): New Cairo. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton University (CBU) is a small (EduListing enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Cape Breton University (CBU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 46 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this Canadian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym CBU
Founded 1974 Origins date back to 1951
Motto Experience the Possibilities
Colours Orange, green, black and gray

University Location

Address PO Box 5300
Sydney (population range: 50,000-249,999)
B1P 6L2 Nova Scotia
T +1 (902) 539 5300
F +1 (902) 562 0119
Other locations New Cairo

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
17,500-20,000 US$
(12,900-14,700 Euro)
12,500-15,000 US$
(9,200-11,000 Euro)
Not reported

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney B1P 6L2
+1 (902) 563 1136
800 474 7212

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 3,000-3,999
Academic Staff 300-399
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Cape Breton University's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission MPHEC
  • Association of Atlantic Universities AAU
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada AUCC

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Universities Canada (UC)
  • Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Academic Structure


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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020