PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2
Not available online
Contact Dr. Robert Bailey
Vice-President, Academic and Professional Studies (Provost)
Cape Breton University (CBU) is an Atlantic Canadian post-secondary education leader, with a growing national and international focus. Located on Canada’s stunning east coast, near Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton University serves more than 3,000 students from the local area, other parts of Canada and international students from more than 27 countries.
Personalized education is key at Cape Breton University focusing on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and technology tools to support undergraduate education.
A primarily undergraduate university, CBU is deeply involved in community development, providing outstanding applied research opportunities for students and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. As well, the university is known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal postsecondary education with an Aboriginal alumni family of more than 500 and CBU is home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development.
Virtually all Cape Breton University degree, diploma and certificate programs offer a strong transition-to-work component through co-op education, work placements, internships and work-study programs. Agreements and partnerships with other institutions further expand learning and exchange opportunities for students, as do extensive distance education programs.
Cape Breton University values accessibility and a strong campus life experience, featuring facilities that are as important to the community as they are to students: art galleries, a theatre, gymnasium, outdoor stage and courtyard, conference facilities and library. A strong and active students’ union facilitates many activities, clubs and societies, from ethnic associations to debating, philosophy and music.
Recently, the campus has expanded to meet the needs of its diverse student body. CBU has opened Harriss Hall, a new residence accommodation and dining hall; welcomed the addition of the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex; and has made a commitment to solving global energy and environmental issues through the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. As well, in 2012 the Shannon School of Business opened the doors to its new home. This state-of-the-art building is equipped with classroom space, meeting rooms and the technological tools needed to support tomorrow’s business leaders. Cape Breton Island is consistently ranked as the top island destination in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine and placed in the top 20 in National Geographic’s Best of the World 2013 list. Sydney, Nova Scotia, offers students the best of both worlds, with a population of about 75,000 people, the community has the amenities of a large city with the welcoming and supportive atmosphere of a small town. Combined with strong Celtic roots and breathtaking scenery, an education at Cape Breton University provides a multi-faceted experience.
Canadian student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,727 - $5,749
Graduate ** tuition fees: $11,287 - $12,309
International student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $12,130
Graduate ** tuition fees: $18,690
* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.
** Fees for programs in MBA business.
Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.
2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 2,590
Full-time (graduates): 200
Part-time (undergraduates): 550
* Source: Association of Atlantic Universities