Cape Breton University

country rank  66
world rank  3031

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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 (uniRank 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 uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 44 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

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student 5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
17,500-20,000 US$
(12,900-14,700 Euro)
Int'l student 12,500-15,000 US$
(9,200-11,000 Euro)
Not reported

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 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 Total Enrolment Range 3,000-3,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 300-399
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to Cape Breton University's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
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)


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

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Site last updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018