Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

Nova Scotia, Canada | Public


Cape Breton University also known as CBU is the only post-secondary degree-granting institution on Cape Breton Island in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. The University was first established in 1951 as Xavier Junior College and offers various programs covering subject areas in engineering, biology, ethnomusicology, marketing, nursing, and education. As a public University, CBU has the lowest tuition and fees of any university in the district.

Cape Breton University is ranked 67 in the country rank and 2906 in the world rank UniRanking. In the Ranking Web of Universities CBU was ranked 62 by country and 2713 in the world rank. CBU is a full member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), and the Associate Member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).




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Cape Breton University is located in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cape Breton Regional Municipality often referred to as CBRM, is the economic heart of Cape Breton Island. Having a population of 94285, the region is home to a notable cluster of government services, social enterprise, and private sector companies. CBRM is host to numerous cultural landmarks and tourist destinations such as the Celtic Colours International Festival, the Cape Breton Centre for Craft, the Highland Arts Theatre, and the Fortress of Louisbourg national park site. Transportation is served by Maritime Bus that connects North Sydney and Sydney to the mainland via Whycocomagh and Wagmatcook. The Public transit service is delivered by Transit Cape Breton, which offers thirteen bus routes within the municipality, serving the region's larger communities.


Cape Breton University is well equipped with top-notch facilities and services for its students, staff, and faculty. One of such is the IT Services department that provides the best possible support to students and staff, from networking through educational support, academic and administrative computing. All The University’s classrooms are furnished with smart classroom technologies. Wireless networking is available campus-wide. CBU provides a Campus Health Service - The Max Bell Health Centre, as well as the Cape Breton Health &Wellness Facility and the CBU Library.

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CBU students can choose to live either on campus or off campus. The University has three unique and secure residence options: The Cabot Residence which offers apartment-style dorms, Alumni Hall which provides traditional dorm rooms or trendy apartment-style living spaces, and the Harriss Hall where you’ll find single and private dorm rooms. All residence buildings are accessible to student occupants only with secure entryways that require electronic keys for access.

The University also provides an off-campus housing portal, where students can access off-campus accommodation options from a searchable database.


Cape Breton University has a faculty to student ratio of 1:17, comprising of 229 academic staff and 4,105 students of which 3,736 are undergraduates and 364 are postgraduates as at 2018. The university has a total of 221 Administrative staff. The academic staff of the University is highly skilled professionals in their fields.

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Graduates of Cape Breton University apply their degrees to career paths all over the world. CBU’s Work/study co-op programs in many disciplines help co-op students find relevant employment. Being a notable University, graduates of CBU stand a high chance of securing employment.

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