Cape Breton University

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Cape Breton University is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. We’re one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability

CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site

CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education

Admission Paths

Students may enter Cape Breton University by any of three paths, subject to restrictions of space and program capacity.

  • 1. High school graduates who satisfy the admission requirements of their chosen program.
  • 2. Students who transfer from another post-secondary institution and who are in good standing at that institution and who satisfy the admission requirements for their chosen program. Transfer students may be able to obtain credit in their CBU programs for courses taken elsewhere.
  • 3. Students may also be admitted as non-traditional learners.


The cost of a university education can often be supported through scholarship and bursary programs that offer students an opportunity to apply for monies based on academic merit, financial need or other specific criteria. Through their own hard work and commitment, students entering all academic schools at CBU earn scholarships that are generated through the generosity of donors who contribute to the university’s fundraising efforts. Each year, CBU offers over $1.8 million in scholarships to students beginning their academic careers at Cape Breton University

Residence Withdrawal Policy

A residence student who wishes to withdraw from residence must do so officially by notifying the Residence Manager in writing. A student who withdraws from residence will remain financially responsible for the remainder of the semester, unless they are simultaneously withdrawing from all courses for the remainder of the academic year. Students who officially withdraw from residence and all CBU courses are charged room fees on a proportional basis, calculated in weekly units (based on 16 weeks), in addition to a minimum charge of $250.00 regardless of date of withdrawal


students prefer to live off-campus. Safe, affordable and welcoming communities surround CBU, so you will have lots of options when choosing your new home

Sydney, Cape Breton Island’s largest city, is only 10 kilometres from campus and offers a full range of urban amenities. You will find a downtown shopping district, a shopping centre, restaurants, theatres, a vibrant music culture, public parks and much more

rooms available in four different residence buildings with a wide range of living arrangements to choose from: traditional, double room dorms; single rooms; suites; super, single rooms and apartment- style units


At Cape Breton University there’s always something to do. And with students from more than 40 countries living and working on campus, you can always gather new and old friends to check out the happenings! CBU also hosts a number of special events and community gatherings throughout the year. Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Multiversity Cultural Festival or WinterFest, just to name a few. Be sure to visit our events calendar daily to keep up with the action