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Cape Breton University

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Founded in 1974, the Cape Breton University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Sydney (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Nova Scotia. This institution also has a branch campus in New Cairo. Officially recognized by the Department of Advanced Education of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton University (CBU) is a small-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational Canadian higher education institution. Cape Breton University (CBU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 50-year-old Canadian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this Canadian higher education organization an averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. CBU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Cape Breton University's Control Typepublic


Cape Breton University's Entity Typenon-profit


Cape Breton University' Size by Total Enrollmentsmall-sized


Cape Breton University's Selectivity by Acceptance Rateaveragely selective

University Identity

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

Address PO Box 5300
B1P 6L2 Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Cape Breton University Phone Number +1 (902) 539 5300
Cape Breton University Fax Number +1 (902) 562 0119
Other locations New Cairo

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Cape Breton University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Cape Breton University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Cape Breton University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Cape Breton University.

Cape Breton University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
5,000-7,499 US$
(4,555-6,830 Euro)
17,500-19,999 US$
(15,950-18,225 Euro)
12,500-14,999 US$
(11,390-13,670 Euro)
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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Cape Breton University's admission information.

Cape Breton University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Cape Breton University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Cape Breton University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Cape Breton University's acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.

Cape Breton University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Cape Breton University's Admission Office Admission Office

1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney B1P 6L2
(902) 563 1136
800 474 7212

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Cape Breton University.

Cape Breton University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Cape Breton University has an enrollment range of 3,000-3,999 students making it a small-sized institution.

Cape Breton University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 300-399 academic employees (Faculty).

Cape Breton University's Control Type Control Type

Cape Breton University is a public higher education institution.

Cape Breton University's Entity Type Entity Type

Cape Breton University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Cape Breton University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Suburban setting.

Cape Breton University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

Cape Breton University does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Cape Breton University's main facilities:

Cape Breton University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Cape Breton University's Library

Cape Breton University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

Cape Breton University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Cape Breton University's main services:

Cape Breton University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Cape Breton University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Cape Breton University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

Cape Breton University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

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Cape Breton University's Career Services Career Services

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Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Cape Breton University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Cape Breton University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Department of Advanced Education of Nova Scotia

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Cape Breton University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

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

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Cape Breton University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

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

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

Cape Breton University's Facebook page Cape Breton University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Cape Breton University's X (formerly Twitter) page Cape Breton University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Cape Breton University's YouTube channel Cape Breton University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Cape Breton University's Instagram page Cape Breton University's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Cape Breton University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


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