At Cape Breton University, we push the boundaries of innovation and thought leadership to create a global academic experience and build a sustainable future for our island.
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Top reasons to study here
CBU is committed to the future of Cape Breton Island, innovative economic development and sustainability programs, and Indigenous learning leadership.
CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, business, health and professional programs on the first energy self-sufficient campus in North America.
CBU programs, in diverse fields of study, consistently rank well above the national averages in faculty-student interaction and service learning.
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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.
As a university that is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, CBU provides students with the advantage of outstanding experiential learning and undergraduate research opportunities in a supportive academic environment.
Cape Breton University researchers are addressing important issues in scholarly discourses and debate, as well as problems that concern the general public. The research undertaken at CBU is making a difference—to academics, students, and to the community. The projects CBU researchers participate in are original, world-class and respected among other scholars and the public.
The Career Services team at CBU is here to work with you before, during and after your time as a Cape Breton University student. Our staff members consist of Student Development Officers and Student Placement Officers who will work with you on a number of subjects.
As a CBU student, we think your experience should be personally and educationally rewarding. That’s why the services we provide address more than your academic challenges—they also tackle the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges that can make a difference to the level of success you achieve.
Living in residence is a big part of the university experience, and will provide the foundation for so many of the memories you make at CBU. In our residences, students from all over the world come together to discover what it really means to be a Cape Bretoner. From the moment you arrive in your residence, you’re going to feel like you’ve found your home away from home.
We believe that your residence experience should be as enriching and fun as possible. Our residence buildings are always buzzing with activity, and with tons of on-campus societies, there is always something to do!
The CBU library offers excellent instruction and information resources to its users through the selected databases, online journals, newspapers, and books in print and electronic format that are purchased, or access provided to on campus, electronically, and through Interlibrary Loan.
At Cape Breton University, the IT Services Department delivers technology services and support to faculty, staff and students. From networking through educational support, academic and administrative computing, IT Services endeavours to provide the best possible support to its clients. All classrooms have been equipped with smart classroom technologies.
Cape Breton University recognizes the important relationship between mental and physical health, over-all well being and academic success. As such, CBU is committed to supporting students as they develop the skills to enhance well being and cope with challenges. CBU is also committed to providing access to Health Services to support both on and off campus.
Cape Breton University offers three unique residence living options so you can choose the best arrangement for you. From the traditional single dorm room, to an apartment style set-up with roommates, we think you’re really going to love life on campus!
Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex: Located within Cape Breton University’s campus, this cutting edge complex houses indoor and outdoor turf soccer fields; an eight lane synthetic track with a field event venue; a community health and wellness/fitness facility; community outreach programming rooms; various game courts and practice venues as well as academic/wellness programming and research.
The Cape Breton University Students’ Union advocates for high quality, fully accessible education system which recognizes students as the priority. We are the collective voice of the students of Cape Breton University. We create change through advocacy. We inspire growth through engagement.