Carleton University: Narrative Description

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1125 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6
Tel: (613)520-7400
Admissions: (613)520-3710
Fax: (613)520-7455
E-mail: [email protected]
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Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1942. Setting: 152-acre urban campus. Endowment: $135.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $53.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5157 per student. Total enrollment: 23,683. Faculty: 791 (783 full-time, 8 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 15,934 applied, 73% were admitted. Full-time: 16,509 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 4,237 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 13 provinces and territories, 155 other countries, 8% from out-of province, 12% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing. Calendar: Canadian standard year. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Ottawa, Algonquin College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Recommended: SAT. Required for some: essay, minimum 3.4 high school GPA, recommendations, interview, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 4/1 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous, continuous for nonresidents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $85 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Area resident tuition: $4672 full-time, $889 per credit part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $2429 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $520 full-time, $73 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $7358. College room only: $5096. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. International student tuition: $11,971 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Major annual events: Orientation, Prep Week, Charity Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,623 college housing spaces available; 2,600 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. MacOdrum Library with 1.9 million books, 1.4 million microform titles, 15,824 serials, 2,661 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.4 million. 550 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

As the site of the Parliament Buildings, the National Arts Center, and many of Canada's finest museums, Ottawa is a vibrant political and cultural center that provides Carleton's students with many unique opportunities. With its impressive network of trails, pathways, and waterways, Ottawa is an ideal location for jogging, skiing, and cycling enthusiasts. Outdoor recreation extends year-round, for Carleton is located beside the historic Rideau Canal, which in the winter becomes the world's longest skating rink, and the site of Ottawa's annual winter carnival.

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