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University College of Cape Breton: Narrative Description


Box 5300
1250 Grand Lake Rd.
Sydney, NS, Canada B1P 6L2
Tel: (902)539-5300; 888-959-9995; Admissions: (902)563-1117; Fax: (902)562-0119; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1974. Setting: 57-hectare small town campus. Endowment: $6.8 million. Research spending 2002-03: $5.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6384 per student. Total enrollment: 3,111. 2,320 applied, 96% were admitted. Full-time: 2,410 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 660 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 11 provinces and territories, 25 other countries, 9% from out-of province, 30% 25 or older, 5% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 63% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Calendar: Canadian standard year. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 3/31 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Canadian resident tuition: $5020 full-time. Mandatory fees: $170 full-time. College room and board: $5130. College room only: $2600. International student tuition: $8520 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Marketing Society, International Students Society, Music Society, MacKenzie Residence Society, Nursing Society. Major annual events: Fresh Week, Sliderama (Muscular Dystrophy), Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access, security for social events, escort service. Option: coed housing available. University College Library with 451,271 books, 88,317 microform titles, 800 serials, 1,850 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $769,000. 206 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Sydney, part of the Regional Municipality of Cape Breton, is on Cape Breton Island, which is at the northeast end of Nova Scotia. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Sydney is an industrial city with a self-contained steel plant. It is also a port city. There are numerous historical sites and recreational facilities. A major restoration project being undertaken on Cape Breton Island is at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park.

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