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  About Carleton

Founded in 1942 and situated just minutes away from central government headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton describes itself as Canada’s ‘capital university’.

It was the first private, non-denominational college in Ontario, established largely as a way for young people adversely affected by the Depression to continue their formal education.

Carleton is now a public university with an operating budget of around $390 million. It receives additional research funding of close to $60 million, and awards scholarships and bursaries worth up to $18 million.

Just south of the city centre, the university’s campus sits within 100 acres of land and lies between the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal. It also has a five kilometre network of underground tunnels that connect all of the university’s buildings.


Many of Ontario’s leading high tech companies surround our campus where cutting-edge research joins with highly innovative teaching to solve real-life problems.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors to Carleton University can take advantage of what Ottawa has to offer all year around: the arts, the outdoors, professional sports, and an exciting, vibrant night life and a strong sense of community.

Carleton University is close to Canada’s majestic Parliament Buildings, the bustling Byward Market, and the beautiful Gatineau Park.

From the internationally-renowned National Gallery of Canada, and the National Arts Centre, to the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the restaurants, shops and cafes of the city’s dynamic downtown core, Ottawa has something for everyone, year ’round, and accessible via Ottawa’s comprehensive public transit system. To find out more about all that Ottawa has to offer please visit:Ottawa Tourism