Carleton University: Statistics



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#335 of 14,131 In the World
#141 of 2,597 In North America
#20 of 101 In Canada
#9 of 24 In Ontario
#2 of 3 In Ottawa
#45 of 1,206 For Criminology and Criminal Justice
Top100 For 13 other topics
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Acceptance rate

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate22%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate or recognized foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to May (September - December; January-May). Also Summer Session (May-August)
Full time employee841
Student:staff ratio33:1

We've calculated the 22% acceptance rate for Carleton University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Carleton University is a world-class research university with 48,249 scientific papers published and 951,542 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Quantum and Particle physics, Political Science, and Mathematics.


Carleton University majors

by publication & citation count

24,446 / 470,295
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
24,072 / 428,849
Computer Science
23,266 / 443,575
20,659 / 420,000
Environmental Science
20,397 / 458,847
19,343 / 483,644
16,458 / 381,511
Quantum and Particle physics
14,006 / 289,408
Political Science
13,102 / 213,388
11,769 / 231,294
11,743 / 200,365
11,666 / 181,732
11,585 / 309,791
Geography and Cartography
11,167 / 227,304
10,753 / 265,587
10,042 / 193,035
9,654 / 168,915
9,528 / 268,446
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
9,414 / 150,278
9,407 / 241,116
8,666 / 176,220
Materials Science
8,607 / 171,131
8,356 / 127,458
Organic Chemistry
7,244 / 167,346
7,165 / 191,166
7,080 / 124,818
6,797 / 110,162
Electrical Engineering
6,718 / 105,269
6,630 / 120,611
6,432 / 152,768
6,401 / 160,640
Computer Networking
6,323 / 114,853
5,552 / 88,039
Optical Engineering
5,503 / 103,043
Art & Design
5,184 / 70,115
4,945 / 95,953
Machine Learning
4,276 / 77,738
Mechanical Engineering
3,919 / 57,886
Social Psychology
3,647 / 94,695
3,623 / 113,495

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 454 3234
1991 488 3759
1992 490 4065
1993 493 4056
1994 604 4340
1995 575 4853
1996 618 5457
1997 556 5906
1998 592 6726
1999 623 7010
2000 554 7819
2001 638 8644
2002 701 9854
2003 813 11012
2004 965 12678
2005 1061 14962
2006 1177 17122
2007 1241 19452
2008 1352 21822
2009 1495 25783
2010 1564 28772
2011 1581 30881
2012 1737 35525
2013 1747 41355
2014 1742 43534
2015 1797 44824
2016 2041 46985
2017 2085 49745
2018 2024 54713
2019 2187 62629
2020 2490 73852
2021 2938 92946
2022 2572 83385
Academic rankings


Local studetns Undegraduate, 5967.35-8,509.35. Graduate, 2,303.16-3,912.16 per term (CAD)

Carleton University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Carleton University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Doctorat/Doctoral Degree Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Ethics, Geography, International Business, Law, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Carleton University alumni

  1. Dan Aykroyd

    Dan Aykroyd
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1952-.. (age 71)
    Enrolled in Carleton University
    In 1969 studied sociology and criminology
    television actorvoice actortelevision producerufologistsinger

    Daniel Edward Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Aykroyd was a writer and an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" cast on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 until his departure in 1979. During his tenure on SNL, he appeared in a recurring series of sketches, particularly featuring the Coneheads and the Blues Brothers. For his work on the show, he received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1977. After his departure, he has since returned to guest roles.

  2. Norm Macdonald

    Norm Macdonald
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1959-2021 (aged 62)
    television producervoice actorstand-up comediancomedianfilm actor

    Norman Gene Macdonald was a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer whose style was characterized by deadpan delivery and the use of folksy, old-fashioned turns of phrase. He appeared in many films and was a regular guest on late-night talk shows, where he became known for his chaotic, yet understated style of comedy. Many critics and fellow comedians considered him to be the ultimate talk show guest.

  3. Gavin McInnes

    Gavin McInnes
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    1970-.. (age 53)
    pundittalk show hostwritercolumnistscreenwriter

    Gavin Miles McInnes is a Canadian writer, podcaster, far-right commentator and founder of the Proud Boys. He is the host of Get Off My Lawn with Gavin McInnes on Censored.TV, which he founded. He co-founded Vice magazine in 1994 at the age of 24, and relocated to the United States in 2001. In 2016 he founded the Proud Boys, an American far-right neo-fascist organization designated as a terrorist group in Canada and New Zealand. McInnes has been described as promoting violence against political opponents, but has claimed that he only has supported political violence in self-defense and that he is not far-right or a supporter of fascism, identifying as "a fiscal conservative and libertarian".

  4. Rob Ford

    Rob Ford
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1969-2016 (aged 47)
    Enrolled in Carleton University
    Studied political science

    Robert Bruce Ford was a Canadian politician and businessman who served as the 64th mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014. Before and after his term as mayor, Ford was a city councillor representing Ward 2 Etobicoke North. He was first elected to Toronto City Council in the 2000 Toronto municipal election, and was re-elected to his council seat twice.

All 100 notable alumni

Carleton University faculties and divisions

Centre : Conflict Education and Research Peace and Disarmament
Centre : European Studies European Studies
Centre : Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education Indigenous Studies
Centre : Intelligence and Security Studies Protective Services
Centre : International Migration and Settlement Studies Demography and Population
Centre : Public History History
Centre : Research and Education on Women and Work Education
Centre : Security and Defence Studies Military Science
Centre : Social and Cultural Analysis Cultural Studies, Social Studies
Centre : Study of Stress Processes and Stress Management Health Sciences
Centre : Trade Policy and Law Law
Centre : Transnational Cultural Analysis Cultural Studies
Centre : Values and Ethics Ethics
Faculty : Arts and Social Sciences African Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Canadian Studies, Child Care and Development, Chinese, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Folklore, Foreign Languages Education, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Greek (Classical), Hebrew, History, Human Rights, Italian, Japanese, Jazz and Popular Music, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Music, Natives Education, Philosophy, Portuguese, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Social Problems, Sociology, Spanish, Surveying and Mapping, Women's Studies
Faculty : Engineering and Design Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Design, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Design, Information Technology, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Town Planning
Faculty : Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Health Administration, History, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Law, Management, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Neurosciences, Peace and Disarmament, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religion, Russian, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Welfare and Protective Services, Women's Studies
Faculty : Public Affairs Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Criminal Law, Criminology, Economics, European Studies, Journalism, Law, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Russian, Social Work
Faculty : Science Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Business Computing, Chemistry, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Health Sciences, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Neurosciences, Physics, Software Engineering, Statistics, Technology
Research Division : Broadband Communications and Wireless Systems Telecommunications Engineering
Research Division : Carleton Immersive Media Studio Media Studies
Research Division : Geomatics and Cartographic Surveying and Mapping
Research Division : Sustainable Energy Energy Engineering
Research Division : Technology Innovation Technology
School : Business Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Engineering Management, Finance, Information Sciences, International Business, Management, Marketing

General information

Alternative names CU
Founded 1942
Motto Ours the Task Eternal
Colors red, black

Location and contacts

Address 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
City population 934,000

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