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Quick Facts

These figures are based on 2015-16, unless otherwise noted.

The University

  • Founded in 1942
  • 2016-2017 Operating budget of $446 million (excluding ancillaries)
  • Situated on 62 hectares just south of Ottawa’s city centre. Bordered by the Rideau River, the historic Rideau Canal, and pleasant residential neighbourhoods
  • Five kilometres of underground tunnels conveniently link the University’s buildings


Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students


Total Students


Students in Residence


Faculty, Staff and Alumni

Faculty Members


Staff Members


Contract Instructors


Graduate Teaching Assistants


Library Staff


Carleton Alumni


Employed Retired Faculty



Research Funding (2015-16)

$67.5 M

Scholarships and Bursaries awarded (2014-15)

$19 M

Students received OSAP


The above data has been provided by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Research funding data includes internally sponsored research.

Trends and Growth

“Our student body has grown in quality and achievement and we can take justifiable pride in our students’ accomplishments.” – President Runte

Over the Last 10 Years

  • Carleton’s student body has grown by 18% over the last 10 years
  • Graduate enrolments have increased significantly by 18% at the Master’s level and 36% for the Ph.D.
  • Our students’ entering average has risen. The profile of our entering students has changed over the last 10 years with an 8% increase in the percentage of students with averages over 80%
  • The number of courses offered has increased by 20% for undergraduates and 31% for graduates and the number of courses with 40 or fewer students has increased by 39%
  • The number of new programs has increased by 38%
  • The number of co-op placements has increased by 277%
  • Student satisfaction rates have increased by over 11%
  • The number of students in residence has increased by 32%
  • Carleton’s international student population has increased by 50% over five years (2010-2016)