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Carleton in Numbers

Carleton offers a superb educational experience, research opportunities and community partnerships.


Some Facts

  • $55 Million in sponsored research funding
  • 1,000 plus research projects underway
  • 185 new start-up companies since 2010
  • 27,863 Full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • 83% average entering grade – up from 75% in 1995
  • 859 faculty, 1,090 professional staff, 126,000 alumni
  • $42,069,044 scholarships and bursaries awarded to undergraduate/graduates
  • 14 Joint institutes and 29 graduate programs shared between Carleton and the University of Ottawa
  • 24 Canada Research Chair holders
  • 7 Endowed chairs
  • 27 Royal Society Fellows
  • 2 Royal Society College of New Scholars
  • 13 recipients of the Order of Canada
  • Eight 3M National Teaching Award Winners
  • 7 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • 3 National Killam Award winners
  • Programs in more than 65 disciplines including new Health Science program
  • Joint Programming with University of Ottawa and collaborations with Algonquin College, Dominican College and La Cite Collegiale
  • Home to the Carleton Ravens men’s varsity team – record 10 TIME CIS champions
  • 75th anniversary in 2017 – coinciding with Canada’s 150th

Historical Timeline

Carleton’s future promises to be as bright and exciting as its past. As we look ahead to Carleton’s 75th anniversary in 2017.


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Henry Marshall Tory appointed president and board chair of the new Carleton College.

June 18, 1942
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Classes began at the High School of Commerce (now Glebe Collegiate).

September 21, 1942
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Harry and Wilson Southam donate 39 acres of land south of Dow’s Lake.

1947
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Sod-turning ceremony at the Rideau River campus site.

October 16, 1956
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Carleton College became Carleton University.

February 1957
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Leslie M. Frost, former Ontario premier, officially opened the Rideau River campus of Carleton University, consisting of the Tory Building, MacOdrum Library and Norman Paterson Hall.

February 12, 1960
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Students are accommodated in residences for the first time.

September 1962
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Former prime minister Lester B. Pearson became Chancellor.

1969
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Official opening of Dunton Tower and the University Centre.

September 1970
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First degrees in Architecture are awarded. School of Industrial Design is established. New physical recreation centre is opened.

1973
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The Institute of Women’s Studies is established.

1987
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Canada’s first Bachelor of Engineering program in aerospace engineering is established.

1988
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Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture is established.

1992
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Special Constable Program instituted.

1994
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The first Annual Butterfly Exhibition was held.

1999
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Carleton became major stop in Ottawa’s new O-train.

2001
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Carleton graduated its 100,000th student at Spring Convocation.

2008
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Canal and River (now Richcraft Hall) buildings completed.

2013
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Carleton announced New Health Sciences Building.

December 14, 2015