Facts and Figures
Carleton University

Quick Facts

These figures are based on 2016-17, unless otherwise noted.

Dunton Tower in the distance

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


Full Time: 20,814
Part Time: 4,716

Graduate Students


Full Time: 3,435
Part Time: 608

Total Students


Full Time: 24,249
Part Time: 5,324

Student Housing


Off-Campus: 25,957
On-Campus: 3,616

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)