Transform Your Academic Career at Carleton University

At Carleton University, our highly engaged student body, our award-winning faculty, our strong complement of professional librarians, and our innovative administrative staff work in concert to make Carleton one of the best universities in Canada.

We are excited to have this opportunity to share more information about how you can transform your academic career at Carleton University. For the first time, Carleton has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 employers.

Front cover of Strategic Integrated Plan

Strategic Directions

At Carleton University, our aspiration is to leverage the power of higher education to be a force for good. Our Strategic Integrated Plan (2020-2025) draws on the unique geographic triangle of our gorgeous campus. This symbol frames everything we stand for: the power of higher education and innovation, the value we place on community and collaboration, and the importance of sustainability and wellness. Our strategic directions are:

  • Share Knowledge, Shape the Future
  • Serve Ottawa, Serve the World
  • Strive For Wellness, Strive for Sustainability

Dedicated to Fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within our community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

As an example, we invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about Carleton’s commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion and review our EDI Action Plan.  You can find more examples of our Faculty and Unit-level commitments on their websites.

A Fully Accessible Campus

Carleton is the home of the innovative READ Initiative which establishes Carleton as a Centre of Excellence in Accessibility, through multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral research, education and development toward a world that is accessible and inclusive. This Centre brings the expertise across all academic disciplines and service departments at Carleton into collaboration with individuals and organizations that are committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. As well, our buildings are connected by over five kilometres of tunnels making our university one of the most accessible universities in Canada.  One of our strategic priorities, you can learn more about accessibility initiatives.

Innovative Programs Offered in More Than 50 Academic Departments and Units

We have more than 31,000 full- and part-time students, including more than 4,000 graduate students from every province and territory and over 100 countries around the world. With over 100 unique programs of study offered at Carleton, there is a large array of academic opportunities, including undergraduate, graduate, continuing studies and professional development programs. Carleton has over 50 Academic Units and Departments in five Faculties including the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Public and Global Affairs, the Faculty of Engineering and Design, the Faculty of Science, and the Sprott School of Business. The Maxwell MacOdrum Library provides comprehensive suite of services and supports.

Full list of all Academic Departments and Units

An Intellectual and Collaborative Community of Scholars

Instructor teaching students in classroomAt Carleton University, we have more than 1,000 professors, instructors, and librarians who actively contribute to dynamic and innovative research and teaching and to our national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. We value our innovative contract instructors who include members of the community who teach in their established area of expertise as well as visiting professors and scholars who bring unique new collaborations.

We take pride in the teaching and research excellence by our academics and welcome you to learn more about colleagues through the fascinating stories below.

Work and Wellness

At Carleton University, you are a member of a warm and welcoming community of academics, staff and students. Core to its values, Carleton is committed to providing a healthy, safe and supportive environment that is based on respect, equality, collegiality, recognition and safety.

Carleton prioritizes health and wellness in both physical and mental health aspects. In addition to free athletics memberships for all faculty, instructors and librarians, we also have a healthy workplace initiative on campus that offers a range of opportunities and resources focusing on mental health and well-being. You can learn more about some of these benefits and initiatives on the CU Life page on the HR website.

Explore our Gorgeous Green Campus

Welcome sign on Carleton campus

Carleton acknowledges and respects the Algonquin Anishinaabe people, traditional custodians of the land on which the Carleton University campus is situated. Bordered by the Rideau Canal, the Rideau River and lush parkland, Carleton’s 62-hectare campus is a self-contained community just minutes away from Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa. Carleton’s campus and its surrounding green spaces create one of the most scenic landscapes in Ottawa.

Across campus, Carleton prioritizes sustainability and is proud of our accomplishments. In August 2021, we committed to becoming a carbon-neutral campus.

We invite you to explore our beautiful, accessible campus through a virtual tour or our campus map.

Located in the Nation’s Capital

Parliament Building

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with numerous and diverse groups and institutions. Canada’s capital has a population of over one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character.

City of Ottawa

Ottawa Tourism

An Award-Winning Employer

National Capital Region's Top Employer award logo

In 2021, Carleton was chosen once again as a Top Employer in the National Capital Region. In addition to this award, Carleton holds the following certifications through Excellence Canada, an independent, not-for-profit Canadian organization that is dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada:

  • Platinum Level Healthy Workplace® certification (university-wide)
  • Gold Level Mental Health at Work® certification (university-wide)
  • Gold Level Excellence, Innovation & Wellness® certification (Finance and Administration division)
  • Bronze Level Excellence, Innovation & Wellness® certification (Students and Enrolment division)


To learn more about Carleton University, we invite you to have a look at the selected resources below.

About Carleton

Teaching and Research

University Services