Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Size: 26, 771
Percent Women: 60%
Tuition (one year): ~ $ 6500 (higher for engineering students)
Most popular faculties: School of Journalism & Communication, School of Engineering
Greek Life: Yes (local and international)
Sport Team: Ravens
Acceptance Rate: 73%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Carleton’s admission page: www.carleton.ca/admission
Why Choose Carleton U?
"I chose Carleton because it was the only architecture school that fit me, there were no good architecture schools out west and I was too scared to move to Toronto after living in a small town. I also really liked the campus. The online pictures looked really pretty next to the canal."
"It has a great Communications program with an amazing staff, and was close to home, so financially and academically it was a great choice for me!"
"Because of the copious amounts of Tim Hortons on campus - Just kidding. But really, lots of coffee shops and food options to fuel your studies all day."
"My choice was narrowed down to the ones in Ottawa, and I chose Carleton because of the amazing school spirit the school has! I am a proud Raven."
"FROSH week is always the best. The best part is that you can relive the experience every year by becoming a facilitator, a volunteer position that's arguably more fun than being a froshie, and is added to your co-curricular record!"
"The sense of community Carleton has, unique in it's own location by the beautiful canal, and only 10 minutes from downtown. The fact that you can walk from one end of campus, rain or shine (shout out to the tunnels!) without having to bus it. It's great."
These are the years to attend Carleton University! The school is constantly expanding and becoming more modernized for future students, and has gone through a complete makeover in the past few years. This includes a favourite building on campus: The River Building (Journalism & Comms) – with an outdoor balcony to enjoy the Canal, this building is equipped with a full-menu tim hortons, a theatre, a resource centre, a hall, and we can’t forget that wall waterfall.
The new and improved MacOdrum Library is complete with more room, more comfy chairs, and it’s newest Discovery Center for all your media/resource needs. Think 3D printers, modernized furniture, and treadmills so you can even get a little workout in while you study!
Of course, Carleton’s good ol’ tunnel system across campus; our saving grace on those rainy, snowy, or freezing cold days.
The Gym, fieldhouse and pool facilities: The new high-tech gym machines and workout equipment do not disappoint and the fieldhouse is great for pick-up sports and is encircled by a track for running and walking. Lastly, who doesn’t like an Olympian sized swimming pool for leisure or laps?
The Vicinity: Surrounded by the Rideau Canal (Dow’s) and the Glebe and a ten minute commute downtown, Carleton forms it’s own community, where you can walk across campus in under 20 minutes, no bussing necessary (although you can if you’re really lazy).
Ollie's, the campus bar: Thirsty Thursdays is always a hit, great for a beer after class, or if you’re looking for a cheap, satisfying breakfast, look no further.
AWESOME little moments at Carleton:
When questioned, many people complained about the cleanliness of the washrooms, the hand dryers not working, not having paper towels, and the lack of outlets in common places that students congregate. The one big complain is the reliability of the Internet access throughout campus.
Ty Clarke notes that the chairs in one of the buildings, Azrieli Theatre squeak and it "drives her crazy."
Mary McPherson believes that there aren't enough healthy food options. She believes that more money would be made off of a smoothie place or a salad bar, something more than burgers and pizza.
New Collegiette on Campus
For many people, the transition to first year university is a struggle as they attempt to find their identity and manage to maintain the grades that got them into University in the first place to keep their scholarship.
Zoe Willey, a first year student in the Earth Science program, says that university life in first year is different, but it is good just the same. She says you learn time management skills which make it manageable.
The first week of school is usually FROSH WEEK for the first year students. There are many activities for the newcomers to get to know each other such as beach days, different events that allow the students to get to know campus together, a concert, and an academic orientation which is an introduction to your program and to your professors.
During FROSH, new collegiates learn the school cheers! Many students experience their first time in Hull, which is essentially the place where 18 year olds can go to clubs legally.
All About Academics
Carleton has made a name for itself not only as an outstanding university overall but having celebrated departments like the School of Journalism and Communication as well as the SPROTT School of Business with a noteworthy Faculty of Engineering and Design. As for the workload at the university, it varies program to program. For Journalism, it’s very intense in terms of deadlines and weekly assignments. Apparenty as an architecture students, who would always say if she got at least 3 student, getting 3 hours of sleep is a good night. To avoid stressing at the last minute and risking a mental breakdown, it is pertinent to manage your time well. Too often, we see a deadline as being so far away that we have massive amounts of time and so we delay and delay until it is the night before the due date and nothing is done.
Although it is true that university is a different set of responsibilities, in that there is nobody pushing you but yourself (and perhaps your parents who are too far to actually stop you from skipping two weeks of class), there are people willing to help. The only difference you have to seek out these avenues of assistance for them to actually be of any aid to you. The advisors who work on campus will pour over your mistakes with you and spend as much as necessary trying to get you out of that Ecology class you had no business in to begin with. People are there to help you; it’s up to you to let them.
Course registration is a dreaded day of summary for the reason that planning the perfect schedule is stressful. The best courses tend to fill up fast, as do the most convenient discussion group times and the waiting lists tend to go on indefinitely.
The MacOdrum Library is a favourite on campus and during the exam period it is opened for 24 hours. It's possible to survive in the library for indefinite periods of time, and with the new addition of Starbuck, and perhaps a pack of wet naps and some mouthwash, the possibilities are endless. For those of you who can’t manage the anxiety that can come with such a quiet environment, you can study literally anywhere on campus. Another option for an all-nighter is a space on the 2nd floor of University Centre in front of windows that case the sunrise beautifully. This spot tends to remind me of the light at the very long and dark tunnel that is the exam period (pun intended).
Learn From The Best
Over the almost two years I’ve been here I’ve encountered professors who not only excel academically but had amazing life lessons to pair with their credentials. For first year journalism I had Allan Thompson, an amazing tenured professor who worked in Rwanda on several occasions and would often bring perspective to the words on the pages of the textbook. Other favourites of mine have been Professor Barbara Bruce’s English 1000 class. Her blatant honesty and refreshing view of the world served as inspiration to wake up for that sometimes-brutal 10 a.m class. Some other favourites were Matthew McLennan’s philosophy course, Erika Balsom’s Film 1000, Canadian Literatures professor Kevin Gildea and British Literatures’ Donald Beecher.
One thing I started doing this year was going to office hours. It always seems a little daunting at first to sit across from these accomplished men and women. But for the most part professors are actually just people, and when you come to talk to them they are very nice about it. Many of my professors have actually begged students to attend their office hours, they have to be there so just do them a favour why don’t you.
As for department activities on campus, CUSS – Carleton Communication Undergraduate Society usually host some very interesting events over the course of the year. They host a pub night with current communication majors to sit around and get to know each other and discuss the ins and outs of the program. Another great event from this organisation is a Pints with Profs event which is exactly what it sounds like professors and student parlay at the on campus pub and spend some down time together. The highlight of the CUSS event year is usually the field trip to either a radio station (like Hot 89.9 this year) or a television station.
The Department of Psychology is filled with inspiring and crazy professors, only the best kind, and they make you want to wake up for those 8 am classes just to listen to them speak passionately about their course. A teacher who can be enthusiastic about STATISTICS can makes all the difference in the world (I'm looking at you, wonderful Prof. Carell).
pic source: http://www.carleton.ca/fpa/
Interests & Involvement
Carleton offers an extensive amount of extra-curriculars and recreational sports that fit every interest from cheerleading, slam poetry, and even the option to join a firearms society! Many people join extra-curriculars like CUSA clubs or Coed rec sports to enrich their university experience and to meet friends. University can be a rewarding and memorable experience if you participate in more than just attending lecture halls. Lasting friendships, new skills and maybe some recognition for potential careers, this is truly the time to get involved!
So how do you join a club? At the beginning of the year, new students are invited to a "Carleton Expo" in which many clubs and activities had booths that offered information to the students on what each club offers (like the HerCampus team!). You sign up to those you're interested in, and you take it from there. If you can't make it, no worries - there are signs all over campus. Not to mention that Greek life plays a major role at Carleton. Many people choose to join fraternities or sororities to bond with fellow students and create strong bonds.
Clubs and organizations provide students with the opportunity to get to know their fellow classmates. Leslie Cowie played rugby in her first year of University and she said that it brings a different aspect to the whole university experience, rounding it off. You have the opportunity to get to know people who are similar to you in more ways than your program.
For more information about clubs and societies on campus, visit: http://cusaonline.ca/clubs/
Carleton's dance team! You go girls!
The reigning men's Raven's basketball team has won the national championship nine times between 2002 and 2013 with five consecutive titles (between 2002–03 and 2006–07) surpassing the University of Victoria at the top of the all-time list! The season is full of exciting opportunities to attend memorable events like Capital Hoops.
RedZone members can attend any Ravens game for free – all you have to do pay a 10$ membership fee (for your t-shirt!) and get ready to cheer on your favourite teams!!
This year after a 10 year hiatus, we also have a football team, which means homecoming season, school spirit, and the Panda game! #FeartheConspiracy
For the women of Carleton(or prospective women) there are many ways to get involved!
Apart from writing for yours truly, Her Campus Carleton there are many other awesome ways to get the Girl Power going on campus!
There are seven sorortities at Careleton if Greek Life is your thing!
Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi (or AOII for short) was founded January 2nd 1897 at Barnard college in New York City. AOII is one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities, and currently has 198 chapters in total. The Gamma Chi chapter of AOII was founded at Carleton University on November 21st 1992 and since then has flourished at Carleton and in the Ottawa community. The official Philanthropy of AOII is Arthritis research and education, and Gamma Chi chapter supports the Arthritis Society by holding a "Strike out Arthritis" event annually.
Alpha Pi Phi
Founded on February 26th 2009, Alpha Pi Phi was established by six women of extremely different backgrounds, united by common beliefs and values. Today, with four chapters in four different Canadian cities, Ottawa, Kingston, St. Catherine’s, and Orillia, as well as a colony in Peterborough, Alpha Pi Phi remains one of the fastest growing sororities in the region. As the Alpha chapter, it is our responsibility to ensure that all chapters follow in the footsteps of our founders by embodying the four pillars of our organization: Sisterhood, Philanthropy, Leadership, and Academics.
Delta Psi Delta
Delta Psi Delta is a Canadian National sorority which was founded on September 15th, 1991 to help the women of Carleton University maintain friendships while contributing in a positive way to the Ottawa-Carleton community. Our Motto, “Our Unity is Our Strength,” describes the way in which sisters are able to work together in supporting their affiliated community through their work with the local Food Banks, Battered Women’s Shelters and by participating in a local MS Walk annually. Delta Psi Delta helps its members achieve a balance between school work, philanthropy, and the social aspects of University life.
Kappa Delta Beta
Kappa Delta Beta is a local sorority at Carleton University that was founded on September 2, 2012. We were founded upon the values of sisterhood, service, scholarship, moral excellence and personal development. Our sisterhood and new membership period aims to foster strong and lasting relationships with not only sisters, but fellow Greeks in the Carleton Community; we promote leadership and academics, helping to make the most out of any young women's university experience. In addition to having a tight-knit sisterhood, one of our goals is to colonize a third international National Panhellenic Conference sorority or women's fraternity at Carleton.
Phi Sigma Sigma
Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig for short), is a sorority of dynamic, creative and passionate women at Carleton University. Every one of our sisters is unique and brings something special to the chapter. Phi Sig was founded in 1913 as the first-ever non-sectarian (non-religious) sorority, and continues to value inclusivity and diversity. It is also the oldest sorority chapter on campus, having been established in 1986 as Pi Theta Phi and then colonized by Phi Sigma Sigma in 1991. Each semester, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma build on years of tradition with new philanthropic endeavors, leadership achievements, and socials.
Tau Sigma Phi
Founded on September 9th, 2007 at Carleton University, Ontario, Canada. Tau Sigma Phi is a group of women bound together by common principles, goals, and experiences. We believe that one of the most important things to a young woman entering university is the feeling of having a "home away from home". The women of Tau Sigma Phi genuinely care for, love and respect their sisters., forming friendships for a lifetime.
Xi Delta Theta
Xi Delta Theta is a local Sorority founded at Carleton University in 1993. Since then we have expanded our chapter to also include women from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. Our official philanthropy is Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Every year at the beginning of February we host our annual A.L.L Spirit weekend in honor of our sister Amelia L’Homme who passed away from cystic fibrosis. Along with sisterhood bonding we host a pub night to raise money. We also devote our time to help our local community through food banks and clean up. Along with supporting many other charities such as Relay for Life and CIBC Run for the Cure, we strive to give back and help others in any way we can.
The on-capus womyn's centre is another great place to connect with other Carleton women. The Womyn's Centre provides a safe space for students to come together, run campaigns, provide support, host events and build equality on campus and in the community. The centre is a key networking tool for Carleton groups focused on issues pertaining to womyn in the Carleton community.
Food & Drink
Let’s just say we don’t have a shortage of coffee shops on campus: 4 Tim Hortons, 2 Starbucks, 1 second cup…It’s a dream, really, and very convenient for studying/ those 8 am classes.
Carleton also offers two separate cafeterias: One for students in residence (off campus students can dine there as well for a fee) which is buffet style. The other Cafeteria, has your standard Subway and Extreme Pita, A&W, and now incorporate healthier options like Thai fusion, sushi and smoothie options. Snacks are available throughout campus, and most vending machines accept credit/student cards! Neat!
There are also vegan & vegetarian options at Baker`s on campus, a nice sit down restaurant, and Rooster`s is always a good time, famous for their pitas and karaoke days.
Ottawa, like most of Canada, have frigid winters and that means it gets quite cold most of of the school year. However, the weekends are up for grabs if you can get over the cold. A nice moonlit (or more realistically street light lit) skating along the Canal, a night out clubbing Downtown or even just spending some time checking out the local places to eat. Other social activities can feature a bus ride to Montreal for a concert or a new scene all together. There are some fraternities and sororities for the Greek life enthusiast, and a 15-20 minute cab ride to Hull for the under19 of you.
Many people always ask about the availability of drugs and alcohol and I will plead the fifth on that one. However I will say, the friends you choose will equal the quality of your social experience. Transportation for the night out in Ottawa is fair easy but not cheap. Taxi cabs’ metres can go up quite fast when you get a bit too adventurous about your location. Most of the time you only have to worry about cabfare back since the bus routes are fairly broad and the buses are quite reliable.
For the newbies to Ottawa: With the help of social media, check out the hottest spots in by checking out tags on Twitter #Ottawa to see what's going on in town! Another great advantage of campus life is he plethora of posters and advertisements for pub nights, events, and fundraisers plastered all over the halls, so grab your friends and join the party.
Dorm life is either a love it or leave it experience for those who choose to live on campus.
Maggie Haun, a first year Sociology student said that she loves how spacious her dorm is and how nice and helpful her res fellow is, but she is not a fan of the meal plan. Many students who have completed a full year of university on residence say that they enjoyed their residence experience, but there are things they would add, especially when it came to the washrooms. Chelsea Cannon, for example, said she liked her dorm, but she wished that she had a sink outside of her room like some of the other residences.
The majority of the students who live on campus are first years, but there are buildings with a mixture of students. There is one residence, Frontenac, which is a second year only building. Even though you are separated by year, you will not be separated by age. There are people of all ages on the floor.
How safe are the Dorms?
Students such as Mary McPherson felt safe because every floor as well as the entrance to the buildings were only accessible via student card and the main entrance requires a personalized pin number that the student chooses. The tunnels and residences are monitored by video surveillance. There is always either campus safety or a res fellow walking around on "party nights" which were Friday nights and Saturday nights.
Dorm Bonding activities
Many of the residences do bonding activities by floor rather than by building. Many floors have regular floor meetings to discuss events, some plan outings to the movies and off campus suppers. In the past few years, the residences have instated "residence proms" in which the students dress up and attend a semi-formal dance.
Ottawa has a lot of cool places, like that tucked away gelato shop on Sunnyside, the haphazard stroll in Byward Market, a leisurely walk down bank or checking out the eatery around. You just have to look! One of the things that will count towards an amazing experience is making yourself get off campus. It can often feel like you live at Carleton rather than Ottawa if you let the siren calls of the tunnels lure you in to a false (or not so false since the tunnels are heavenly) sense of security. I encourage you to get out there and see what Ottawa has to offer, you might just find your own hidden gem. ;)
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