Carleton University is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is situated on unceded Algonquin territory beside the historic Rideau Canal, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carleton University was founded in 1942 to meet the needs of veterans returning from the Second World War and to help provide the young people in Ottawa, many of whom had taken on jobs to cope with the pressures of the Depression, with an opportunity to continue their formal education.
Since those early days, it has grown to become a leading university recognized for its leadership in teaching, research, community engagement and interdisciplinary study. Carleton University’s roots as a non-denominational college supported in part by charitable donations from the Ottawa community make it unique among Ontario universities.
From its humble beginnings on Ottawa’s First Avenue, Carleton has grown into a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of anticipating and leading change. Today, the university sits on more than 100 acres, on a site between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, just a short distance from downtown Ottawa.
The university provides an excellent education and experience to its more than 24,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its more than 875 academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines.