Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University (CBU) is a public, co-ed, primarily undergraduate university located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the only post-secondary degree-granting institution within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and on Cape Breton Island. The university is enabled by the Cape Breton University Act passed by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Prior to this, CBU was enabled by the University College of Cape Breton Act (amended). The University College of Cape Breton’s Coat of Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 27, 1995.

CBU is an ordinary (full) member of Universities Canada (UC), the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).


Cape Breton University has ranked 19th in the MacLean’s primarily undergraduate university rankings for 2022, and 46th in their 2022 reputational survey. The university ranked 6th overall in their 2021 student satisfaction survey.


Cape Breton University is accredited under the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Universities Canada (UC), Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Additionally, all four tracks of the Nursing program are accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and two Engineering programs accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).