Predecessor Institutions

Did you know that our Alumni family consists of four other former institutions?

Cape Breton University’s story begins as Xavier Junior College, founded in 1951 under St. Francis Xavier University, as a satellite campus to handle the rapid population growth in Industrial Cape Breton. In 1968, the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (NSEIT) opened with a focus on technology and trades.

The College of Cape Breton (CCB) was established on June 28, 1974, combining the Sydney Campus of St. F.X (Xavier College) and NSEIT into a single post-secondary institution. CCB became the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) – the first university college of its kind in Canada – when it was granted university status in June 1982.

On February 25, 2005, the Board of Governors voted to change the institution’s name to Cape Breton University (CBU).
In 70 years, we have progressed and developed into one of Canada’s most ambitious and innovative universities.

We love all the ways our Alumni family is diverse! If you are a graduate of one of these institutions, we want to talk to you!

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