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So, you’re ready to join the CBU family? This is where you take the first step toward creating an exciting future! Our online application form is just a few fields away. BEFORE YOU GO please take a few moments to review the important information on this page.

  • Our online application is currently only available to new students (students who have not completed an application to attend CBU in the past).  Students may apply on-line only once using the on-line portal. If you have previously applied to CBU, or are a returning student, please see the instructions below.
  • If you are a returning student or if you have applied to CBU in the past, or have recently submitted an online application, but wish to make changes to your application, including changing your program, please email (Canadian Students and Permanent Residents of Canada) or (International Students)
  • Please note that CBU only accepts online applications for most programs, PDF or paper applications will not be reviewed. (Paper applications will ONLY be accepted for exchange students, in-community programs, and MBA in CED and BEd programs).
  • If you are applying for Bachelor of Science, Nursing and have previously completed an application for CBU, or are a current student, please contact for more information.
  • The time it takes to complete the online application form varies by user but 20 minutes is typical.
  • Please note: Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) is full for the September 2019, January 2020 and May 2020 intakes. We are currently accepting applications for September 2020.

All supporting documentation must be official and may be scanned and sent as a PDF (Cape Breton University reserves the right to request the original documents.) 

Original official supporting documents can also be mailed to:

Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

Or faxed to the admissions department to 902-563-1371.

**Official supporting documents include transcripts, credentials and proof of English Language Proficiency. To be considered official, documents must come directly from the issuing institution or be a notarized copy of the original.

New Students

  • The deadline for receipt of applications to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program is Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • The deadline for applications for all other fall semester programs is August 1st
  • To make any changes to your application, you must email (Canadian Students and Permanent Residents of Canada) and (International Students)

Returning Students

At CBU, we’re always happy to welcome our returning students back to the CBU family. If you’ve been away for more than one academic year, you’ll need to complete a reactivation form.  Once completed, you can submit it to the Enrolment Services office in person, fax it to 902-563-1371, or email to

Visiting Students

We are happy to welcome visiting students to Cape Breton University! Please fill out the regular online application.Your Program Applied  For will be Visiting Student, and your Student Status will be Visiting/Letter of Permission Student. You can view our courses offered at: Visiting students do not need to submit transcripts, however a Letter of Permission from your home institution is required before you can register for courses.

Your letter of permission can be sent to, faxed to (902) 563-1371, or mailed to:

Enrolment Services
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Canada B1P 6L2

Special Processes for Certain Programs

Master of Business Administration (Community Economic Development) Students

Please visit the Shannon School of Business for information on the application process.

Applications for the MBA in CED program are available at Application Fees and Forms.

Bachelor of Education Students

For application forms please visit the Application Fees and Forms page or for more information about the program, contact the Manager of BEd at 902 563-1651 or

Master of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation Students

For admission into this program, you must complete a statement of intent, as well as references. For the full breakdown of the application process, please review here.

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

When you apply to the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment, you must submit a letter of interest in addition to the CBU Application.  For guidance as to what is expected in your letter please see our BASE Admission Requirements.

Meghan Donovan
Enrolment Services Professional

Office: Enrolment Services

Phone: 902-563-1166

Emma Flynn
Enrolment Services Professional

Office: B-190

Phone: 902-563-1377