Your educational journey at Cape Breton University is about to begin. Below you will find the detailed steps you should consider before you apply, when you apply and complete the online application and things to consider when your application has been assessed and you’ve been accepted to CBU. Following these steps will ensure a smooth journey and transition to becoming a CBU student.


i.) What program is right for you? Browse our Academic Programs to learn more about our current offerings or connect with one of our CBU Recruiters to talk about program options. 

ii.) Once you find a program that is right for you, review the specific admissions requirements on that program of study page.

Coming from outside of Canada? Review the Country-Specific Requirements and Language Requirements

iii.) Have you studied at a post-secondary institution already? Make sure to visit our Transfer Hub to learn more about the supplemental items including a transfer credit assessment you will be required to provide when you apply.

iv.) Familiarize yourself with CBU’s application deadlines:
June 15th for Fall (September) intake
October 15th for Winter (January) intake
February 15th for Spring/Summer (May) intake

Bookmark our Important Dates Calendar to stay informed about important deadlines.

i.) You will need to create a CBU Future Student Account. You will submit your application via this platform.

ii.) Gather your documentation. You’ll need items like your transcripts, certificates and language scores (if applicable). Your Future Student Account will prompt you for all required documentation, as well as all supplemental documentation (Letter of Intent or References, if applicable).

iii.) You will need a credit card to apply. CBU currently accepts Visa or Mastercard as payment

iv.) Ready to proceed? Head to the next step: How to Apply.

If you are an International student using an Agent to help you apply to CBU, at some point you may need to change your agent.

i.) International students can apply to change their agent by completing the Change of Agent form. This form can be submitted to the email indicated on the form.

Please note that it is not possible to request a change of agent after commission has been paid.

Are you a returning CBU student who graduated from a previous program, or took an extended leave of studies from a current program?

i.) Returning students must have their accounts reactivated at CBU. Rather than follow the traditional process to apply to CBU, returning students should:

  • Complete the Reactivation for Returning Students form;
  • Submit the completed form to, along with official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions you may have attended since your previous CBU studies.
  • Once your application for reactivation has been reviewed, CBU Admissions will be in touch via your personal email to confirm your next steps.

i.) You will need a CBU Future Student Account to submit your application. Once created, please fill out all the required information within the application. All fields marked with a red asterisk(*) need to be filled out in order to submit your application.

i.) CBU accepts Visa and Mastercard as payment for our entrance application.

Please note application fees:
Canadian applicants/permanent residents: $40 CAD
International applicants: $80 CAD

All application fees are non-refundable.

ii.) Once you’ve submitted the application, a link will appear on the submission page. Click the link to be redirected back to your Future Student Account. Here, you’ll see an Action Required status next to your application. Click ‘View’ to be taken to the next step: uploading your documents.

i.) Check your Application Status in your CBU Future Student Account to determine the supplemental items and documents you need to submit such as transcripts, language scores, Letter of Intent, etc.

ii.) You will submit your items under the Supplemental Items and Documents tab. Click the ‘Choose File’ button to select your document. Your file name will appear next to the ‘Choose File’ button. Next, you must upload your documents. You may upload your documents by clicking the text that says “Please click here to upload your document(s)”.  Once you have uploaded your documents, your Submission status will change from ‘Not Received’ to ‘Received.’ Your item has now been successfully uploaded.

iii.) Repeat the above process for all remaining supplemental items or documents.

i.)BEd and MBA applicants are required to complete the Reference Request section. All other students may skip this step.

i.) Check the email you used to sign up for your CBU Future Student Account frequently. Notifications from your Future Student account will be sent to this email address. You can track your application process and receive decision letters in your Future Student account.


i.) CBU Email and Office 365
Keep checking the personal email you used to sign up for your Future Student account. Several days after your acceptance, you will receive an email at this address from CBU IT Services ( outlining your new CBU email information.

Once you have your CBU email set up, you can also set up your Office 365 account to get access to premium productivity tools.

ii.) Compass Student System
The Compass Student System is CBUs student portal. It provides student access to self-service functionality related to admissions, registration, timetables and exam schedules, tracking financials and more.

Instructions for how to access your Compass account can be found at

This step only applies to International students. Canadian students should skip this step.

i.) Your proof of payment will be available for download through your Compass student account within approximately 5-7 business days after your payment is made. Check out the How-To CBU YouTube series for helpful videos.

ii.) Now that you have all of the required documents from CBU, apply for your visa. For more information on this process, click here.

You should also check out International Student Services for information relating to study permits, health plans and more. 

i.) As a new CBU student, it is mandatory that you book an advising appointment. The team at the First Year Advising Centre (FYAC) will help define your academic goals, create a schedule that works for you, register your classes and everything else that’s needed in order to prepare for university.

Students can book their first Advising appointment in their Compass account. Additional instructions to book an appointment can be found here.

i.) Once you’ve been advised, you can register for your courses via your Compass account. CBU encourages students to register as soon as possible after advising, as courses are limited.  Browse the Compass student system and watch the How-to-CBU YouTube series to ensure your registration goes as planned. Registration FAQs can be found here

i.) On Campus Housing
If you require housing, our on-campus residence will be a big part of your university experience. It’s true when they say CBU residence will be your new home away from home. You can apply for on-campus housing once you have been issued your CBU email address by visiting Please note, once you receive an offer of accommodation letter, you must submit a confirmation deposit of $700. 

ii.) Off Campus Housing
CBU is surrounded by close-knit communities that offer amenities like grocery stores, fitness centres, urgent care centres and pharmacies. These communities are home to local residents and students like yourself. Visit to learn more about housing options.

i.) Join the CBU Student Facebook Group to meet your classmates, stay up to date on important dates and exciting upcoming events.

i.) Make sure you are informed about important deadlines regarding registration, finances and more. Visit 

ii.) Week of Welcome (WOW) is held at the beginning of each semester. New students are strongly encouraged to get involved and attend WOW events. Keep an eye on your CBU email account so you don’t miss important information about this fun filled week or visit

i.) International students can defer their admission to any of the dates listed under Alternate Start Dates, on their Notice of Acceptance. If the date to which you wish to defer is not listed on your letter, please contact for more information.

ii.) Canadian students should email to request a deferral.

iii.) When your deferral request has been processed, an email will be sent to your CBU email address. Please note that this process can take up to two weeks.

Please note that deferrals may not be granted (for either Canadian or International students) for programs with limited seats.

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