Canadian Applicants

Admission Requirements by Province or Territory

Home Schooled Students

CBU welcomes applicants from home schooled students.

Home schooled applicants must also meet our general entrance requirements. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should provide as much supporting information as possible, including:

  • A letter from the applicant detailing their educational goals
  • A writing sample from the applicant
  • Information from the educator about the curriculum followed
  • List of textbooks used/books read
  • Any available transcripts
  • Results of any standardized testing (i.e. SAT or ACT)
  • For any program requiring Pre-Calculus, we require completion of CBU’s Math Readiness Assessment
  • Additional course-specific assessments may be required for admission

If you have questions, please contact or 902-563-1330.

Early Admission

Students must be at least 16 years of age to apply. Students may apply for early admission, commencing September 30 of the year in which they are registered in Grade 12.

Early admission is available to those students who have an average of at least 75% in the required courses at the Grade 11 level and are currently registered in the Grade 12 courses that satisfy the admission requirements for the academic programs to which they are applying. Early admission does not apply to the Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

Students applying for early fall admission must arrange to have  their final Grade 11 marks and proof of registration in their Grade 12 courses (for both semesters where applicable) sent to CBU at the time of application. Admission will be conditional, pending the successful and satisfactory completion of program requirements.

All students who are offered early fall admission must submit an official high school transcript to the Admissions Office by  June 30 of their graduating year or the offer of admission may be withdrawn.

Please note the information below if you wish to be considered for an entrance scholarship.


Each year, CBU offers more than $2.6M in scholarships to students beginning their academic careers at Cape Breton University. For more information on scholarships and bursaries, criteria, policies and required supporting documents, visit or email: