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Admission Policy for International Baccalaureate (IB) Students

The IB Diploma is accepted as a credential for admission to degree programs. The minimum IB diploma score needed for admission is 24. IB Certificate applicants will be considered individually based on coursework. IB students must have completed IB English and four other IB courses. Additional requirements may apply to specific programs. Program specific admission requirements must be adhered to.

Early Admission

Students may apply for early admission, commencing September 15 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high school transcript to the Admissions Office by  June 30 of their graduating year or the offer of admission may be withdrawn.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 over $1.8 million 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: