Applying to CBU: A Step-by-Step Guide [3min Read]

Applying to university is an exciting time but with so many postsecondary options to choose from, it can be an overwhelming process. In fact, many students apply to more than one university early-on and make a final decision on what university to attend closer to the start-date of their studies. If you’re still wondering what universities you should apply to, check out our blog: 5 questions you should ask yourself before applying to a university or college.

If Cape Breton University has made your short list of universities, keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to apply to CBU.

Step 1 – Review our Admission Requirements

By now you may already have an idea of what program you’d like to study, but if not, be sure to visit our Academic Programs page for more information. Then, when you’re ready, make sure to review the program’s admission requirements. Once you’ve decided on a program and checked out the requirements, it’s time to apply.

Step 2 – Fill Out an Application and Submit

At this stage of the application process, you’ll only need your personal information and approximately 20 minutes to spare. So, find our application online, grab your favourite beverage and/or snack and get started!

Note: Paper or PDF applications are no longer accepted.

Pro Tip: If you’re a Nova Scotia high school student, skip step 4 by having our Enrolment Services Professionals request your transcripts directly from your high school. Simply check the consent box on the application.

Step 3 – Pay the Application Fee

After you’ve completed all fields of the application, you will be asked to provide credit card information to pay the application fee of $36 for Canadian students and $103 for international students. Hang on to your receipt by printing or saving a digital copy, just in case.

Step 4 – Send Your Official Documents

Documents can be uploaded to the application portal for both domestic and international applicants.

If you are unable to upload to the application portal, documents can be submitted:

  • Via mail
    • Addressed to: Enrolment Services, Cape Breton University, PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada B1P 6L2
  • Via fax
    • Addressed to: Enrolment Services, 902.563.1371
  • Via email

Note: CBU will now accept electronic scans of official documents, per CBU’s General Undergraduate Admission Requirements. CBU reserves the right to request an original transcript from the issuing institution. Once documents are submitted to CBU for admission purposes they will not be returned under any circumstances.

This next step is for those applying from another postsecondary school. If you’ve never attended college or university, skip to step 6.

Step 5 – Apply for Transfer Credits

If you are a student coming from another postsecondary institution, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits. Students must provide course descriptions for all courses they wish to be considered for transfer credit. Course descriptions can be sent by e-mail to

Step 6 – Check Your Email

Congrats, you’ve completed our application process! If you’re applying as a Canadian student, you’ll hear from our team in approximately two weeks. If you’re an international student, your application may take 5 weeks to be processed. Either way, we’ll be in touch by email as soon as possible.

There you have it: Six easy steps to get started with your journey at CBU. We’re excited to have made your top choices of post-secondary studies and we hope to meet you soon!