Carleton University

Carleton University is a comprehensive university located in Canada's capital of Ottawa, Ontario. The enabling legislation is The Carleton University Act, 1952, S.O. 1952. The university has been consistently ranked among the top 10 comprehensive universities in Canada. Founded as a small college in 1942, Carleton now offers over 65 programs in a diverse range of disciplines, including public affairs, architecture, journalism, film studies, engineering, business/commerce, high technology, and international studies. More than 2000 faculty members instruct some 23,000 students drawn from over 147 countries, studying for a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree. The University is named after Carleton County, Ontario, which included the city of Ottawa at the time Carleton was founded. Carleton County, in turn, was named in honor of Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, and an early Governor-General of British North America.
Past chancellors include two Nobel laureates; pioneering scientist Gerhard Herzberg and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, as well as six Order of Canada recipients. The Right Honorable Herb Gray, Canada's longest-serving continuous Member of Parliament, former Cabinet minister in the Trudeau, Turner, and Chrétien governments, former Deputy Prime Minister, and acting Leader of the Opposition, is the current Chancellor of the University. Dr. Roseann Runte was appointed the university's president on January 8, 2008, succeeding David W. Atkinson and his pro tempore successor Samy Mahmoud, the previous Vice-President. In 2010, the Times World University Rankings placed Carleton in the 201st position as well as the 10th position in Canada.
– The mean admission grade for 2006 undergraduate entry was 81.7% or an A- in high school studies. Carleton has been included in a number of Canadian and international college and university rankings. Such studies must necessarily make subjective judgments as to criteria and methodology. Carleton was historically known for admitting a high portion of undergraduate applicants, earning it the derogatory moniker of "Last Chance U"; however, since the early 1990s the admissions focus has changed considerably. William Edwin Beckel, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton from 1979 to 1989, had faith that many high school students with poor academic records, who often came from underprivileged backgrounds, would blossom at university. Carleton has also turned around its financial situation, resulting in many improvements on campus. These include, inter alia, the $30 million construction of new athletics facilities and the $22 million, 9,011 m2 Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Institute Facility and Centre for Advanced Studies in Visualization and Simulation (V-SIM). More well-known, perhaps, is the $17 million upgrade and expansion to the University Centre. More recently a green globe designed residence was added named Frontenac House.
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