A university with butterflies, tunnels, and a superlab?!


I spent a day at Carleton University for a rapid-fire update about the Ontario universities.  At the end of the day, a few counsellors had a quick tour of the campus and now, looking at my notes months later, I realize that I took down rather haphazard tidbits about the university! Rather than try to weave these disparate pieces into paragraphs, I thought I would just jot them down for you with links or images in the hopes that something might pique your interest to explore it further.

Here goes:

  • Carleton has a triangular shaped campus flanked by parkland and the river (which, incidentally, runs through one of the buildings).
  • You can glide to campus along the Skateway in the winter, a 7.8km journey along the Rideau Canal.
  • The campus is 15 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa or you can ride the O train right to the heart of campus.
  • The Department of Chemistry has a very cool Superlab. They also had all of the content of first year chemistry written by the students for exam review on a chalkboard outside one of the labs: collaborative learning in action.
  • The School of Journalism and Communications has all new facilities and labs for radio and tv journalism.
  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Ottawa along the O line can be as low as $700/month. Hydro is going to be expensive though…
  • All the buildings are linked by underground tunnel or walkways. Apparently it is common to see students wearing shorts all year round, even when it is -15 outside.
  • There is a statue of Ghandi outside the Canada India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy.
  • If your marks drop in first year you might lose your entrance scholarship for second year but you can get it back if marks go back up. Don’t give up!
  • There is a year round greenhouse and an annual butterfly show.
  • The campus houses one of three photolithography labs in in North America; it is a microfabricration facility. I’m not really sure what that means, but, then again, I was a French lit major.


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