The University has the Educational Development Centre, which provides the teaching tools and resources to the assistants, faculty and instructors of Carleton. Together with the Queen’s University, College of Canada, University of Ottawa, and the Royal Military College of Canada, Carleton has access to the High Performance Computing Consortium (HPCVL), a supercomputer power which helps solve more complex and complicated problems. Its library, the Maxwell MacOdrum Library, houses more than three million books, government documents, journals, music scores, microforms, archives, maps, newspapers, and rare materials. Its Audio Visual Resource Centre has a large collection of films, and its European and Russian Studies Centre has a big collection of Eurasian-focused materials.
The University has ten Residences available to students who want to live in the campus: Frontenac, Grenville, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew, Glengarry, Russell, Dundas, Stormont, and Lanark. All of them are interconnected to the tunnel system of the campus. This tunnel, an elaborate 5 km of underground tunnels, have murals created by student groups. The tunnels can be accessed by anyone, including those with disabilities. Most of the residents are nicknamed “Tunnel Rats”, “McKeowns”, or “Tunnel Moles”.
Carleton offers these services to students: Awards and Financial Aid, Career Development and Co-operative Education, Health and Counselling Services, International Student Service, Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Student Academic Success Centre, Student Affairs, Student Experience Office, Undergraduate Recruitment Office (URO) and Admissions Services, University Registrar’s Office, and Student Support Services.
The Carleton Undergraduate Student’s Association provides Health Plans, Fax, Ride Boards, ISIC Cards (gives students airfare, Rail fares, lodging, and other discounts; Student Phones, and Red Zone (for sports team fanatics). There are also plenty of clubs and associations to participate in: AIDS Awareness Society, Badminton Club, Biomedical Engineering, Campus for Christ (C4C), Canadian International Modelling Agency, Carleton Industrial Design Students' Association, Dance Association, Debating Club, Engineers Without Borders, Friends Around the World, Holocaust Awareness Committee, International Relations Society, Journalist for Human Rights, Learn to Dance Flamenco, Music Society, Math Society, Neuroscience Society, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Pre-Health club, Resistencia Alternative Films, Red Cross Club, Sprott Accounting Student Association, Student Coalition Against War, The Caribbean Students Association, United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations Association, Vagina Dentata Magazine, Women's Studies Society, and Young Liberals.
Carleton is known for its rare programs in Journalism, Aerospace Engineering, Commerce, Interactive Multimedia and Design, Geomatics, European and Russian Studies, International Affairs, Public Policy, Network Technology, Renewable Energy, and Film Studies. It offers around 60 programs under these faculties: The Sprott School of Business, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Public Affairs, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Engineering and Design, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Some of the most famous alumi of Carleton are: Alex Cullen, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa City Councillor; Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament; Bruck Easton, former president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada; Conrad Black, former businessman; Dan Aykroyd, Actor and Comedian; David Azrieli, Architect, 10th richest man in Canada; Gord Brown, Member of Parliament; Hans Daigeler, Member of Provincial Parliament; James Duthie, TSN host and Journalist; Keith Boag, chief political correspondent for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; K-OS (Kheaven Brereton), Canadian musician; Lindsay Blackett, first black Cabinet minister in Alberta; Louise Charron, Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; Michelle Douglas, Human Rights Activist; Mike Colle, Member of Provincial Parliament; Patrick Boyer, Member of Parliament; Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament; Rita Celli, host for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Taz Boga, Anchor/Reporter (A-Channel Ottawa).
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality. Ottawa is situated on the south bank of the Ottawa River, and contains the mouths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal. The oldest part of the city is known as Lower Town and occupies an area between the canal and the rivers.
Ottawa is home to a wealth of national museums, official residences, government buildings, memorials and heritage structures. The abundance of well-maintained parks (over 800), woodlands and recreational paths stand as a testament to the City's commitment to the environment and connects urban, suburban and rural residents to its vast green space.
Ottawa's focus on healthy living is also represented in a rich array of recreational facilities and programs like summer camps, tennis, public skating and swimming. Ottawa's primary employers are the Canadian federal government and the hi-tech industry. Because major companies have offices in the city, it has become known as "Silicon Valley North."