a very interesting phenomenon---carleton's overall rank is relatively low, but it enjoys high reputation in technical fields. as a competitor in ottawa, carleton is better than OU, which has its own characteristics.
the main reason that carleton is ranked low overall is because its arts and social science programs and the enrollment policies. on the other hand, carleton's EE, CS telecommunication , mechanical and aerospace... programs, i can use a few words to describe:
in 1 word they r 1 of the best in these programs. esp those EE/CS/tele... people, you will find the programs is very useful and related to industries (Nortel, Alcaetel, Corel... u name it),
it is needless to say that carleton's engineering/cs/tele students are very readily to get a good offer in the capital region or out of ottawa