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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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Application Deadlines and Supplementary Information

The application deadline is June 1 (with some exceptions). The deadline for January (winter) Admission is November 15. You are encouraged to submit your portfolio or additional information as early as February. Please contact the Undergraduate Recruitment Office for further details.

Alternative Deadline Dates

Program Application Deadline Supplementary Information Needed Supplementary Information Deadline
B. Architectural Studies Feb 1 Portfolio Mar 1
B. Social Work Feb 1 Supplementary Application Mar 1
B. Humanities Mar 1 Portfolio Mar 1
B. Music Mar 1 Audition Mar 1
B. Industrial Design Mar 1 Portfolio (required) and an information session (recommended) Apr 1
B. Information Technology, Interactive Multimedia & Design Mar 1 Portfolio Mar 1
B. Journalism Mar 1 None n/a
B. Journalism and B. Humanities Mar 1 None n/a

Note: We may receive applications may be received after these deadlines with no guarantee that they will be processed in time for the session requested.

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Semester Entry Points

Full‑time or part‑time entry is available in September or January. Not all programs are available in January.

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At Carleton University, we reward academic excellence and recognize financial need with generous scholarship and bursary programs.

If you are entering Carleton with a high school average of 80% or higher, you will automatically be considered for 1 of our entrance scholarships. An application will only be required if you wish to be considered for one of our 24 prestige entrance scholarships.

All entrance and prestige scholarships are renewable with an “A‑” standing and may be renewed over the first 4 years of undergraduate study.

A Carleton University Entrance Bursary, granted on the basis of financial need, will provide you with additional funds to help you meet the direct education costs of your first‑year studies.

To be considered for an Entrance Bursary, apply online on the Awards Office website. For more information about our scholarships and bursary programs, government student loans and our work‑study program, visit the Awards Office website or phone us at 613‑520‑3600.

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Residence Accommodation

3,606 residence spaces are available, 77% of which are reserved for first‑year students. The majority of rooms for students in first‑year studies are double, traditional-style, located on all-gender floors.

There are a limited number of spaces located on single‑gender floors (as demand dictates).

The residence fee includes the following:

  • a room,
  • internet service and
  • an all access meal plan that includes unlimited entry in the Residence Dining Hall and a cash credit that permits meal purchases in other university food outlets.

If you were admitted to first‑year studies directly from high school by May 15, 2018, you will receive an offer of residence that must be returned by 4:30 pm, June 7, 2018. The remaining rooms are allocated by lottery on June 12, 2018, if you indicated an interest on your OUAC application and applied for residence.

A deposit is required once you accept your room offer.

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Disability Services

Carleton University provides individualized academic accommodations and a wide range of support services for students with disabilities through the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC).

All main buildings on campus are connected by a common tunnel system that facilitates ease of travel during the winter months. Accessible rooms and a 24‑hour Attendant Services program are available in residence for those with physical disabilities.

Prospective students with disabilities are encouraged to visit the PMC’s website for more information on:

If you have questions, please contact us at 613-520-6608 (voice), or 613-520-3937 (TTY), or pmc@carleton.ca.

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English‑Language Requirements

You can prove your English-language proficiency in a number of ways:

  • You can demonstrate that you have studied for the last 3 years (full‑time in an academic program) in a high school, college or university in a country where the primary language is English, and in a school where the language of instruction is exclusively English (e.g., in a British, American or Australian curriculum or the International Baccalaureate).
  • If you cannot demonstrate 3 full-time years in an English-language school as outlined, you must submit 1 of the English‑language test scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL Score: 580 PBT; 86 iBT with a minimum of 22 on Speaking and Writing, and 20 on Listening and Reading
    • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 with no band below 6
    • Minimum CAEL Score: 70
    • Minimum MELAB Score: 85 overall with no section below 80
    • Minimum Pearson (PTE Academic) Score: 60 overall (minimum 60 in each communicative skill)

If your language test scores fall below these listed cut-offs, you may still be eligible for admission through Carleton’s Foundation program.

The Foundation program allows you to begin earning academic credits toward your degree program while completing English requirements. The program is composed of up to 3 ESL courses that are geared toward helping you develop your academic English-language skills. If you successfully complete the Foundation program, you will be eligible to begin full‑time degree studies.

Find more information for international applicants.

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Affiliated University Colleges

Dominican University College (DUC) is a bilingual university specializing in fully accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in Philosophy and Theology.

DUC is located in the heart of Ottawa, a few steps from Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada. It is heir to the Catholic Dominion tradition of teaching Philosophy and Theology that dates back to the founding of the first European universities in the 13th century. Building on this rich tradition, with its outstanding faculty, small classes and generous scholarship programs, DUC attracts students from across Canada and around the world.

If you have a keen desire to learn and explore our complex intellectual history, DUC invites you, whatever your religious and cultural background, to join us in an environment of amicable dialogue and critical reflection.

DUC also offers bilingual 1‑year transition programs to assist high school students in the transition to successful university studies. Students earn first‑year credits in areas such as ethics, history of ideas, critical thinking and languages, which qualify them for more advanced studies in philosophy, theology and the humanities in general.

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Contact Information

Carleton University
Undergraduate Recruitment Office
315 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON  K1S 5B6

Telephone: 613‑520‑3663
Toll‑free: 1‑888‑354‑4414 (within Canada)
Fax: 613‑520‑3847
Email: liaison@carleton.ca
Website: www.carleton.ca or http://admissions.carleton.ca
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