101 – Carleton University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

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About Carleton University

Ideally located at the heart of Canada’s capital, Carleton University is a connected and compassionate research and teaching institution with a passion for driving real change in the world. From our world-renowned faculty to our diverse and passionate student body, we are united in our ambition to leverage the power of higher education as a force for good.

We do this by providing an unmatched university experience to more than 31,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We have helped over 169,000 alumni achieve their dreams, and our more than 900 faculty members are recognized internationally for their scholarship and leading research in more than 50 disciplines.

We have earned our reputation for delivering world-class academic programming with proven excellence in student experience. We continue to rank within the top 5 for student satisfaction and for comprehensive universities across the country.

Our unique location in Ottawa allows us to provide unrivalled experiential and co-op opportunities with government, private sector organizations and technology industries. We embrace these connections – locally through countless partnerships and globally, with over 175 exchange partners in more than 35 countries.

With more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, a wide array of certificate and diploma programs, generous scholarships and plenty of opportunities to gain valuable hands-on practical experience, we have so much to offer the next generation of change leaders.

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Application Deadlines and Supplementary Information

  • June 1, 2023 – Application deadline for the fall term (with some exceptions).
  • November 15, 2022 – Last day for receipt of applications for admission to an undergraduate degree program for the winter term.
  • We encourage you to submit your portfolio or additional information as early as February. Read more about portfolios and other application materials.

Alternative Deadline Dates

Program Application Deadline Supplementary Information Needed Supplementary Information Deadline
Bachelor of (B.) Architectural Studies Mar 1 Portfolio Mar 3
B. Social Work Mar 1 Supplementary application Mar 3
B. Humanities Mar 1 Optional portfolio

Email us for details about the Humanities portfolio.

Mar 3
B. Music Mar 1 Audition Mar 1
B. Industrial Design Mar 1 Portfolio (required) and an information session (recommended) Mar 3
B. Information Technology, Interactive Multimedia & Design Mar 1 Portfolio Mar 3
Note: We cannot guarantee that applications received after these deadlines will be processed in time for the requested session.

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Semester Entry Points

Full-time and part-time entry are available in September and January.

Note: 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, we will automatically consider you for one of our entrance scholarships. An application will be required only if you wish to be considered for 1 of our 25 prestige entrance scholarships.

All entrance and prestige scholarships are renewable with an A- average and you may renew them 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 education costs of your first-year studies.

To be considered for an Entrance Bursary, apply 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

3,604 residence spaces are available, 77% of which are reserved for first-year students. Most of these rooms are double, traditional-style and located on all-gender floors.

There are spaces located on single-gender floors (as demand dictates), as well as gender-inclusive living options. Limited space is available in suite-style residence, double and single rooms.

The residence fee includes:

  • a residence space
  • Wi-Fi service
  • an all-access meal plan that includes unlimited entry into the Residence Dining Hall and dining dollars for meal purchases at other university food outlets.

If we admit you to first-year studies directly from high school by May 13, 2023, you will receive an offer of residence that you must return by 4:30 pm on June 8, 2023.

We allocate the remaining rooms by lottery on June 13, 2023, to those who indicated an interest in their OUAC application and applied for residence.

A $700 deposit is required when you accept your room offer.

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Disability Services

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

We invite prospective students with disabilities and their parents to visit the PMC website for more information on:

Once you have accepted an offer of admission to Carleton, email PMC to set up an intake appointment with a PMC coordinator. We encourage you to book a summer intake appointment to avoid the busy time of September.

We love to hear from you! Email PMC or call 613-520-6608 (voice) or 613-520-3937 (TTY) if you have any questions.

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Enriched Support Program (ESP)

ESP provides an alternative pathway to degree admission for students whose high school or college grades do not reflect their potential. Students enroll in first-year courses and benefit from a network of supports designed to help them qualify for a degree and succeed at university.

Read more about ESP and complete an application.

Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP)

IESP is an alternative pathway program for Indigenous students seeking to enter postsecondary studies in a culturally responsive and supportive environment, or for those students whose transcripts may not accurately reflect their potential. Students enroll in first-year courses and workshops that will prepare them for entrance into a degree program and help them build academic and well-being skills.

IESP students benefit from a comprehensive network of Indigenous-led supports tailored to their needs at each stage of their journey, all while creating strong connections with the Indigenous community at Carleton.

Read more about IESP and complete an application.

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English-language Requirements

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

  • 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 one of the following English-language test scores:
    • Minimum Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Score: 70 (with a minimum 60 in each band)
    • Minimum Duolingo English Test Score: 115 (with no subtest score below 90)
    • Minimum International English Language Test Service (IELTS) Academic Score: 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in each band)
    • Minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score: 60 (with a minimum 60 in each communicative skill)
    • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT Score: 86 (with a minimum of 22 in Writing and Speaking, and 20 in Reading and Listening)

If your language test scores fall below these listed cut-offs, you may still be eligible for admission with an English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR).

Admission with an ESLR allows you to begin earning academic credits toward a degree program while completing English requirements. You would take up to 3 English as a second language (ESL) courses that are geared toward developing academic English-language skills. With successful completion of the highest level of ESL, you fulfill the ESLR and are eligible to begin full-time degree studies.

Read more about 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 its complex intellectual history, DUC invites you, whatever your religious and cultural background, to join them 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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