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Last updated: September 19, 2019

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Admission Deadlines and Supplementary Information

The application deadline is June 1, 2020, (with some exceptions). The deadline for Winter Admission is November 15, 2020. You are encouraged to submit your portfolio or additional information as early as February. Email the Undergraduate Recruitment Office for further details.

Official transcripts of all studies must be submitted to Admissions Services.

For most degree programs, academic grades are the sole basis for admission (with some exceptions). Supplementary applications are not required, except for Social Work.

Review instructions on submitting documents that originate from outside North America.

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 cannot guarantee that applications received after these deadlines 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 and January.

Note: Not all programs are available in January.

Part‑time entry is available in May and July; however, not all programs are available for the summer session.

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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 one 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‑” average 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 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

3,606 residence spaces are available, 77% of which are reserved for first‑year students. The majority of these rooms are double, traditional-style and 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 into the Residence Dining Hall and a cash credit that permits meal purchases at other university food outlets.

If you were admitted to first‑year studies directly from high school or CEGEP by May 15, 2020, you will receive an offer of residence that must be returned by 4:30 pm, June 8, 2020. The remaining rooms are allocated by lottery on June 11, 2020, to those who indicated an interest in their OUAC application and applied for residence.

A deposit is required when 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 program are available in residence for those with physical disabilities.

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

  • academic accommodations,
  • support services,
  • transition support,
  • the registration process and
  • documentation requirements.

If you have questions, call 613-520-6608 (voice) or 613-520-3937 (TTY), or by email the PMC.

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Admission Processing Charge

All applicants, except current CEGEP applicants, are required to pay a $67.25 non‑refundable administrative fee directly to the OUAC.

Read more about fees.

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Mature Applicants

You are a mature applicant if you satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  2. you do not meet the normal admission requirements as published in the Carleton University Calendar;
  3. you have been away from full-time studies for a minimum of 2 calendar years; and
  4. you have not attended a university or college as a full‑time student.

Read more about mature student requirements.

If you meet the definition of a mature applicant, you will be considered for admission to one of the following programs:

  • BA, BGInS, BCoMS or BEcon programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • BA program in the Faculty of Public Affairs
  • Degree program in:
    • Architecture
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Humanities
    • Industrial Design
    • Information Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Work

You are required to submit biographical information and a transcript of your most recent studies. You must also satisfy the prerequisite requirements for your program of choice.

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University Transfers

As a general rule, if you successfully completed courses from a recognized university or college, or from selected high school curricula such as International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement, you will be considered for transfer credit at Carleton. All previous studies will be assessed once the Admissions Office receives the necessary official transcripts and course descriptions.

Note: Course descriptions from universities and colleges outside Canada and the US must be certified by the institution. In all cases, the credit you receive depends on:

  • the grades you achieved,
  • the type of institution you attended,
  • the degree program(s) at Carleton you are applying for and
  • the relevance of the course to your proposed degree.

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Enriched Support Program (ESP)

ESP is a full-time program that helps you qualify for university admission while earning first-year university credits.

Read more about ESP and the application process.

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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 English language test scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL iBT Score: 86 (with a minimum of 22 in Writing and Speaking, and 20 on Reading and Listening)
    • Minimum IELTS (Academic) Score: 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 on each band)
    • Minimum CAEL Score: 70 (with a minimum 60 on each band)
    • Minimum MELAB Score: 85 (with a minimum score of 80 on each section)
    • Minimum Pearson (PTE Academic) Score: 60 (with a minimum 60 in each communicative skill)

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 students to begin earning academic credits toward a degree program while completing English requirements. Students would take up to 3 ESL courses that are geared toward helping develop academic English-language skills. With successful completion of the highest level of ESL, students fulfill their ESL requirement 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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