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Individuals who have attended or are currently enrolled in a CEGEP and would like to begin studies at Carleton.


Check application deadlines and requirements

CEGEP applicants who have successfully completed 12 pre-university courses will be considered for admission to first year, without any advanced standing. The overall average required is dependent upon the degree or program for which the student is applying. CEGEP applicants who have successfully completed more than 12 pre-university courses will be considered for admission with advanced standing based on the number of courses in excess of 12 and not to exceed 5.0 transfer credits. All applicants should note that failures in their CEGEP studies can adversely affect their admissibility. Admission requirements vary by program.

The general application deadline for Fall admission (September 2018 entry) is June 1, 2018.

Please note, some programs have earlier application deadlines and may also require portfolios or additional documents. Find out more about the programs with additional admission requirements.


The deadline to apply for Winter admission (January 2018 entry) is November 15, 2017. Only a limited number of programs permit entry in the winter term. Please see the January Admissions webpage for program availability.


Apply online and track application

Apply online at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website.

  • Base Application Fee charged by the OUAC: $156
  • Admission Processing Fee charged by the OUAC on behalf of Carleton University: $64.50
  • Fee for each university/program choice beyond the initial base three university choices: $50

Within five days of submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming that we received your application. This email will contain your Carleton applicant number and also provide you with important details on how to check the status of your application. You will also receive this information as part of an acknowledgement package that will be mailed to you.

Your acknowledgement email contains your Carleton applicant number. With your applicant number you can access Carleton Central and check the status of your application at any time. If we are missing documents or need more information to process your application, we will post this information on Carleton Central. Be sure to check your application frequently and contact us with any questions you may have.


Send in additional documentation before deadlines

If you’re applying to a program with specific application requirements, you’ll also be required to provide additional documentation to support your application.

If you are sending paper documents, it may take up to 7 – 10 days for the document to appear on Carleton Central from the time it is received by the University. Please do not send duplicate documents until you have confirmed with Admissions Services that additional copies are required.

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to prove your language proficiency.


Receive admission decision

You can view your full offer package through Carleton Central by clicking on the View Offer Details link on the Application Summary page. Important information about your degree program, scholarship offer (if applicable), financial assistance, residence and more is included with your offer. Any conditions associated with your offer will appear in your offer letter – please review them carefully and contact us if you have any questions.


Accept your Offer of Admission and confirm residence

If you receive an Offer of Admission and wish to accept, you must do so by the date indicated on your offer letter in order to reserve your space in the program. To accept your Offer of Admission, go to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website.

If you are admitted to first-year studies directly from high school or CEGEP on or before May 15, 2018 you will be offered a place in residence. If you wish to accept your offer of residence you must:

  1. Accept your offer of admission to Carleton University.
  2. Visit the Housing website and click on Guaranteed First Year Students. Once you have read the information, you will be linked to Carleton Central where you will be able to accept your offer of residence by paying the deposit and completing the online application. The deposit is payable by Interac or credit card.

Students receiving a residence offer must make their deposit online by 4:30 p.m. (EST) June 7, 2018 or they will lose their guaranteed space in residence.

If you do not receive a residence offer, you may apply by submitting a residence application to be included in the lottery for remaining spaces taking place on June 12, 2018. Visit the Housing website for more information.

It’s important to remember that most Offers of Admission are conditional Offers of Admission. Make sure to review the information on how to maintain your conditional Offer of Admission.

Once you accept your Offer of Admission, the next thing to do is plan your registration.