Check application deadlines and requirements
Admission requirements vary by program. Please refer to the detailed admissions requirements for your specific degree program and educational background.
The general application deadline for fall admission (September 2020 entry) is January 15, 2020. 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.
Note: The deadline to apply for winter admission (January 2020 entry) is November 15, 2019. 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
Current Ontario high school students must obtain your Personal Access Information (login information) from your guidance office before applying online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
- Base Application Fee charged by the OUAC: $150
- 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 MyCarletonOne (MC1) username and will also provide you with important details on how to check the status of your application.
With your MC1 username 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 seven to 10 days for the document to appear on Carleton Central from the time it is received by Carleton 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 will receive an offer package in the mail, however, you can also view your offer electronically 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 the conditions carefully and contact us if you have any questions.
Carleton University will begin to make offers of admission using available grades in February/March. Do not be concerned if you do not receive an early offer of admission. Offers will continue to be made until mid-June. After that date, offers will be made using final marks. If you receive a conditional offer of admission, your application will be reassessed once we receive your final grades to ensure that you still meet the requirements for your program. If you no longer meet the required averages, Carleton will change or withdraw your offer of admission.
Accept your offer of admission and confirm residence
If you receive an offer of admission and wish to accept, you must do so through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website by the deadline indicated on your offer.
If you are admitted to first-year studies on or before May 15, 2020 you will be offered a place in residence. If you received a first-year guaranteed offer of residence and would like to reserve your place, you must:
- accept your offer of admission to Carleton University;
- wait for your application status on Carleton Central to display “Applicant Acceptance”;
- confirm your offer of residence and pay the residence deposit on Carleton Central by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on June 8, 2020; and
- complete the Residence Information Form.
Students receiving a residence offer must make their deposit online by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on June 8, 2020 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 11, 2020. Visit the Housing website for more information.
It’s important to remember that most offers of admission are conditional. 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.