Admission Requirements

Home-schooled students applying to Carleton are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education in one of the following ways:

  1. Through final grades in six Grade 12 U/M, including prerequisites for the program, obtained through a Ministry approved provider of courses related to the OSSD. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six Grade 12 U/M or equivalent courses.
  2. Through credentials (including prerequisite courses) from other jurisdictions, such as results in Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced Level courses in the General Certificate Education (GCE) examinations.
  3. In certain cases, homeschooled students may also gain entry to the university by studying as a Special (non-degree) student first and then transferring to a full-time degree program. Please contact Admissions Services to speak with an advisor about this option. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships but will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

All homeschooled applicants should also submit biographical information (approximately 500 to 1000 words outlining your goals, what you expect to gain from a university education and why you feel you will be successful in your studies)

In the absence of final grades in courses as defined above:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests (quote codes below) such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 in each SAT component or a composite ACT score of 24. Note: Some programs may require higher scores
  • If you are planning on using SAT or ACT scores as a basis of admission, please contact admissions services about ways to meet the prerequisite requirements as they cannot be satisfied using standardized tests.
  • If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
  • SAT CODE: 0854
    ACT CODE: 5376

The Application Process


Check application deadlines and requirements

The general application deadline for admission to Carleton University for the fall term (September to December) is June 1, 2024. Please note, some programs have earlier application deadlines.


The deadline to apply for admission to Carleton University for the winter term (January to April) is November 15, 2023. 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.

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 360, our student portal, 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 360. Be sure to check your application frequently and contact us with any questions you may have.


Send in additional documentation before deadlines

Through the admissions portal in Carleton 360, you will be able to view any additional documents necessary for your application assessment. You can also upload a .pdf version of any requested documents directly to your application.

If official documents are required, they can be sent directly from the institution to Carleton University at:

Admissions Services
Carleton University
315 Pigiarvik (ᐱᒋᐊᕐᕕᒃ)
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6

Please do not send duplicate documents until you have confirmed with Admissions Services that additional copies are required.

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


Receive admission decision

You will view your offer package in Carleton 360 by clicking on the View Offer Details link on the application page. Important information about your degree program, scholarship offer (if applicable) 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.


Accept your offer of admission

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.

Students coming into first year who have not been offered guaranteed residence can still apply here: housing.carleton.ca/students-entering-first-year-studies. Applications will be considered and spaces will be offered in waitlist order, as they become available.

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.

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