Check application deadlines and requirements
Special Students may be admitted to a degree program if their academic achievement at Carleton University indicates a reasonable probability of future academic success. Previous post-secondary studies at other institutions will also be taken into consideration at the time the application for admission is evaluated. Students with previous, unsuccessful post-secondary studies should contact Admissions Services before attempting to qualify for admission on the basis of studies as a Special Student.
A Special Student can normally be considered for admission to a General degree program in the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science, after completing 4.0 credits in Good Standing. Students applying to other degree programs should contact Admissions Services. Students are not usually considered for admission until the necessary prerequisites have been successfully completed in addition to the 4.0 approved credits (or the equivalent). Learn more about prerequisite subjects.
If fewer than 4.0 credits have been completed, a Special Student will be considered for admission after successful completion of:
- 2.0 full credits (or the equivalent) with a CGPA of 8.00 or higher, or
- 2.5 full credits (or the equivalent) with a CGPA of 7.00 or higher, or
- 3.0 full credits (or the equivalent) with a CGPA of 6.00 or higher, or
- 3.5 full credits (or the equivalent) with a CGPA of 5.00 or higher
The general application deadline for fall admission (September 2020 entry) is June 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.
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
As an internal applicant, apply directly using our online application for Carleton students. If you require help with the application, you can email us. You are required to reveal all previous secondary and post-secondary studies (whether they were successfully completed or not) when completing the application for admission.
Within five days of submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming that we received your application. This confirmation email will provide you with important details on how to check the status of your application. If we 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.
Receive admission decision
You will receive an admission decision within four to six weeks upon review of your most recent grades and/or the result of your Academic Performance Evaluation. If you are admitted, 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, 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.
Accept your offer of admission
If you receive an offer of admission and wish to accept, you need to confirm by the date indicated on your offer letter in order to reserve your space in the program. Log in to Carleton Central and accept your offer on the Admission Offer Details page.
It’s important to remember that most offers of admission are conditional. Make sure to review and note any conditions identified in your offer. You will need to fulfill all conditions before starting your program.
You may apply for a space in residence by submitting an application to be included in the lottery to be held on June 11, 2020. Visit the Housing website for more information.
Once you accept your offer of admission, the next thing to do is plan your registration.