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Individuals who have or are currently taking Carleton credit courses but are not registered in a degree program.


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.

In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Public Affairs, and Faculty of Science, a Special student can normally be considered for admission to a General degree program after completing 4.0 credits (or the equivalent), and if the student would be in Good Standing if admitted. Students seeking admission are usually not considered for admission until the necessary prerequisites have been successfully completed in addition to the 4.0 approved credits (or the equivalent). The prerequisite subjects (4U/4M courses or equivalents) are found at the end of this section under 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

Special students wishing to apply for admission to the Faculty of Engineering, or the Schools of Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Industrial Design, Information Technology, Journalism, or Social Work, are urged to consult with Admissions Services.

Special students who meet the age requirement for Mature Applicants can normally be considered for admission on this basis only if they meet all admission requirements for Mature Applicants.

The general application deadline for Fall admission (September 2016 entry) is June 1, 2016.

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 2016 entry) is October 15, 2015. Only a limited number of programs permit entry in the winter term.


Apply on-line and track application

As an internal applicant, apply directly using our on-line 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 when completing the application for admission.

Within 5 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 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 will receive an admission decision within 4-6 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 them 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. Read and note any conditions identified in your offer. You will need to fulfill all conditions before the end of August.

You may apply for a space in residence by submitting an application to be included in the lottery to be held on June 13, 2016. Visit the Housing website for more information.