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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.

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 acknowledging that we received your application. This email will contain your Carleton applicant number and your MyCarletonOne (MC1) username and password, along with details on how to check the status of your application on our student portal—Carleton 360.

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 Robertson Hall
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.


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 360 by clicking on the View Offer Details link on the application page. Important information about your degree program 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 do so by the date indicated on your offer letter in order to reserve your space in the program. Log in to Carleton 360 and accept your offer on the Admission Offer Details page. Read and note any conditions identified in your offer.

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.

Get started in Carleton360 to receive tailored information on our programs, student services and community.