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Information for Prospective Students with Special or Extenuating Circumstances


Special/Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Admission

If you have any special/extenuating circumstances that you feel have affected your academic grades and should be taken into consideration when we evaluate your application, please submit a letter regarding these outstanding circumstances to Admissions Services.

Appeals After Suspension

If you were either previously suspended from university or your grades do not meet the current academic standards, it will be necessary for you to appeal for admission. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for instructions on how to submit a letter of appeal.

Information for Students who do not Meet Traditional Entrance Requirements

Carleton University provides a number of pathways to degree study for students who do not meet traditional entrance requirements.


Special Student Studies

Any person interested in pursuing learning opportunities is eligible to apply as a part-time Special student in degree-credit courses, subject to course availability and course prerequisites.

Special students may normally enrol in a maximum of 2.0 credits per academic session (Fall/Winter) and no more than the equivalent of 1.0 credit (e.g. two half-credit courses) in any one term. During the Summer session, Special students may enrol in a maximum of 1.0 credit.

Students may use their studies as a Special student to form a basis of admission for future degree study. For more instructions on applying for admission to a degree program after completing studies as a Special student go to: calendar.carleton.ca/undergrad/regulations/admissions/general.

Visit the Registrar’s Office website for more information on how to register as a Special student.

Enriched Support Program

The Enriched Support Program (ESP) is a full-time program designed for students who have the potential to excel at university. ESP students enrol in up to three first-year degree-credit credits. Students who complete their credits with the necessary grade point average are eligible for entrance to a degree program.

Students enrolled in ESP may be eligible for student loan and/or bursary support.

Visit the ESP website for more information.

Indigenous Enriched Support Program

The Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP) is a full-time program designed for Indigenous students. IESP students enroll in up to three first-year credits that include a First-Year Seminar course in Indigenous Topics taught by an Indigenous Instructor. Students who complete their credits with the necessary grade point average are eligible for entrance to a Bachelor of Arts program.

Students enrolled in IESP may be eligible for funding, student loan and/or bursary support.

Visit the IESP website for more information.

Information for Students with Documented Disabilities


Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities

The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) provides individualized services to students registered at Carleton with documented disabilities. Students should self-identify to the PMC and meet with a coordinator to discuss individual needs for accommodation and support services early each term, prior to the start of your academic program at Carleton.

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