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As Canada and the world respond to COVID-19, Carleton is monitoring the situation very closely. We are dedicated to ensuring students receive the help they need at all times, especially now. It goes without saying that the safety of students, faculty and staff is our first priority. Find out how Carleton University is responding to COVID-19.

Carleton will continue to work with you individually based on your circumstances.

Students who have questions about their application or about the submission of documents should email us at admissions@carleton.ca or connect with us through our online chats.

We are continuing to update this page as more information becomes available.

Undergraduate Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will classes be online in September?

Carleton has made the decision to guarantee the online delivery of all first-year courses in the fall term, to prioritize safety and to remain in line with public health information available at this time. We are hopeful that the university will be able to reopen our physical spaces partially over the coming months and offer some optional in-person instruction when it is safe to do so.

Q: Will classes be online in the winter?

Course instructors have been advised to develop their Winter 2021 (January) term courses in a manner that will allow them to be delivered remotely. If the university is able to offer some face-to-face instruction in the Winter 2021 term, undergraduate students may have the option to attend some in-person classes or continue taking all their courses remotely.

Q: How will being online change my university experience?

We are putting everything in place to support your success in these exceptional circumstances. 

See what it will be like to learn online with Carleton this fall

  • Find out what classes will look like
  • Access resources to prepare for studying online
  • Browse virtual short term refresher classes, tutorials and academic mini courses to ensure a successful transition to university
  • See the wide array of services and activities we’re providing virtually

Q: What will my orientation experience look like? 

Our amazing orientation team is working on options and new initiatives that we are excited to share with you soon!

In the meantime, new students can take a free online introduction (CU 1001) to the Carleton community that covers academics, finances, campus life, wellness and employability. Students will also have a chance to ask questions and connect during our Ravens Talks web sessions with student leaders and staff.

Q: Can I start in January instead of September?

We do have a ‘Winter’ (January 2021) term, however not all programs are available for entry in January.

All students are encouraged to begin their studies in September if possible. Although you may be able to start in January with optional credits and/or ESL courses, not all of your program courses will be available and it may take longer to complete your degree program.

Q: Can I defer my offer of admission? 

Students with an offer of admission may request a deferral – with the exception of those with offers to study portfolio programs.

A list of the programs that are available for Fall deferral and deferral to Winter are listed on our deferral page, along with the form to request a deferral (the form will be available June 19).

To defer your offer of admission, you must first accept your offer of admission, and declare that you will not be studying elsewhere. There is no fee to defer.

Typically, deferrals are only processed after final grades are received. Please be sure to provide requested documents as soon as they are available.

Q: Can Carleton extend the deadline to accept my offer? 

In order to ensure a place in the program, you are encouraged to accept your offer of admission prior to the deadline stated in your offer. Offers may still be accepted after the deadline, subject to availability in the program. Please note that some competitive or limited enrolment programs (such as portfolio programs) may not allow for late acceptances.

Accepting also does not preclude you from later changing your mind and accepting another offer. Please feel free to reach out to us to talk about your options.

Q: Can I live in residence? 

Yes, students who have accepted their offers and paid the residence deposit by the deadline will be able to live in residence. We are busy making changes to ensure we meet health and safety guidelines. Please visit the Housing and Residence Life Services website for the most up-to-date and complete information.

Q: My school has cancelled or postponed exams – how can I send in my grades/transcripts? Will I still be considered for admission without my final grades?

Yes. If your final exams are cancelled or postponed, we may be able to assess your application using your most recent school grades. We will consider each student’s application on a case by case basis. We are dedicated to making sure you have every chance for success with your future studies.

Q: What happens if my courses go to pass/fail and will that affect my ability to be admitted?

As long as the Pass/Fail grades were accompanied by interim and first semester grades, we will be able to use that for our assessments.

Q: Without final grades, how will Carleton determine the amounts for entrance scholarships, and when? 

We are automatically awarding entrance scholarships at the time of admission with the most recent grades available. If you receive an offer of admission, any scholarship amount will be detailed in your offer.

Q: Will students still receive transfer credit for completed AP exams, IB Higher Levels, or A Levels?

Yes, Carleton continues to offer advanced standing (transfer) credit for up to three subjects from these systems as usual. We recognize that much work has already gone into this years’ study in these challenging qualifications, and even though many exams have been cancelled or modified, the examination boards have indicated they will still be awarding credentials that reflect the completion of that work. Please see the official websites of your exam boards for more details. Minimum grade requirements still apply. Credit will be granted provisionally upon receipt of official results.

Q: Where can I direct my questions?

The best way to reach us at this time is to email us directly at admissions@carleton.ca or connect with us through our online chat.

FAQ: International students

Q: Can Carleton extend the deadline to accept my offer? 

In order to ensure a place in the program, you are encouraged to accept your offer of admission prior to the deadline stated in your offer. Offers may still be accepted after the deadline, subject to availability in the program. Please note that some competitive or limited enrolment programs (such as portfolio programs) may not allow for late acceptances.

Please note: You can accept your offer of admission without any financial obligation until after you register for courses. Accepting also does not preclude you from later changing your mind and accepting another offer. Please feel free to reach out to us to talk about your options.

Q: I have a conditional offer asking for final exam results, but my final exams have been cancelled – what should I do?

Upload or email your school transcripts showing your latest in-class work and other assessments. We will use these in lieu of final exam results, along with proof of graduation once that is available. We will consider each student’s application on a case by case basis. We will not issue ‘final’ offers, but rather we will clear the conditions on your offer as you provide available documentation.

Q: Should I wait for my final grades before I accept an offer of admission?

You do not need to wait for your final grades. You should accept your offer of admission by the deadline that is included in your offer letter if you wish to guarantee your spot in the program. You should also be applying for your study permit as soon as possible.

Q: What if I can’t get my documents in on time?

We are flexible with deadlines. You are encouraged to provide your documents as they become available. Let us know via email (international@carleton.ca) how you have been impacted by cancellations or delays related to COVID-19, and Admissions Officers will review each application with your particular situation in mind. (*Please ensure all applicant inquiries are sent from the email address you have provided on your application and include your Carleton Applicant ID number.)

Q: Will I be allowed to come to Canada? Should I apply for a study permit?

We strongly advise that you apply for your study permit as soon as you accept an offer to study at Carleton University. The Government of Canada is continuing to accept and process applications, although travel restrictions are currently in place for foreign nationals. They are requesting that applications for study permits be made online only. (Get more information on how to apply for a study permit on the Government of Canada’s website).

If you would like more information about applying for a study permit, how online studies may impact your status in Canada or work opportunities, or to discuss your particular circumstances, please see the FAQs posted by our International Student Services Office, or contact our advisors directly (isso@carleton.ca).

Q: Will students still receive transfer credit for completed AP exams, IB Higher Levels, or A Levels?

Yes, see previous section for full response.

Q: My English as a Second Language (ESL) test has been cancelled or postponed – are there alternatives to TOEFL or IELTS?

A special online TOEFL test that students can take from home is now available in most countries – see the TOEFL website for details. It is recommended students explore this option. We are also temporarily accepting TOEFL ITP Plus scores from students in China. Please check our ESL requirements page for scores.

IELTS testing is still available in some limited locations (see the IELTS website for details).

At this time we are not able to accept IELTS Indicator, DuoLingo, or tests other than those published on our website.

If you have studied in a fully English curriculum school for three or more years, and believe you could be eligible for a waiver of the English test requirement, please contact us at international@carleton.ca.

Q: The SAT exams have been cancelled, will that affect my offer of admission?

Carleton doesn’t require SAT scores. We need transcripts/grades from your highest level of education including most recent or final terms of study in order to determine your academic admissibility. Once your application is reviewed, we may request additional documents, but an SAT score will not be requested.

Q: Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply, and we encourage you to apply – we would love you to become part of our Carleton family! We understand the current situation is uncertain, but we are still processing applications.

Our current posted deadline to apply is April 1, however, we are continuing to accept applications.

*Please note: Programs with early deadlines and portfolios have already closed for new applications.

Q: Where can I direct my questions?

If you have questions about your application or the admissions process, please contact us at international@carleton.ca.

You can also chat live with an International Admissions Officer on our website from Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00 ET.

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