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Due to the recommended public response to COVID-19, we have limited staff available for in-person queries regarding admission to Carleton University. 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 chats.

We are currently reviewing applications for both summer and fall entry terms. Students are encouraged to continue to monitor their applications through Carleton360 and should scan and upload their documents directly at 360.carleton.ca.

Students who have questions about their application or about the submission of documents should email us at admissions@carleton.ca.

Please continue to visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for updated information regarding Carleton’s response to COVID-19.

Undergraduate Admissions FAQs during COVID-19

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Carleton University is carefully following developments in Canada and around the world, as schools close or move online, and as exams and English language tests are cancelled or postponed. We are aware that this is causing some students difficulty in submitting documents and test scores. Students should continue to work with schools and local test centres to secure documents needed for admission.

Carleton will be flexible with deadlines and document requirements – we will continue to work with you individually and make accommodations based on your circumstances.

Our admissions process for fall 2020 is proceeding. We are working on plans to ensure that all admitted students will have the opportunity to study at Carleton in September.

FAQ: Domestic students

Q: I’m an applicant and my school is currently closed. What happens if I can’t provide final grades or my exams are cancelled?

Educational jurisdictions around the world are adjusting their evaluation and assessment methods and submitting results to universities accordingly. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your educational jurisdiction in order to meet our conditions.

If your school board or testing agency is unable to send us final transcripts or exam results by the document deadline, we will consider the documents submitted to date as final and as meeting our offer conditions.

We encourage you to take advantage of any supplementary learning materials that may be provided to you so that you are as well prepared as possible for university studies in the fall.

Q: What will happen with my current high school studies?

We know that many students are worried about what will happen with the studies they are currently completing. In the last several days there have been announcements that students will not be returning to classes this term and many provincial and national exams have been cancelled. That said, each jurisdiction has said clearly that they will be putting plans in place so that students can continue their studies remotely and each jurisdiction has indicated that they will work with students to ensure they can complete their course work and receive a grade.

The format this will take will vary from place to place and we remain committed to being flexible with documentation and deadlines as these new processes unfold. We will be responding with new information as we see what grades we receive from each board and we will adjust our processes accordingly.

Q: What happens if they cancel IB or A-Level tests?

At this time, these exams are cancelled but we have received indications that students studying in these systems will receive a grade even if they do not write the exams. We may also 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: I am an Alberta student: What happens if my diploma exam is cancelled (AB) due to my school board’s closure?

Carleton does not require provincial exam grades for admission, we will assess students based on their school grade.

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 or first semester grades, we will be able to use that for our assessments

Q: Will you consider accepting DuoLingo tests instead of IELTS/CAEL/TOEFL?

An online TOEFL test that students can take from home is available in some locations starting March 23, 2020, with more locations to follow. At this time we are not able to accept 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: 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 I still apply? Can I apply after the deadline?

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 will continue to accept applications after this date.

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

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

We are flexible with deadlines. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible – with or without documents (transcripts and/or English test scores). You can add your documents as they become available. Once you have applied, 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: 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: My English as a Second Language (ESL) test has been cancelled or postponed – are there alternatives to TOEFL or IELTS?

An online TOEFL test that students can take from home is available in some locations starting March 23, 2020, with more locations to follow. At this time we are not able to accept 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: Will I be allowed to come to Canada? Should I apply for a study permit, or should I defer my admission?

When you accept an offer to study at Carleton University, we recommend that you go ahead and apply for your study permit/visa. 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 the Government of Canada’s website).

Getting the study permit/visa process underway will offer you alternatives. You can defer at a later date if you wish as more details become available. More information about applying for a study permit is available from Carleton’s International Student Services Office.

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 EST.

Q: How can I get regular updates?

Be sure to create or update your profile in Carleton 360 – our student portal. You will receive updates, as well as invitations to webinars and events (and country visits when they resume), based on your areas of interest, where you live, and when you want to study.

Follow us on social media for updates, and opportunities to engage! Our team would love to connect with you!

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