Undergraduate Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will classes go ahead in September / Will classes be online in the fall?
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. That said, to prioritize safety, and in line with public health information available at this time, Carleton has made the decision to guarantee the online delivery of all first-year courses. Read the latest message from Carleton’s President.
Q: How will taking classes online change my university experience?
Over 13,000 Carleton students are currently taking courses in our fully online summer semester. Our whole community has mobilized to ensure a high-quality online education and experience for all students. We look forward to sharing more details soon about how our faculty members are preparing and designing engaging learning experiences.
Q: How can I access services?
We are putting everything in place to support your success in these exceptional circumstances. For example, we can assure you that Carleton will provide:
- Easy access to virtual mental health counselling and support
- Online peer-to-peer mentorship programs
- Creative virtual social spaces and activities for students to help combat isolation
- An inclusive learning environment that can be accessed from anywhere in the world
This means that if you are unable or choose not to live in Ottawa this fall, you will have everything you need to successfully begin your studies at Carleton from a distance.
Q: If classes are online in September, will tuition be reduced?
Tuition adjustments dependent on program delivery method have not yet been determined. As plans evolve, this information will be communicated.
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. If you had a deadline of May 1 to accept your offer, we have extended May 1 deadlines to June 1.
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.
Q: Can I live in residence?
Even if courses are online, many students will still want to live in residence. Carleton is working closely with Ottawa Public Health to adapt our spaces in residence and ensure that living on campus will be safe and will remain an exceptional experience for students. The steps being taken include, but are not limited to, single room spaces in traditional- and suite-style residences, increased cleaning practices in communal areas, support for those requiring isolation immediately before or during their time in residence, and decreased density in all areas.
Some dates, deadlines and fees to be aware of:
- Students accepting their offer of residence by 4:30 p.m. on June 8, 2020 will be guaranteed a space in residence for either September-April or January-April.
- Students must confirm their commitment to join us in residence, for either a September or a January start date, with Housing and Residence Life Services by 4:30 p.m. on July 15, 2020.
- Students joining in September will have single occupancy in either a single room or a double room.
- Those living in a single room will be charged a single room rate.
- Those living in a double room may be placed with a roommate if restrictions are lifted. These students will be charged a double room rate.
- Students wishing to cancel residence for September-April with a full refund of the deposit may do so by 4:30 p.m. on July 15, 2020.
- Students wishing to cancel residence for January-April with a full refund of the deposit may do so by 4:30 pm on October 30, 2020.
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!
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: 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 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 letter.
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?