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.
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?