Undergraduate Admissions information during COVID-19

As Canada and the world respond to COVID-19, Carleton continues to monitor the situation very closely. We are dedicated to ensuring students receive the help they need at all times, especially now. The safety of students, faculty and staff is our first priority. Find out how Carleton University is responding to COVID-19.

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.

This page is updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Undergraduate Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the vaccination requirements for campus access for fall 2021?

Carleton is implementing vaccination requirements for campus access for fall 2021. Please visit the COVID-19 website for full and up-to-date information.

Q: Are classes being offered in person or online?

As vaccinations continue to roll out across Canada, Carleton is planning for a safe and gradual return to campus in fall 2021. Plans include in-person courses and activities on campus with online options to allow for maximum flexibility for students.

  • We are looking to offer as many in-person courses as possible, in particular seminars, labs, experiential learning and several small and medium-sized classes (with physical distancing, masks and a cap of 60 students).
  • We are offering a flexible learning model for some of these courses, allowing students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, online or a hybrid of both.
  • Larger courses, for example first year lectures, will be offered online, either synchronously (in real time), asynchronously or a blend of these.

Information on course delivery for fall 2021 is available with registration.

Based on student demand, we will be revising the course schedule to offer more online options for courses in the winter 2022 term. More information on these courses will be provided by the end of October.

Find out more about learning with Carleton this fall.

Q: Can I live in residence? 

Carleton University residences are open, having made extensive changes to meet health and safety guidelines – as have our food services, athletic facilities, study spaces and library services. Carleton is committed to providing you with a great residence experience – while helping to keep you safe. See the latest updates on residence or reach out to Housing and Residence Life Services directly: accommodations@carleton.ca.

Q: What will my orientation experience look like?

Fall Orientation offers a week of fun activities, a chance to make new friends, and an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to transition into life at Carleton. In following Ottawa Public Health guidelines and to ensure the safety of all participants, our Fall Orientation programming this year will be primarily delivered online. Our amazing orientation team has put together several new virtual initiatives that we are excited to share with you – join over 4,000 other students at Orientation September 5-10!

Q: Can I start in January instead of September?
We do have a ‘Winter’ (January 2022) term, however not all programs are available for entry in January and a list will be posted on our website in the fall for those that are. 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 who have accepted an offer of admission may request a deferral to a future term – with the exception of those with offers to study portfolio programs. A list of the programs that are available for Winter (January 2022) or Fall (September 2022) are listed on our deferral page, along with the form to request a deferral.

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: What else can I do to prepare for my transition to Carleton?
At Carleton, our community has mobilized to ensure that you have everything you need to successfully transition to university life. Please visit our Virtual Transition Support page to view our unparalleled package of transition and academic support services for 2021/2022 in high-quality online formats. 

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

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. There is no financial commitment required when accepting an offer, and we don’t require final grades or exam results if they’re not yet available. Offers may still be accepted after the deadline, subject to availability in the program. Please note, however, that some programs are filling up, and competitive or limited enrolment programs (such as portfolio programs) may not allow for late acceptances.

Q: What do I do if my grades and documents aren’t available yet?

We understand many schools have been impacted by cancellations, delays, or adjusted assessment procedures. We consider all applications on a case by case basis, and will take your individual circumstances into account. We don’t require final grades or exam results if they’re not yet available. Please upload up to date transcripts and documents as soon as they’re available, and get in touch if you have questions or concerns. We are dedicated to making sure you have every chance for success with your future studies.

Q: My final exams have been cancelled/postponed – what do I do?

We are aware that the Indian CBSE, West African WAEC exams, International Baccalaureate, and some GCE A Levels among others have been either cancelled or postponed. If you have already received a conditional offer requesting you supply your final exam results, or if you are awaiting an offer, please upload your up to date school results (marksheets, midterms, or other assessments) or contact us (international@carleton.ca) with your questions.

Q: Can I travel to Carleton?

There are global travel advisories and restrictions still in place – be sure to check your own country’s and airline advice, as well as the Canadian government site with current travel requirements.

Carleton University’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan for international students, approved by the Government of Canada, is in place to support you arriving in Canada. Full information is available on the International Student Services Office (ISSO) website, including quarantine planning, pre-arrival support, mandatory testing and government protocols. (See: Air Canada discount for international students)

For assistance, questions or guidance on travelling to Canada, please reach out to the ISSO directly: isso@carleton.ca.

Q: Should I apply for a study permit?

We recommend that you apply for your study permit as soon as you accept an offer to study at Carleton University. You can apply for a study permit with a conditional offer of admission. Please refer to timelines and guidance 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, updates on processing times, or to discuss your particular circumstances, students are welcome to contact our advisors with questions or for assistance (immigration.advising@carleton.ca).

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 International Admissions from Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00 ET.

More Ways to

Stay Connected with Carleton

Sign up for Carleton 360

Get started in Carleton360 to receive tailored information on our programs, student services and community.

Take a virtual campus tour

Explore Carleton's beautiful riverside campus inside our virtual tour. More scenes coming soon!