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Requirements for Canadian Students

Entrance requirements vary from program to program. Please visit our applicant checklist for more information on how to apply on the website. General requirements include: an OSSD with six Grade 12 courses at the 4U or 4M (U/C) level (prerequisite courses must be at the 4U level); Grade 12 English 4U is recommended for all degrees; Grade 12 4U/4M credits for co-op work experience will not be considered as part of the six courses. Students are expected to present a minimum percentage grade and prerequisite average depending on the program for which they apply.

Requirements for International Students

Your academic performance in your previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to Carleton’s undergraduate degree programs. High school graduation is the normal level required for admission to the first year of a Bachelor’s degree. In some cases, you will also be required to present specific courses (prerequisites). See for more details. We recognize and accept national and international qualifications from most countries.

If your first language is not English, in addition to your academic performance, you will also need to demonstrate English language proficiency. You can do this by demonstrating you have been studying for the last 3 years (full time) in a high school, college, or university in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. or any other country in which the primary language is English and where the language of instruction in the relevant institution was exclusively English. Alternatively, you may submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson, or CAEL test score. See for our required cutoffs for admission.

Procedure for Canadian Students

If you are presently finishing your last year of high school you must obtain your Personal Access Information (login information) from your guidance office before applying online through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) at

Admissions information is available at

Procedure for International Students

The majority of Carleton’s undergraduate degree programs have a September entry date. Deadlines for application vary by program from January to April, so be sure to check the website for your program of choice. We operate on a rolling admission timeline, which means that the sooner your application documents are received, the sooner we can process your application. We recommend starting the application process by the January of the year you wish to begin your studies. See for more details.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, September
Notes:The academic year is divided into three sessions: fall, winter, and summer. The majority of programs have a Fall (September) start date, though some programs may allow for entry in Winter (January) or Summer (May) if space allows. The fall session runs from September to December, the winter session from January to April, and the 2 summer sessions from May to June and July to August.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on August 14, 2020

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