Offers of Admission

Basic Requirements for Admission

For Ontario high schools, the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is required, with six 4U/M courses. Prerequisite courses must be at the 4U level. 4U English is recommended. Credits for co-op courses will not be considered. Admission averages and prerequisites vary by degree and program.

Failed and Repeated Courses

We take the highest mark for repeated courses.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions

We will begin offers of admission in January/February.

Offers will continue on a rolling basis as we receive updated grade information. For specialized programs (Architectural Studies, Industrial Design, Information Technology [Interactive Multimedia and Design], Music and Social Work) that require additional information (e.g., portfolios, interviews, auditions), admission decisions will begin to be made between 2 and 4 weeks after the portfolio/supplementary application deadline.

If you are applying to any of the specialty programs listed above and are also planning to submit an English-language test score, please note that scores are due on or before the portfolio or supplementary application deadlines.

Note: Most offers of admission are conditional. Once we receive your final grades, we will re-assess your application to ensure that it still meets the requirements for the program and that you have received the OSSD. If you have not met the conditions, we will withdraw the offer of admission. However, where it is possible, we will attempt to provide an alternate offer of admission.

If you have been admitted to Carleton with an admission average of 80% or better, you will automatically be considered for 1 of our Entrance Scholarships. The admission average is calculated based on the high school grades submitted in support of the application, including any required prerequisite courses. For you to be eligible for an Entrance Scholarship, Admissions Services must receive the complete application for admission and all grades by June 15. Note:

  • If you were given a scholarship offer based on early grades, and your admission average is higher when we receive your midterm grades in May, you will have your scholarship adjusted upward, if applicable.
  • If your midterm average is lower than the average calculated from early grades, you will keep the original scholarship offer.
  • Scholarships are not re-assessed based on the grades received in June/July.
  • The Entrance Scholarship offer is valid as long as you remain admissible to the chosen program.